It's no secret that the movie that earned George Clooney an Oscar also pretty much ruined his health. After a particularly violent torture scene in Syriana severely hurt his back and brain, Clooney's been coping with the injuries ever since.
And according to sources on Steven Soderbergh's upcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E. flick, Clooney is dropping out because of these same old injuries, which have never entirely healed...
"He said he just can't do the action and stunt scenes," revealed an U.N.C.L.E. source who's familiar with handsome actor's health situation. "In fact, I think he's planning on having another operation during the time he would have been filming."
Clooney's reps have not returned comment, as yet.
"But George knows this movie is all about action," continued the U.N.C.L.E. insider, "and he knows he's just not up to it. That's what this is about. It's nothing to do with Steven."
Soderbergh and Clooney have a long-standing relationship together, most famously from the Oscar-winning director's Ocean's Eleven franchise, which, admittedly, allowed George to thieve and plunder with gadgets and killer facial expressions more than the death-defying stunts that have apparently been written into the U.N.C.L.E. script.
Heal fast, George!