George Clooney found himself so ill when he contracted Covid that he was forced to direct his latest film from his bed.
The 62-year-old actor was part of The boys in the boatwhich was filmed last year but due for release later this month, on his iPad while bedridden after falling ill with the virus – with his producing partner Grant Heslov giving him a helping hand since filming .
Clooney said People magazine: “I was really sick. This was the first time I had Covid.
“I’m on an iPad hacking my room. Grant was sitting in front of the camera and they were handing Cal the iPad and I was like, “Ah, go quick.” I would say “Faster”, whatever it is.
“We only had to do it for a week.”
A string of other film staff – including star Joel Edgerton, 49 – have also been affected by the virus.
Clooney added: “By the way, he fell first, in the interest of fairness. So if we are looking for the zero point…”.
The actor and director believes an intimate dinner with the cast of the film, which tells the story of the University of Washington underdog rowing team that made it to the 1936 Olympics, helped spread the virus even if they were all “tested and vaccinated”.
He said: “We all landed in London. We will shoot the next day. So we organize a small dinner for the crew.
“I mean the rowers, our kids and (stars) Hadley (Robinson) and Courtney (Henggeler) and (Edgerton) and me.
“That’s it. A small room. And in that small room, let’s say there were 18 people there, 17 people got Covid.
But actor Callum Turner, 33, managed to avoid contracting the virus and said People: “Yeah, everyone came down one by one around me. It was just me and Grant who didn’t understand, for some reason.
“It was funny. George on his iPhone directing in his dressing gown from somewhere. Clooney has spoken openly about a series of health issues he has battled since his youth. He was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy when he was younger, and in 2020 he was rushed to hospital with excruciating stomach pain, pain that turned out to be pancreatitis.