George Clooney’s publicist ‘clarifies’ his Leo DiCaprio shade (& nothing else)


A lot of you thought George Clooney sounded like a bitter bitch in his new Esquire interview, but I still really enjoyed it. I like George more for having the balls to smack-talk Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Ashton Kutcher – go here to read my coverage on the interview. So, what’s the problem? Shouldn’t George just own his bitchiness and come and sit with us so we can all sh-t talk celebrities together? NOT SO FAST. George sent his publicist to Us Weekly to “clarify” some of George’s comments to Esquire. What’s absolutely hilarious though is how damn pointed this “clarification” is and how unnecessary. It’s like George not only banging Russell Crowe’s wife, he followed it up by taking a dump on Rusty’s porch.

It is the interview that keeps on giving. George Clooney, who in the December issue of Esquire candidly discussed his feud with Russell Crowe after the Australian actor had called him a “sellout,” also touched on Ashton Kutcher’s social media habits (“Why on God’s green earth would you be in Twitter?”) and Leonard DiCaprio’s rather large basketball posse (“The thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking sh**”).

It turns out, however, that the uproar over Clooney’s comments about his fellow A-list actor DiCaprio was the result of Clooney’s comments being taken out of context in the piece, his publicist tells Us Weekly.

“The Leo comments made by George were all made in fun about basketball. Not about Leo’s life,” Clooney’s rep clarifies to Us. In the Esquire piece, Clooney recalled how he once approached DiCaprio, 39, about playing basketball, and the Great Gatsby star responded, “You know, we’re pretty serious.” Clooney’s rep says, “The writer and George were laughing about basketball buddies.”

But that was the only part of the cover story that warranted any clarification: “As for the Russell Crowe story, George was asked about it and told the truth,” his rep adds. Clooney told Esquire, “[Crowe] 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’…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?’”

[From Us Weekly]

To be absolutely fair to Tom Junod, the Esquire journalist who profiled George (and what a “get” that interview was), I don’t think Junod made a mistake or quoted George out of context in the least. For clarification purposes, here is the Leo section from the original interview:

He has other houses. He has one, famously, on Lake Como, in Italy, and he has built another in Cabo. In this, he is not so much of a throwback—after all, Leonardo DiCaprio has a house in Cabo. Indeed, Clooney and DiCaprio once ran into each other in Cabo and struck up a conversation based on their common interest in basketball. They each have ongoing games, and their ongoing games have attained a celebrity of their own. Clooney suggested they might play someday. DiCaprio said sure, but felt compelled to add, “You know, we’re pretty serious.”

They played at a neighborhood court. “You know, I can play,” Clooney says in his living room. “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 shit unless you can play. And the thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking shit. 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.’ 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 ass.’ And so then we’re watching them warm up, and they’re doing this weave around the court, and one of the guys I play with says, ‘You know we’re going to kill these guys, right?’ Because they can’t play at all. 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.”

[From Esquire]

I don’t know, y’all. It seems pretty f—king clear. George is calling out Leo for surrounding himself with a cacophony of Yes Men and ass-kissers who can’t do anything other than play second fiddle to the Almighty Leo. I don’t think George was taken out of context. I think Leo called George and whined and George decided to be a bit generous to Leo because Leo’s sins weren’t all that bad. But how much do you love that George’s publicist had NO clarifications for the Russell Crowe stuff? Ooooh, Rusty is going to be so angry.



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  1. Eve says:

    An angry Russell Crowe always reminds me of that South Park episode where he has a show called “Fightin’ Around The World”:

  2. aims says:

    yeah… I think George said what he meant. He shouldn’t have to defend, backtrack. If certain people act like a douche, then call them out.

  3. Lori says:

    George might get a phone thrown at him!

  4. Violeta says:

    LOL George, Sis… have a seat!.. 24/7 trying to control your image is exhausting… you said it as it was and now you read a “Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack would never!” memo and now you want to backpedal… come on now… be a big girl and own your words!

    • KC says:

      Disappointed with the backpedalling but anyone who reads that original piece can tell where both George and the writer stand on Leo. I mean that original article is filled with Dicaprio shade, seriously someone should do a word count on the name Leo.

      It starts with drawing negative comparisons between George and Leos interview personalities and on it goes. I especially love the bit about George being too smart to throw his voice in with the environmentalists being a frequent private jet user *side eyeing Leo right now*

      Leo is a pr*ck anyway, no tears shed by me.

