George Clooney and Elon Musk Tussle Over Tesla


George Clooney talked a little smack about the Tesla Roadster he once owned and, in a not at all shocking turn of events, Elon Musk was ready with a clever response.

The whole thing came about after some comments Clooney made during an interview with Esquire magazine. It wasn’t even an interview about his car, but about him being famous and working with other famous people and the typical stuff you’d expect in an interview with a movie star. Then, at the very end, the interviewer asks him what happened to his Tesla.

Clooney’s answer was not at all flattering of his Tesla Roaster. The actor said, “I had a Tesla. I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, No. 5 on the list. 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.”

There’s no elaboration about Tesla’s attempts to make it work or what kinds of problems Clooney was having in the first place, just that he was not a happy movie star. He was so unhappy that he auctioned off his Tesla Roadster, which is actually a collectible car of sorts since it’s no longer in production and hasn’t been sold in the US since 2011.

The car went for a tidy $99,0000 which Clooney generously chose to donate to charity. You’d think that’d be the end of things, but no, not even close. If you know Tesla CEO Elon Musk at all, then you know he’s not just going to sit idly by while a movie star disses his cars. Musk took to twitter with this wonderfully snarky response.


Take that famous movie star picking on the little guy. No, wait, just who is the little guy in this particular battle? Check out our video of the car in question, from way back in the old days of 2010 when it was the new hotness.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.