George Clooney Talks Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt in Esquire December 2013
The “Ocean’s Eleven” stud began, "[Crowe] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the sh*t out of me, which he did. He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all.”
Referencing Russell’s past musical pursuit 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Clooney continued, “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 f*ck 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*ck is wrong with you?’"
Additionally, George praised his good friend/costar Brad Pitt- "For a long time now, Brad has been the biggest movie star in the world. 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. But you also can’t get to him."
As for the celebrity Twitter phenomenon, Clooney wondered, "Why on God’s green earth would you be on Twitter? Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you’re going to be available to everybody. But also Twitter. So one drunken night, you come home and you’ve had two too many drinks and you’re watching TV and somebody pisses you off, and you go ‘Ehhhhh’ and fight back. And you go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you’re an a**hole. Or all the things you might think in the quiet of your drunken evening are suddenly blasted around the entire world before you wake up."
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