  5. ctkat1 says:

    I love the original story- because of COURSE that’s how the P*ssy Posse acts. We don’t have clarification about when the game took place, and that matters: was this when Leo was 25, or when he was 38? Regardless, the original point that Clooney is making is a good one.

    But I understand why Clooney decided to clarify on this point- sh*t talking at a basketball game isn’t that big of a beef, and so why not try and take a little sting out of his comment?

    • vanna says:

      george mentioned they were 50year olds beating leos team (he’s 52 now) so i’d say it happend sometime in the last 5 years. which means leo was well into his 30s. still a child obviously

  6. ag-UK says:

    George is just telling it like it is. I love him and you yep you don’t talk s..t if you can’t back it up.

  7. Miss M says:

    “I think Leo called George and whined and George decided to be a bit generous to Leo because Leo’s sins weren’t all that bad.”
    If this ever ever happened…I wish I had witnessed this happening. LOL

    ps: follow up convo–> “Dude, don’t shade me… at least I am VS’s collector and, according to gossip, you are a ho’s collector.”

  8. Arock says:

    George Clooney can be trusted to say what he means, and should apologize to no one. That man is a dynamic and intelligent actor- totally old school Hollywood legit. He should be tossing shade like Thor uses his hammer and dicaprio should be happy he was mentioned.

  9. Han says:

    George didn’t sound like a bitter bitch to me. He sounded real. Leo was celebrating his 39th bday in a club with Kanye and Kim, his entourage and his new victoria secret model girlfriend. Says it all really.

  10. GiGi says:

    I read the Esquire piece yesterday and came away loving old Georgie boy. He is so spot on about the overavailablitly of “celebs” these days. It may be a bit old fashioned, but the big stars are those who really are a bit removed from the noise, right? They’re not tweeting their every move or complaining that the paps showed up *exactly* where they told them to be. Young Hollywood could take a lesson. You may not get that quick fix of having your name in all the tabs, but you just might have a long career…

  11. starrywonder says:

    Team Clooney on this one. Frankly I wouldn’t clarify shit except you know that Leo called and whined about it and so they decided to be nice. I know Leo thinks he will be up for an Oscar for his newest movie Wolf of Wall Street (seriously not happening) so maybe he used that this would give him bad publicity or something.

  12. Annie says:

    He wasn’t lying. But if we think about it, Leo’s friends are loyal. Not one has betrayed him or sold him out. Ever. This is not a Justin Bieber situation where people are just in it for the money and fame. His friends have professions and some of them are very wealthy. The models come and go, and not a single one of them has sold him out. So I don’t think it’s a bad crowd, necessarily. They just boost his ego because they run in packs and he’s the alfa.

    • Nope says:

      About Leo: his models sign an agreement. That’s why they don’t talk. He has very few friends and some of them professionally exist only because of him (LH). BTW They don’t talk because they spend their time in the same idiotic way. And he has a PR war machine working 24/7 to make him look a real philanthropist, an environmentalist and a very smart and wise guy. Which I suspect he is not.

  13. flavia_deluce says:

    I am a fan of Leo’s work but have absolutely zero problem believing that what George is saying about him is true, and the way George presents himself certainly makes it seem like he would scoff at the way Leo does things. Rings true.

  14. Guesto says:

    That’s an incredibly lame backtrack and plainly not what Clooney originally said. What a dud, he can’t even own his own bitch.

    And really, anyone who’s been taking the Nespresso buck for well over a decade now – while at the same time claiming concern for the welfare of those living in those very same countries where the ruthless Nestle is most cynically operating – is really not in any position to be telling others how they should and shouldn’t behave.

    • whatever says:

      Amen Sista! Clooney’s ego is as out of control as his mouth. Aligning himself with and benefitting from his Nestle contract says it all. What a freaking hypocrite. Crowe’s got his number. And what was that about a Posse? What about Clooney’s boys who enjoy all of the comforts of Como and Cabo? Yeah sure, George, they tell you like it is, suuuure.

  15. hadleyb says:

    Oh please, George had to clarify ? Give me a break. If he was for real he wouldn’t have to clarify anything AT ALL, Leo or Russell.

