George Clooney may be besties with Brad Pitt and love to laugh it up with the likes of Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, but the Hollywood heartthrob clearly doesn't like everybody. The 52-year-old actor has some choice words to say when it comes to fellow A-listers like Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ashton Kutcher.
In a candid interview with Esquire magazine, Clooney speaks frankly about his rift with Crowe, telling his side of the story about the poems he received from the "Gladiator" actor.
"The truth is that [Crowe] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the s--t out of me, which he did. He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all. He put out this thing saying, 'George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Robert De Niro are sellouts,'" George recalls. "And I put out a statement saying, 'He's probably right. And I'm glad he told us, 'cause Bob and Harrison and I were also thinking about starting a band, which would also fall under the heading of bad use of celebrity.'" [In case you forgot, Crowe is the frontman to his own band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.]
"And that's when he really went off on me. … And so I sent him a note going, 'Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What … is wrong with you?'"
Clooney also shares a few things about DiCaprio and the time they've spent together on the basketball courts … and he doesn't think too highly of Leo's infamous posse.
"The thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking s--t," George says, referring to a guy he met named Danny A., whom Clooney describes as a club kid from New York. "He comes up to me and says, 'We played once at Chelsea Piers. I kicked your a--.' I said, 'I've only played at Chelsea Piers once in my life and ran the table. So if we played, you didn't kick anybody’s a--. We’re all like fifty years old, and we beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0. And the discrepancy between their game and how they talked about their game made me think of how important it is to have someone in your life to tell you what's what. I'm not sure if Leo has someone like that."
Clooney's rep later clarified the star's comments about DiCaprio.
"The Leo comments made by George were all made in fun about basketball. Not about Leo's life," the rep tells Us Weekly. "The writer and George were laughing about basketball buddies."
George also throws a little shade at Kutcher, questioning his Twitter antics. "I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, 'Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,' or whatever he said, you just go, 'Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn't have done that.’'"
While he may not have had the nicest of things to say about these three stars, when "omg! Insider" caught up with the "Gravity" actor over the weekend at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards over the weekend, he had nothing but nice words to say about pals Roberts and Bullock.
Check out this video to hear what he had to say, and be sure to tune in to "omg! Insider" on TV tonight for all the latest in entertainment news.
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