George Clooney recalls moment he was almost killed by child soldier, aged 10

The Gravity actor found himself starring down the barrel of an AK47 during a trip to Sudan

Jenn Selby
Thursday 06 February 2014 11:43
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Some might argue that a fleeting moment in the actor’s scintillating, silver-tongued company is worth every penny.
Some might argue that a fleeting moment in the actor’s scintillating, silver-tongued company is worth every penny.

George Clooney feared for his life when he was held up at gunpoint by a 10-year-old child soldier.

The 52-year-old actor found himself starring down the barrel of an AK47 during a trip to Sudan in 2007.

He was in the country’s capital, Darfur, filming a documentary on genocide when he was held up.

“We got stopped in the middle of nowhere, where we shouldn’t have been,” he told Variety magazine.

“A little 10-year-old kid came over with a Kalashnikov assault rifle to my head, basically wanted to get us out of the truck.”

He went on to say that although the ordeal was terrifying, it didn’t deter him from travelling to the country in his role as a United Nations peace envoy, or from setting up Not On Our Watch, the humanitarian aid organisation he founded with Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle six years ago.

However, he did rule out any ambition to become a politician in the near future.

“I like the ability to shine light and make it loud,” he said.

“But boy, the idea of administrating and legislating. What a nightmare.”

At least 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the civil war started in 2003.


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