George Clooney Knocks Russell Crowe, Hollywood on Twitter

George Clooney Knocks Russell Crowe, Hollywood on Twitter

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The “August: Osage County” producer talks about how Crowe insulted “the shit” out of him a long time ago, and why Hollywood should stay off Twitter

George Clooney does not like Twitter, and it doesn't sound like he's a big fan of Russell Crowe, either.

The “Monuments Men” director told Esquire during an interview published in the December issue that Crowe once sent him “a book of poems to apologize” after publicly insulting him.

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“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,” Clooney said of the feud that erupted prior to his Golden Globe win for “Syriana.”

“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,” Clooney continued. “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?'”

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Clooney believes Crowe's apology was issued in order to avoid awkward red carpet interactions during the 2005-2006 awards season, and considered reading Crowe's poetry during his acceptance speech at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Britannia Awards — if only he had won.

“So he sends me a disc of his music and a thing of his poetry. I think he said, ‘I was all misquoted,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Whatever,'” Clooney added. “I did take it with me to the BAFTAs, but I didn't win. I might have used it if I had won. I was nominated for four!”

Public feuds between celebrities are increasingly more common thanks, in part, to the public's easy-access to them through social media portals, like Twitter — a website Clooney does not approve of.

“If you're famous, I don't–for the life of me–I don't understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter,” Clooney said. “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.”

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For the prolific 52-year-old actor and director, Twitter makes it entirely too easy to create a publicity nightmare.

“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,” Clooney said. ”And you go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you're an asshole. 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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While he pointed out Brad Pitt and Bill Murray, in particular, as those he respected for resisting the allure of Twitter, he identified Ashton Kutcher as a celebrity who, perhaps, should part ways with his social media accounts.

“I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, ‘Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,’ or whatever he said,” Clooney said. “You just go, ‘Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn't have done that.'”

  • name withheld by request

    sheri shepherd should take a lesson from clooney in this article….

  • Guest

    He's right about Twitter. Didn't Gilbert Gottfried get fired from Aflac for tweeting something?

    • Jake

      No, Gottfried got fired because he made some comments that were in very poor taste, regardless of the forum it was used. Gottfried is a tool and the AFLAC guys never ever made it known that they had used him until they had to. Twitter or not Gottfried was going to make a Rich Incognito of himself regardless. Did you like how I weaved current events into my comments? I sure did.

      • fairportfan

        It was well-know that Gottfried was the voice of the duck years before the scandal.

      • AlexanderDeLarge

        a joke is a joke, it can be in poor taste, it can be mean, or it can be bad joke but its is still only a joke. comedians make jokes. Gottfried is a comedian lighten up

  • Todd Szuch

    Makin’ movies, makin’ music and Fight-in’ Round The World!

    Russell Crowe!

  • Jackie Jormpjomp

    Over the years Clooney has proven to be a very good filmmaker but his often self righteous shtick sometimes tainted his work. This interview goes a long way to fix that. Very cool stuff.

  • mohsen

    George Clooney is the weakest actor ever. i don't know why he is famous.

  • mohsen

    Clooney is nothing if compared to Crowe's talent.

    • omegaman

      They're both nothing. Just self-absorbed amateurs.

  • Rodney

    Twitter will be dead in 5 years. The dumbest idea ever. Now go buy some shares idiots.

  • fairportfan

    What do we call people who use Twitter to excess (pretty much at all)?


  • chien_clean

    So why is George coming up with this now?

  • ;alksjdf

    fuck clooney

  • Shooter

    Did George just start a feud with Ashton Kutcher?

  • Bill Hicks

    Russell Crowe is enamored with his own lack of talent. He thinks he's Brando, but in reality he's the Australian John Wayne. Always perpetuating his tough image, nothing more. In Russell's next movie, he's playing a character named Russell that looks sounds and acts just like Russell Crowe! Now that's acting! (Oh my bad. The character's name is Noah, but he still looks sounds and acts just like Russell Crowe!).

    DDL is an actor, not Crowe.

    • computerbenefit

      Right… And I'm guessing you think John Nash in a Beautiful Mind is also Russell Crowe playing Russell Crowe, or Jeffrey Wigand in the Insider? Or Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma? Or James Braddock in Cinderella Man? (Notice I haven't even mentioned his arguably most famous role, Gladiator). Need I go on? Russell Crowe might have a temper problem and might not be as “charming” or “affable” as George Clooney, but a great actor, he is. And in all fairness, George Clooney is NOT in the same league acting ability wise (I don't mean to insult Clooney, this is just a fact all film fans can just see.)

      • Deppyliciousness

        True. Clooney's auntie sure made a great movie with Bing though :) hehe. Russell Crowe's face and presence fills up the whole screen, and the whole arena in Gladiator. He is a great actor. So, he has a temper, who doesn't at times. He's famous, so it’ gets media attention. Oh media attention…yep, that's what they all are after, and the almighty Benjamin's. I think they should shut up, like Depp and Pitt do. Depp is great, so is Pitt, and Crowe is also. case closed. George is cute though. But Crowe is a bad ass and could whoop them all, although I think Pitt might be able to get a few licks in. haha….who cares….the whole world is going to ruin and poor George is off his tea :)

        • omegaman

          What world do you live in? Can't get anything right, can you?

  • omegaman

    Clooney. the moron, deserves all the shit sent his way.