George Clooney Really Hooked His 14 Closest Friends Up With $1 Million

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George Clooney attending the Catch-22 UK Premiere, held at VUE Cinema Westfield, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

To put it simply: George Clooney sounds like the homie.

The decorated actor sat down with GQ for an extended profile stemming from his new title of GQ Icon of the Year and explained the truth behind the rumor that he slid each of his 14 closest friends $1 million cash money.

He recalled, hesitantly at first, that he was "a single guy" and was preparing to collect some big bucks as a part-owner of the 2013 film 'Gravity.' He wanted to repay his buddies for all the times they had helped him out when he was down bad. "I just thought basically if I get hit by a bus, they're all in the will. So why the f**k am I waiting to get hit by a bus?"

But you can't just walk in the bank and withdraw $14 million, so Clooney did some digging and found a secret place that specializes in serving ungodly sums of cash. Next, he channeled his 'Ocean's' experience and rented an average-looking van simply labeled "Florist" for his getaway vehicle.

No one knew about the plan except for his assistant "and a couple of security guys that were s***ting themselves. And we brought [the van] up, and I bought 14 Tumi bags, and then I packed in a million bucks, cash, which isn't as much as you think it is, weight-wise, into these Tumi bags."

How he handled the reveal, which, as destiny would have it, fell on Sept. 27, his future wedding anniversary, is about as nonchalant as one would expect from one of the coolest people on the planet. "And I just held up a map and I just pointed to all the places I got to go in the world and all the things I've gotten to see because of them. And I said, 'How do you repay people like that?' And I said, 'Oh, well: How about a million bucks?'"