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George Clooney considered killing himself

George Clooney says he considered killing himself because the pain from a movie injury was so great.

The actor’s woes came from the filming of “Syriana,” a political thriller based on the memoirs of ex-CIA agent Robert Baer.

“There was this scene where I was taped to a chair and getting beaten up and we did quite a few takes. The chair was kicked over and I hit my head,” Clooney said in an interview on National Public Radio. “I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine which holds in spinal fluid.” Clooney says part of the problem was that he’d put on weight for the role.

Despite the agony he was in, Clooney ruled out taking painkillers because there’s a history of addiction in his family, but the pain got so great, that he considered suicide. Clooney’s complaints were dismissed until spinal fluid started leaking from his nose. He has since had numerous operations.

“Before the surgery it was the most unbearable pain I’ve ever been through, literally where you’d go, ‘well, you’ll have to kill yourself at some point, you can’t live like this,’” Clooney said. He still suffers short term memory problems because of the injury. “It’s probably the worst year personally I have ever had. My brother-in-law died of a heart attack aged 45, my grandma fell, broke her hip and died this summer. And my dog got attacked by a rattlesnake and killed.”

Love and marriage, and MadonnaMadonna has revealed that she and her hubby went through such a tough period she said they almost split, and she now says there’s no such thing as a perfect “soulmate.”

“I got married for all the wrong reasons,” she says in her documentary, “I’m Going To Tell You A Secret.” “My husband did not turn out to be everything I had imagined him to be. I just wanted to end everything.”

But, Madonna says, she came to realize that she had unrealistic expectations of marriage. “There is no such thing as the perfect soulmate,” she said. “If someone and you think they are perfect, you had better run as fast as you can in the other direction. Your soulmate is the person that pushes all your buttons. The person who [bleeps] you off on a regular basis and makes you face your [bleep]. . . . I thank God every day that I married a man who makes me think. That is my definition of true love.”

Notes from all overAlec Baldwin has entered the blogosphere. The left-leaning, politically minded actor has penned an essay for HuffingtonPost.com, attacking Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who seems to have changed her mind about the seriousness of perjury since the Clinton days. “My question for today is: Why are contemporary Republicans so full of [bleep]?” Baldwin wrote. “And a follow-up...How did the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and General Eisenhower get taken over by such lying, thieving, self-serving scoundrels?” . . .  Michael Jackson’s lawyer says the singer is moving to Bahrain permanently.  . . . Catherine Zeta-Jones, out promoting “The Legend of Zorro” reveals that her talents don’t extend to the kitchen. “Michael [Douglas, her hubby] is afraid when I’m in the kitchen,” she said. “That’s what really terrifies him, because I am a terrible cook and I’m not allowed to go in the kitchen anymore. I did actually burn a pan. It wasn’t on fire but it was smoking, and I got a little scared, and right next to the stove was a big old fire extinguisher.”

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