The Hollywood A-list star George Clooney has revealed that he was rushed to the hospital after losing 28 pounds for his new movie, The Midnight Sky.
Clooney, 59, had lost the weight for the film in which he plays an astronomer who survives an apocalyptic event. However, just four days before filming was to begin, he was rushed to the stomach pains and was eventually diagnosed as pancreatitis. It took Clooney weeks to recover from this.
“I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn’t taking care of myself,” Clooney told the U.K. Mirror.
The star, who also directed the movie, went on to say, “It took a few weeks to get better and as a director, it’s not so easy because you need energy. We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character.”
Clooney also had to grow a grizzly beard for the role, and he said that his wife Amal was not a fan of it.
“I grew a big ugly beard and my son loved it because he’d hide things in it, which I wouldn’t know about until I got to work and I’d be like, ‘Oh, there’s a popsicle stuck in my beard,'” he explained. “But my wife and daughter were really happy when it came off because it was very hard to find a face underneath all that mess.”
Clooney and his wife are parents to 3 year-old twins, Alexander and Ella. He said that they have been isolating at their home in the Hollywood Hills since the start of the pandemic.
“We really haven’t moved since February,” Clooney explained. “It’s easier in Los Angeles because it’s not raining and snowing, so it’s a lot easier to walk out in the street. These drug companies have done an amazing job and we’re almost there so it would be really stupid to blow it now. So we’re staying here and we’ll do Christmas here.”
“There’s nothing more fun than sitting there in the morning with my kids singing in Italian and us making breakfast for them,” he added. “I picked right when I picked Amal. It’s just the two of us having dinner together every night and we never run out of conversation. We couldn’t be happier with our lives and we couldn’t feel luckier.”