George Clooney once pulled off a flamboyant act when he gave suitcases packed with $1 million to each to his 14 closest pals, according to a new interview.
The A-list actor told GQ for the magazine’s Men of the Year issue that “I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will. So why the f–-k am I waiting to get hit by a bus?”
The “Ocean’s Eleven” star — who was confirming long-standing rumors about his 2013 giveaway — said the only real problem was actually getting his hands on $14 million in cash.
Clooney, 59, said he was able to get it at a location in downtown Los Angeles — which he didn’t reveal — and carry it away in a rented beat-up van that said “Florist” on the side.
“I packed in a million bucks, cash, which isn’t as much as you think it is, weight-wise, into these Tumi bags,” Clooney recalled.
Only his assistant “and a couple of security guys that were sh–ting themselves” knew about the plan.
The next day, Clooney said, he invited his buds over and “I just held up a map and I just pointed to all the places I got to go in the world and all the things I’ve gotten to see because of them. And I said, ‘How do you repay people like that?’ ”
“And I said, ‘Oh, well: How about a million bucks?’ ”
Clooney — who is now married to human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney, with whom he has twins — wasn’t expecting to have a family at the time and had also just gotten a payday from the movie “Gravity.”
“I was a single guy. All of us were aging. I was 52 or something. And most of my friends are older than me,” he said. “And I thought, what I do have are these guys . . . I’ve slept on their couches when I was broke. They loaned me money when I was broke. They helped me when I needed help over the years . . . And I thought, you know, without them I don’t have any of this.”