George Clooney on the Daily Mail dispute: 'It’s fun to slap those bad guys, knock 'em around'
Clooney claimed that the piece published by the newspaper "incited violence" in a damning column he wrote for USA Today
George Clooney has addressed the very public dispute he had with the Daily Mail for the first time.
The actor refused to accept a written apology from the newspaper after it published an article that implied Clooney’s mother-in-law was opposed to his forthcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin on religious grounds.
Clooney claimed that the piece "incited violence" and addressed a number of "inaccuracies" in a column he wrote for USA Today. He then wrote a second column for the publication, rejecting the Mail’s counter statement.
"It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around," Clooney told Variety.
"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. 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. Those are really bad guys and they do tend to tee off on everybody."
"That's why you pick your fights at a tabloid," he continued. "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. And that's the one you pick.
"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'."
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