George Clooney once considered suicide.
During production for the 2005 film Syriana, Clooney suffered a serious spinal injury on set and was in physical pain for several weeks.
I was at a point where I thought, 'I can't exist like this. I can't actually live,' he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview.
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 . . . I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this,' Clooney added.
Clooney, who played CIA operative Bob Barnes in Syriana, was involved in a failed stunt scene which caused spinal fluid to leak through his nose.
The actor even planned the exact suicide method at the time.
You start to think in terms of, you don't want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine . . . it seems like the nicest way to do 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 revealed to the magazine.
This is not the first time the 50-year-old actor has spoken about the injury.
During a promotional tour for Syriana in 2005, Clooney hinted at his suicidal thoughts.
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 . . . there was this scene where I was taped to the chair and getting beaten up. The chair was kicked over and I hit my head, he told ContactMusic.
Clooney ended up having multiple surgeries, and has since complained of the occasional headache.
I tore my dura, which is the wrap around my spine that holds in the spinal fluid. But it's not my back; it's my brain. I basically bruised my brain, Clooney said.
During awards season that year, Clooney went home a double winner, taking the Golden Globe and Oscar for best supporting actor.
These days, the former Sexiest Man Alive has been keeping busy with a string of lady friends, the most recent being actress and former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler. Clooney was previously linked to Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis and reality TV star Sarah Larson.
Clooney has also kept busy with films, crossing over to the directing and producing side. This year, the silver-haired star released The Ides of March, a political thriller he both directs and stars in. Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman also appear in the film.
With the current awards season on the rise, Clooney has been receiving Oscar buzz for his role as family man Matt King in Alexander Payne's comedy-drama, 'The Descendants. The film, which opens on Wednesday, takes place in Hawaii and also stars Judy Greer, Beau Bridges and Matthew Lillard.
The Descendants opens in theaters on Wednesday.