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Clooney dishes on Crowe, buddy Pitt

Actress Actor George Clooney attends 2013 BAFTA awards Saturday. | Getty Images

Actress Actor George Clooney attends the 2013 BAFTA awards Saturday. | Getty Images

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:48PM

George Clooney, 52, knows about fame. “I had my Aunt Rosie [Rosemary Clooney], who was famous and then not, so I got a lesson in fame early on. And I understood how little it has to do with you. And also how you could use it.”

The actor talks about fame and more in the December issue of Esquire magazine. Some highlights:

On a fight with Russell Crowe: “I sent him a note going, ‘Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the [heck] is wrong with you?’ ”

When entertaining guests at his Lake Como villa: “At dinner, everyone puts their phones away. And so there are not a lot of photos of our time there. Because I want us to live them.”

On Twitter and fame: “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. 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. ... 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 [a jerk]. 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.”

On 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.”

Gannett News Service

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