George Clooney recently gave an interview to Esquire Magazine, and to say the interview was unfiltered would be an understatement. George didn’t hold back when it came to bashing several fellow A-listers, and he pretty much outright disses Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. And you know he’s not going to get any flack or backlash for it, either. You want to know why? Because George Clooney is a Movie Star, and he’s also an incredibly powerful producer and businessman in Hollywood. Russell and Leo may be acclaimed actors, but George called them out for their B.S. While he may have inadvertently also caused a media storm with his comments, that doesn’t make them any less true.
Basically, he more or less stated that despite Leo’s talent and place on the A-list, his friends and the way he carries himself doesn’t necessarily endear him to the mass public. See, George knows a thing or two about public image, and that’s one of the reasons everybody loves him. Kids, adults, women, men, it doesn’t matter. George Clooney is as beloved as a public figure as he is as a movie star, and apart from Tom Hanks, I don’t know who else has that kind of charm and appeal with the public. Sure, Leo makes amazing films, but when you say his name, what comes to mind? His string of Victoria’s Secret models and womanizing, correct?
I mean, women isn’t something George would comment about, especially since his private life not all that different from Leo’s. However, his comments instead focus around the people that Leo surrounds himself with, sycophants and famewhores, and people that don’t treat you with real friendship and trust. While I think Leo does have one or two friends who he can rely on no matter what, I do agree that by and large, he doesn’t seem to have the kind of support and close ties that George has with many, many different people.
Of course, one of George’s closest friends is Brad Pitt, who he effusively praises in the same interview. George explains, “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. It’s not easy for him. But he tries to be the most honest version of Brad Pitt that he can be. And he also remains unavailable. He’s still a giant movie star because you can’t get to him. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think of him as incredibly talented and smart and all those things. But you also can’t get to him.”
Damn, George either doesn’t like DiCaprio or has some sort of complex about him? Why bring up twice in the same interview otherwise? But I do agree with what he’s saying, and I don’t think he necessarily meant it in a negative way. For better or worse, Brad’s relationship with Angelina Jolie has catapulted him to the very top of the celebrity A-list, and he’s never going to be dethroned. And while he does ‘deal’ with it in a very mature manner, it’s also because it’s calculated. That’s the part that George doesn’t mention, for fear of shattering the illusion. You think Brad and Angelina couldn’t disappear if they wanted to? No, they are the best media manipulators I’ve ever seen, and their place on the Hollywood food chain is kept the same because of their ingenious media tactics. They know when to trot out their family, they know when to get the public talking, and throughout all this, they’ve managed to stay relevant.
The public is fickle – if they don’t see a celebrity, no matter how famous this person is, for more than a few years, they will forget about them. So instead of going away and living in privacy, Angelina and Brad have MADE SURE that they are the biggest movie stars in the world, bigger than George and Leo, neither of whom are willing to compromise on their private life that much.