Who doesn’t love George Clooney?
And he just seems to keep giving us reasons to love him all the more.
Just a few weeks ago, George Clooney slammed a Daily Mail story about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin’s mother in an op-ed piece. Following his slap-down, the article was removed from the British tabloid’s website, with an apology.
“The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist … We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr. Clooney’s representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight,” said the tabloid.
On Friday, he spoke to Variety about the incident, saying, “It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ‘em around.”
In the same interview, Clooney made us love him just a little bit more when he said of his fiancée, “I’m marrying up.”
— ExtraTV (@extratv) July 21, 2014
Wow, she is one lucky lady!
The Daily Mail article that started the brouhaha claimed Alamuddin’s mother objected to the impending marriage because of cultural differences. Clooney has since said that is completely false.
To Variety, he spoke on why he felt the need to write an op-ed about the article he felt could be very damaging on so many levels.
“I would sit with my friends and we’d just go, ‘So they just sat at a computer and just went, “OK, this is what I’m gonna say today.” I mean, literally, because you just go ‘There isn’t literally an element of truth in this.’ You just laugh, and let it go,” Clooney said. “I’m used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers. So that’s the thing that worries me.”
The 53-year-old actor also questioned the gathering of information.
“Those are really bad guys and they do tend to tee off on everybody,” Clooney added. “It’s fun when you can go, ‘Well, this one, I know I have all the facts right.’ Usually the argument is: ‘Hey, we’re not gonna tell you our source,’ and, ‘Prove it.’ And when they actually do it themselves it’s so great. You go, ‘OK, well you obviously just screwed this (up), so I think I can get you now.”
Clooney also explained why this particular fight was the one to take on.
“Every day they write things that aren’t true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family, and it’s probably not true,” he said.
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