Dribs and drabs from George Clooney’s interview with Esquiremagazine have been coming out over the past week, including the quote in which he talked shit about Leo DiCaprio for having friends that talk shit about how good they are at basketball, to only get their asses handed to them by Clooney and his 50 years old pals. My favorite bit from the interview, however, is about his little feud with Russell Crowe, who Clooney apparently insulted in front of a crowd of people by mock reading a poem written by Crowe, at least according to Matt Damon.
Tom Junod, the writer of the interview, refers to that here:
A few months ago, I spent time with Matt Damon while he was on the set of The Monuments Men, and he told a story about Russell Crowe and George Clooney. It involved Clooney reading a poem by Crowe on the night of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, with uproarious results. It was a great story but not, well, a true one. I told this to Clooney, and he said, “Matt’s a storyteller.”
So, Clooney denies his mock read the poem, but does go on to give that mock-reading, which “didn’t happen,” some context:
Then he said, “The truth is that [Crowe] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the shit 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.’ 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. ‘Who the fuck 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 fuck is wrong with you?’
People magazine is not the only people who succeed; Esquire magazine apparently also does, as well.
Also, why would the guy who starred in the $200 million budgeted Robin Hood and the $225 million budgeted Man of Steel call Clooney a sell out? Those two movies combined cost more than everything Clooney has done since the last Ocean’s film.