Cruising for a bruising
Tom Cruise commiserates with Clooney, but won’t abandon bike
Tom Cruise wishes his Hollywood pal George Clooney a speedy recovery after Clooney was injured in a scooter crash earlier this week. Clooney, 57, was hospitalized on Tuesday, after he came off his motorbike at 96 km/ h following a collision with a Mercedes in Sardinia, Italy.
Cruise, who is known for doing all of his own stunts in films including the Mission: Impossible franchise, sent his well wishes to Clooney and told him to “be careful, be careful, man!” when asked if he had any advice.
“He’s great on a motorcycle and I hope he’s OK,” Cruise told Access at the world debut of Mission Impossible: Fallout, in Paris. “I really, George, I didn’t know until I was here, but I hope you’re OK buddy.” Cruise is a huge motorcycle fan himself, and last year was seen zipping around on one of the most expensive models on the market. He was further asked if his pal’s accident had made him reassess his own passion for the vehicle. “Never, no never,” he insisted. “The bike will retire me, I won’t retire the bike.”
Clooney was seen leaving the Italian island on Thursday, with his wife Amal and their 13-monthold twins, Ella and Alexander. He had been renting a home with his family while he filmed the miniseries Catch-22, a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s book of the same name, which he is believed to have either finished or it has been put on hold while the actor recovers. Meanwhile, the driver of the Mercedes said he was horrified
The bike will retire me, I won’t retire the bike.
when he realized he had hit a famous actor.
Plumber Antonello Viglino told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera he didn’t see Clooney as he tried to make a turn into a residential compound and at first didn’t even know who the driver was. “I couldn’t see anything, I had the sun in my eyes,” he said. “I was just starting to turn, I’d only gone a little way over the white line. I’m in shock. It all happened in an instant. I tried to stay calm. I was worried that he had hurt himself really badly. I could never have imagined that I would have hit George Clooney.”