A year ago, George Clooney had a brush with death when the Ocean’s Eleven star hit a Mercedes at 70-miles an hour.
Fortunately, he survived and his second chance at life entails giving up riding motorcycles at the insistence of his wife, Amal Clooney.
Clooney recently shared his story.
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On Wednesday, Clooney discussed last year’s collision while at a panel promoting Hulu’s Catch-22 mini-series in New York.
“I got into a really bad accident. I hit a guy at 70 miles an hour on my bike. Got launched. And so… I’m off of bikes.”
The father of twins – daughter, Ella, and son, Alexander – recalled the incident again as a guest on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show and said he “used up nine lives.”
“I actually thought that was it. Do that 100 times, 99 [of those] times I wouldn’t be around [after]. So I used up nine lives, and then my wife and I said, ‘Ok, I’m off two wheels.’ “
Ellen sympathized with Clooney, who just turned 58 on Monday, and prepared a special gift for him: a custom-made three-wheeled, senior scooter that featured his cover from PEOPLE’s 1997 Sexiest Man Alive issue.
[Official Videos] George Clooney chats, visits old office on The Ellen DeGeneres Show https://t.co/1nwRmxNXiW
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“I’m now the AARP Sexiest Man Still Alive,” touted the two-time Oscar-winner as he mounted his new steel pony.
You can watch George Clooney take Ellen’s scooter for a spin in the full interview here.
“Oh, I like it, I like it,” he said approvingly as the studio audience cheered him on.
“I’ve never felt more masculine, honestly. It’s a good thing I’m married because it’s over.”
He will get another Sexiest Man Alive for sure by riding that !!! 😀
— JackieP (@JackieP69468919) May 9, 2019
The Ellen Show YouTube viewers marveled over his enduring sex appeal and ability to maintain being a complete goofball.
“It’s frustrating sometimes to see that he just isn’t ageing. I mean I love him, but how ???”
“He’s one of those people that is just legitimately funny. He doesn’t try to be, he just is. And still incredibly sexy, AARP or not.”
“The last few seconds of this clip perfectly show how Clooney is hilarious even when he’s not really trying”
“Only George Clooney could go flying 70mph and still look like a billion bucks”
“Thank you Ellen’s team for bringing out George Clooney. He is a man of character. :-)”
I'm o glad ur ok George , motorcycles are dangerous , please take care & God bless u & your family , much luv & light & healing to u 😃😃🙏🙏🙏💜 https://t.co/oRIb0SqVHl
— Anne Johnston (@AnneJoh96475798) May 9, 2019
Clooney was hospitalized in Italy last July after a Mercedes cut across his path. The then-57-year-old was thrown from his bike and landed on the asphalt but didn’t sustain major injuries.
Thank god for that , I am so glad that #GeorgeClooney is alright and well . Best news of #2018 yet . 👍🏻👌🌟
— K⚡️🍎 (@MolyneauxNathan) July 20, 2018
The actor was in the country filming for Hulu’s upcoming miniseries Catch-22 based on Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel of the same name that was previously a film in 1970 directed by Mike Nichols.
Clooney will play the role of Col. Cathcart – previously played in the film by Martin Balsam – and will be joined by co-stars Kyle Chandler and Christopher Abbott.
George Clooney is returning to television after 20 years
20 years after he left medical drama ER, George Clooney returns to television this month with an adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, a novel whose complexity the actor said made it ideal for a six-part series. pic.twitter.com/rVAgntluwp
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Catch-22 will mark Clooney’s return to TV since leaving ER in 1999 as Dr. Doug Ross and is set to stream on May 17 on Hulu.