The 52-year-old actor covers the December issue of Esquire and candidly talks about his experiences with A-list actors including Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
Recounting a feud he endured with fiery actor Russell Crowe, George revealed how the Gladiator actor ended up sending George a book of poetry apologizing for starting a fight with him.
“The truth is that [Crowe] did send me a book of poems to apologize for insulting the sh** 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?’”
Clooney said Crowe eventually sent him “a disc of his music and a thing of his poetry” and claimed he was “all misquoted.” “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Whatever,'” Clooney adds.
DiCaprio, on the other hand, comes in for criticism because of the people Clooney says surrounds him. DiCaprio’s entourage became notorious in the mid-90s as the Pussy Posse and Clooney is clearly disapproving of the company DiCaprio keeps: “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.”
Approaching DiCaprio, 39, about playing basketball sometime, Clooney recalls that DiCaprio bragged, “You know, we’re pretty serious,” he tells Esquire. “The thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking sh**. We get there, and there’s this guy, Danny A I think his name is. Danny A is this club kid from New York. And he comes up to me and says, ‘We played once at Chelsea Piers. I kicked your ass.'”
But Clooney seemed to have a soft spot for Brad Pitt, his co-star in “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels. He praised Pitt for “carrying” the film “World War Z” to the “finish line,” despite having to do grueling reshoots.
“For a long time now, Brad has been the biggest movie star in the world,” Clooney admits. “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.”
Clooney said that while the two shared “a lot of vodka” in London one day, Pitt confided that the re-shoots were going to “kill” him.
He also highlighted that Brad – and other actors such as Bill Murray – not being on Twitter, meant that they make themselves less available and more mysterious. He seemed to be annoyed at Twitter-maniacs such as Ashton Kutcher.
“I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out and going, you know, ‘Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,’ or whatever he said, you just go ‘Fifteen minutes longer (in the) thought process and probably you wouldn’t have done that.’”