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The Commercial That Made George Clooney A Ridiculous Amount Of Money

At this point, it's safe to say that George Clooney has made a name for himself as one of the most accomplished actors of his era. From his early success starring on NBC's hit medical drama "ER" to his transition into full-on movie stardom with "Ocean's Eleven," Clooney has become a household name and one of the most easily recognized actors in all of Hollywood. His fame is undeniable, and his critical success is nothing to scoff at either. Clooney has been nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories and has won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for "Syriana" and Best Picture for "Argo," which he produced. He continues to direct and star in movies regularly.

It's clear that George Clooney is one of the most famous celebrities in the entire world, and as such, it's natural that getting him to appear in a commercial might cost a fair chunk of cash. Still, it might surprise some fans to learn just how much it cost Nespresso to get the longtime actor to star in their "What else?" commercial from 2015.

Clooney was paid $40 million to star in Nespresso commercials

The commercial in question sees George Clooney and Danny DeVito star as fictionalized versions of themselves on the backlot of a film studio. After DeVito sees Clooney drinking a cup of Nespresso, he asks Clooney to help him become more sophisticated in order to correctly enjoy the elegance of a Nespresso himself. What follows is an absurd montage of Clooney taking Devito to a tailor, a museum, and even to a tango class to help him act like a true Nespresso drinker. The commercial is definitely funny and the two actors have great chemistry together — but we're not exactly sure if Clooney's role was worth the price tag.

According to The Guardian, Clooney has been paid around $40 million dollars for his involvement in Nespresso's ad campaigns. Clooney has been a spokesperson for Nespresso since 2006, and while it's unclear how much he was paid for this commercial specifically, it's still wild to consider anyone being paid such an incredible amount of money to promote an espresso machine in any capacity.