Back in 2012, George Clooney decided to auction off his 2008 Tesla "Signature 100" Roadster in an effort to raise funds for his Satellite Sentinel Project. 

While the 52-year-old called the electric vehicle a "thrill to ride" in the auction listing, that particular experience was apparently not always the case. 

“I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, number five on the list," he tells Esquire magazine in a new interview. "But I’m telling you, I’ve been on the side of the road a while in that thing. And I said to them, ‘Look, guys, why am I always stuck on the side of the f***ing road? Make it work, one way or another.’ ”


The actor's displeasure with the vehicle may be one of the reasons why, at the time of the auction, its odometer had recorded fewer than 2,000 miles. It eventually sold for $99,000. 

Tesla discontinued orders for the Roadster in August 2011. It plans to introduce a second generation of the sportscar sometime in 2018. 

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George Clooney's Tesla Roadster left him stranded
Actor tells Esquire magazine that his early-model 2008 Tesla Roadster was not the most dependable vehicle.