George Clooney discusses Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt

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Clooney is back on his fight with Russell Crowe in the interview. It all started a few years ago when Crowe called the Gravity actor “soldout” in an interview with GQ, criticizing him for an advertisement for coffee and saying it was not a good way to use his image.

“The truth is that [Crowe] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the sh-t out of me, which he did,” Clooney explains.

“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.’ 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.’ And that’s when he really went off on me,” he continues. “‘Who the f–k does this guy think he is? He’s a Frank Sinatra wannabe.’ He really went after 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 the f–k is wrong with you?’”

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When Crowe sent him “a disc of his music and a thing of his poetry” and claimed he was “all misquoted,” Clooney wasn’t too impressed: “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Whatever.'”

Regarding Leonardo DiCaprio, he believes the actor isn’t surrounded by the best influences.

The two played basketball together and eventually ended up competing over “who’s really the better player.”

“You know, I can play. I’m not great, by any means, but I played high school basketball, and I know I can play. I also know that you don’t talk sh-t unless you can play. And the thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking sh-t,” Clooney says, adding that he and his team “beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0.”

“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,” he believes. “I’m not sure if Leo has someone like that.”

But one actor who’s managed to win his admiration is his friend Brad Pitt.

“For a long time now, Brad has been the biggest movie star in the world,” he says. “He’s bigger than me, bigger than DiCaprio. And I really admire how he deals with that. It’s not easy for him. But he tries to be the most honest version of Brad Pitt that he can be. And he also remains unavailable. He’s still a giant movie star because you can’t get to him.”

“That doesn’t mean that I don’t think of him as incredibly talented and smart and all those things,” he says, “But you also can’t get to him.”