Los Angeles: Hollywood superstar George Clooney and his business partner friend Rande Gerber were "forced" into their tequila business because they were ordering so much for personal consumption.
The 54-year-old "Monuments Men" star, who spent two years developing his tequila brand Casamigos, with Gerber, had to "get legit" for public business as he ordered nearly 1,000 bottles a year, Gerber said, according to Entertainment Tonight.
"George and I started drinking tequila a very long time ago... There came a point when George said to me, 'Why don't we just make our own.' We never meant it to be a business.
"We started out just us drinking it, without anyone being able to buy a bottle," Gerber said.
The 53-year-old businessman said they had to go public with the business when they got a call from the distillery.
"We were kind of forced into (making it a business), after about two years, we got a call from our distillery.
"They told us, 'We have a situation. 'For the past two years, we've sent you a thousand bottles a year. Either you're selling it, or you're drinking way too much. You need to get licensed and get legit with the situation'," Gerber said.