George Clooney Denies Being Mean About Leonardo DiCaprio, Won't Backtrack On Russell Crowe Comments

The actor said some shocking things in Esquire magazine...

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George Clooney has backtracked on comments about Leonardo DiCaprio which made it seem as though the Titanic star was not down-to-earth.

The Gravity actor used the example of a basketball game he once played against the 39-year-old hunk in which he was convinced he would triumph, but instead lost out to George.

Now the silver fox insists the conversation between himself and an Esquire magazine journalist were more so about sports and not other celebrities.

"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," he told the latest issue of Esquire.

"I'm not sure if Leo has someone like that."

George Clooney cleared uo chatter of a fight with Leonardo DiCaprio (WENN)

George's publicist has clarified that he wasn’t talking about Leo’s life in general, just that game.

"The Leo comments were all made in fun about basketball," the spokesperson told E! News.

"Not about Leo's life. The writer and George were laughing about basketball buddies."

George didn't change his stance on Russell Crowe though, who bashed him publicly eight years ago.

"He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all," George complained in the publication.

"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?'"

His publicist explained that he would not be apologizing for the way those comments were taken in the interview.

"As for the Russell Crowe story. George was asked about it and told the truth," the representative added.

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