Critical Neck Pain Plagues Clooney
January 20, 2005
"Ocean's 12" was a labor of love for George
Clooney, so when the star cancelled promotional appearances
on shows like "The Late Show With David Letterman"
and "Good Morning America," it was obvious
he was really hurting. Now, for the first time, Clooney's
camp has revealed just how serious the leading man's
injuries were -- and it's much worse than first thought.
When "Extra" spoke with George last week,
he was wearing a bandage around his neck, but always
the gentleman, he downplayed his injuries, saying only,
"I'm good. I'm fine now, had a little surgery over
But we've learned the actor's condition was critical:
he had neck surgery, followed by massive headaches.
Doctors then discovered he had fluid leaking from his
spinal column and performed a spinal cap.
Clooney reportedly hurt his neck while shooting a fight
scene for his upcoming movie "Syriana," which
co-stars "Ocean's 12" buddy Matt Damon. We've
learned Clooney wanted to promote "Oceans 12"
in Europe so badly that he drove to the airport, but
was in such excruciating pain that he was forced to
cancel the trip at the last minute.
But since Clooney's spinal cap, he told us he's doing
a lot better, and was certainly well enough to joke
about his pain, saying, "They just take a thing
and they pull it to make you look younger. I'm okay."