George Clooney: ‘I contemplated suicide’

'The Ides Of March' star was left desperate after a back injury

George Clooney has revealed that he once contemplated suicide following a back injury.

The star injured his spine while filming Syria in 2005, and admits that that pain left him thinking about doing “something drastic” while in his hospital bed.

Clooney told Rolling Stone: “I was at the point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live.'”

I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this’.

But he went on to reassure fans that he never thought he would actually go through with it: “But I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”

Clooney, who can currently be seen in political thriller The Ides Of March, which he also directed, said that he still suffers from painful headaches even after years of operations. He was forced to pull out of a big-screen version of The Man From UNCLE in September to undergo more surgery.

You can watch footage of Clooney at the London premiere of The Ides Of March by clicking below.