George Clooney hasn’t acted in a film since 2016, and in a interview with The Sunday Times, he admitted that it isn’t a priority for him anymore.
George said, “Look, I acted for a long time and, you know, I’m 56. I’m not the guy that gets the girl anymore. But, look, if somebody’s got Paul Newman in The Verdict, I’d jump. But there aren’t that many like that. Acting used to be how I paid the rent, but I sold a tequila company for a billion dollars. I don’t need money.”
George Clooney confirmed that he sold their Tequila company, Casamigos, for $1 billion.
He said, “I have money. So I can fight to make movies I want to make. If you look at what I’ve been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren’t going to get made if I didn’t do them. Nobody was going to make Good Night, and Good Luck, Michael Clayton or Up in the Air, and I fought to get those out there.”
Although Clooney did add that if he needed to find money to help get a film made that he was passionate about, he’d do whatever he needed to, bringing up the fact that “I used to do coffee commercials.”