George Clooney turned down a R560 million pay cheque for one day's work – here's why

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In a new interview with The Guardian, George Clooney revealed he turned down a massive pay cheque for one important reason.

The actor was asked if he felt he had "enough money now" to which he responded: "Well, yeah. I was offered $35 million [R558 595 100] for one day's work for an airline commercial, but I talked to Amal [his wife, a lawyer and human rights activist] about it, and we decided it's not worth it."

The star, who is promoting his film, The Tender Bar, which he directed, explains: "It was [associated with] a country that, although it's an ally, is questionable at times, and so I thought, 'Well, if it takes a minute's sleep away from me, it's not worth it.'"

The actor, who shares twins Ella and Alexander, 4, with Amal Clooney, spends less time on screen. "In general, there just aren't that many great parts — and, look, I don't have to act," he says. "My wife and I had this conversation when I turned 60 this summer. I said, 'I can still bounce around pretty good, and we both love what we do. But we gotta make sure we don't book ourselves silly.' So part of it is just us making sure we live our lives."

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"It's true, I'd been dating for quite a while. But she's [Amal's] a very impressive person! She's beautiful, smart, funny and we fell in love right away and got married after six months. And now we're having such a great time."

As a result of his acting break, he's also had more time at home with his kids, who are "so different" – "it's like night and day". "Alexander loves to laugh and Ella's very serious, always making sure everybody plays by the rules. They really are born with their personalities!" he says. 

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