Oscar-winner George Clooney has expressed a distaste for two fellow film stars in a newly published interview.

He recalls in the December issue of Esquire how Russell Crowe years ago "picked a fight with me."

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And he explained further: "He put out this thing saying George Clooney, Harrison Ford and Robert De Niro are sellouts [for doing TV commercials]. And I put out a statement saying, 'He's probably right. And I'm glad he told us, 'cause Bob and Harrison and I were also thinking about starting a band, which would also fall under the heading of bad use of celebrity.' And that's when he really went off on me. 'Who the ---- does this guy think he is? He's a Frank Sinatra wannabe.'... 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 ---- is wrong with you?'"

Clooney also suggested Leonardo DiCaprio might be more selective in his friends. Both stars regularly play basketball, and when their teams met one time, a member of DiCaprio's team trash-talked Clooney without, Clooney says, having the court skills to back it up.

"We're all like 50 years old, and we beat them three straight: 11-0, 11-0, 11-0. And 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. I'm not sure if Leo has someone like that."