Four days before he was due to start work on his new movie, George Clooney was rushed to hospital with excruciating stomach pains.
Diagnosed with pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening, the actor had to spend days in hospital.
The 59-year-old had lost nearly 2st for his upcoming role as a survivor of a global catastrophe and believes his diet may have contributed to his illness.
He says: “I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn’t taking care of myself.”
George had been due to fly to the Arctic to direct and star in The Midnight Sky, alongside Brit actors Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo.
In it, he plays a cancer-riddled astronomer who battles the elements at his remote snow-swept station to contact the crew of a returning spaceship.
The star, who has directed six other films, said this was his biggest project yet – and he needed to be in peak condition to see it through.
He says: “It took a few weeks to get better and as a director it’s not so easy because you need energy.
“We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character. This is bigger than anything I’ve done before and it was like herding cats to get it done. But, you know, it was fun.”
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