Where do we sign up to be best friends with George Clooney?
During a recent episode of MSNBC‘s Headliners, the 56-year-old actor’s best friend Rande Gerber revealed that back in 2013 George paid 14 of his closest pals’ taxes for the year AND gave them each ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Lolwut.
Gerber (who co-owned Casamigos Tequila with Clooney) dished:
“There’s a group of guys that we call ├óΓé¼╦£The Boys.’ George had called me and ├óΓé¼╦£The Boys’ and said, ├óΓé¼╦£Hey, mark September 27, 2013 on your calendar. Everyone’s going to come to my house for dinner.”
When the guests arrived, they found black suitcases under their chairs with special messages of appreciation for helping George at the beginning of his career.
Rande went on:
“George begins to say, ‘Listen, I want you guys to know how much you’ve meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life. I came to L.A., I slept on your couch. I’m so fortunate in my life to have all of you and I couldn’t be where I am today without all of you. So, it was really important to me that while we’re still all here together, that I give back. So I want you all to open your suitcases.'”
Inside each suitcase was a million dollars in $20 bills. Wow.
And that’s not all, Gerber said of Clooney’s generosity:
“Every one of us├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥14 of us├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥got a million dollars. Every single one of us. We’re in shock. Like, what is this? He goes, ‘I know we’ve all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it. You don’t have to worry about your kids, you don’t have to worry about, you know, school, you don’t have to worry about paying your mortgage.’ One was working at a bar in Texas at the airport, trying just to support his family. Rides a bicycle to work every day. I mean these are guys that took care of George and now he’s giving it all back. And George said, ├óΓé¼╦£Not only that, I have paid everyone’s taxes so this million dollars is yours.'”
“I pull him aside and said, ‘I absolutely am not taking this million dollars.’ Immediately George goes, ‘I’m just going to make one announcement. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.'”
Gerber ended up donating his present to charity. Ah, lifestyles of the rich and famous.
And if you needed anymore proof of how awesome George and Amal Clooney are — we’re hearing the pair passed out noise-canceling headphones to all their fellow passengers during a recent flight to England to apologize for having their 6-month-old twins on board.
Gosh, what we wouldn’t give to be a friend OR a person on that plane! LOLz!
[Image via Apega/WENN.]