The Big Scare George Clooney Had During His Recent TV Shoot

As challenges for an actor and director go, adapting Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 for the screen has to somewhere near the top. But that didn’t stop George Clooney from tackling the classic novel in his new Hulu show. (It debuts May 17 on the streaming service.)

Once he got to work, Clooney had more than creative challenges to worry about shooting the limited series in Sardinia, Italy. Driving a motorbike on his way to work last summer, the Oscar-winner collided head-on with a station wagon at high speeds.

The resulting crash looked like it would be serious for Clooney. (He launched high into the air upon impact.) However, due to the fact he was wearing a helmet and landed smoothly enough, he escaped with some trauma to the pelvis and bruising to his arms and legs.

Seeing the video of the crash that aired later on The Today Show, Clooney appears to have (as previously reported) all the luck. But his wife Amal isn’t going to let him test it again.

A driver veered into Clooney’s lane, shattering his helmet upon impact.

Actor/director George Clooney is seen on set filming ‘Catch 22’ on July 20, 2018 in Sutri, Viterbo, Italy. He’d crashed his bike just 10 days earlier. | Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images

If anyone needed another reason to wear a helmet on a scooter or motorcycle, Clooney’s crash ought to provide it. According to reports from the scene, his helmet shattered when he slammed into the oncoming car’s windshield.

Clooney then flipped off the bike and landed onto the asphalt. The 67-year-old Italian man driving the car said he veered into the wrong lane due to some sun in his eyes. The video of the crash is alarming.

Somehow, Clooney made it out of that wreck with just minor injuries. After being treated in a local hospital, he went home after a few hours, cleared to recover on his own.

Later, he admitted he was going 70 miles per hour at the moment of impact. While that was as lucky a break as one can get, Amal Clooney told her husband it would be the last time he can try it.

Clooney said he’s ‘not allowed to ride motorcycles’ anymore on Amal’s order.

Clooney plays Lt. Scheisskopf in his ‘Catch-22’ adaptation. | Philipe Antonello/Hulu

While promoting Catch-22 at a recent event, Clooney discussed how his freewheeling days on motorbikes came to an end with that wreck. “I’m not allowed to ride motorcycles,” he said, according to a People report.

“I got into a really bad accident, got launched,” Clooney continued. “And so that’s it, I’m off of bikes. Grant [Heslov] is [also] off. We screwed up and our wives were like, ‘You can never get on a bike again.'”

Heslov, who collaborated with Clooney on projects such as Argo and Ides of March, served as an executive producer and directed two episodes of Catch-22. (Clooney and Ellen Kuras also directed two apiece.)

While he originally planned to have a large acting role, Clooney scaled back his screen time to focus on directing and producing the six-part series. He appears in three episodes as the loony Lieutenant Scheisskopf.

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