    I don’t get how NOT saying anything about Russ is glorified as him being some great celeb. Big deal, he still is basically saying things were taken out of context blah blah same old story with every celeb and instead of Twitter he’s doing it the old round about way via mags and PR’s — what is the difference? Time? Having someone else say it ? I’d rather have a celeb just say it, clarify it or say what they mean on their own not through some PR rep. How arrogant and lofty he is acts.

    • vic says:

      Agree that his arrogance is astounding. Okay for him to have not so kind opinions about other celebrities but no one should talk about King George. Hate when he goes to award shows where he acts like the host and everyone else should adore him. Watch how he acts when Gravity is up for awards. Ugh. He wants to be seen as the ultimate authority on all things Hollywood. Not a humble bone in his body.

  16. Sara says:

    I thought it was great! He shouldn’t have clarified anything. We all know Russell has anger issues and that Leo is a man child.

  17. Lisa says:

    On one hand, I get why celebrities feel compelled to “clarify” these kinds of statements, but at the same time, it just draws more attention to the situation. I mean, I read his original comments about Leo a day or so ago and just thought, “yep, no surprise there.” And now this silly comment from a PR person is just calling more attention to what he said. Could that all be part of the plan? (Gasp!)

  18. Sue says:

    I personally think less of George for openly talking badly about colleagues. Low blow. Obviously George wants attention. And what a better way to get it then to slag fellow actors. Name dropping or what. If George had said nothing of these actors no one would even care about the interview. And George himself needs to asses his life and the fact he can never date a woman his age. But what would be refreshing is if he was honest and came out of the closet and admitted that these women are really beards.

    I also got a kick out of George’s theory about Brad Pitt and him not being accessible because he is on twitter. So lets see: Brad/Angie sell their baby pictures to people (for charity of course), they talk about their private life in almost every interview (we pretty know everything there is to know about them), they purposely call the paps for pictures of them and their children, they discuss personal surgeries (to help others of course – at the same time Brad is promoting his zombie movie). Oh yeah their not accessible at all.

    • V4Real says:

      I don’t have a problem with what you said but let’s not forget that Russell Crowe landed the first blow when he called Clooney a sell out.

      • ThunderGoddess says:

        Russ was right on that one though. What does George complain about? He didn’t get a phone thrown at him XD
        I actually appreciated his frankness in the interview, about everyone. The fact he backtracked only on Leo Di Caprio speaks volume though, he probably was less sincere than he wanted the audience to believe. Don’t touch king Leo, yet it is fine to throw Crowe and Kutcher into the mud… Pfhhh

    • Tracy says:

      I agree with some of what you said but the discussion of personal surgeries did not help WWZ.

      WWZ is not only was a hit at the movies but was a DVD hit as well, it was first Blu-ray to make a million in its first week several months after the fact which shows that’s its success had nothing to do with discussion of personal surgeries.

      We don’t know everything there is to know about them same can be said for ever other celebrity.

  19. Bubulle says:

    I fail to see the difference between Leo and George, they lead a very similar lifestyle, with their revolving doors of paid escorts, George also has his own Lukas Haas his name is Waldo Sanchez , he is his long time personal hair stylist and follow him around everywhere, that said he has no business calling out anyone on anything.

  20. AMD says:

    Now the little b*tch is hiding behind his PR team (backpedalling). C’mon George you’re so intelligent, be a man. You practically own Hollywod, and everyone just loves to hear you talk and you’re a man who stands behind his words, sooooooooo……… say it “I meant every word I said about you Leo.”

  21. Aqua says:

    It’s too bad he felt the need to “clarify” his Leo story because as far as I’m concerned their was no need to clarify anything.I liked what he had to say and the way he said it.

  22. jepressman says:

    Crowe’s ,”sell-out.” comments had to do with Clooney. Harrison were taking big fees for advertising spots overseas. Those fees were seen as Clooney capitalizing on his own fame. So he can be seen as a sellout. His own celebrity was for sale.

  23. I’d give my left boob to have George Clooney to my house for dinner, and I really like my left boob. George, call me. I’m happily married and thus I don’t want to date you, I just want to absorb you in all your Clooneyness as you mop up my braised short rib maple rosemary sauce with the remaining crumbs of your baguette.

    If you’re ever in Portland, my darling, look me up. I’m the advice blogger/former lawyer with a major case of Cloonitis.