Clooney Jabs Leo's Trash-Talkin' B-ball Buddies, and More

Fun basketball story included in 'Esquire' interview

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM CST

(Newser) – George Clooney gives a predictably charming, wide-ranging interview to Esquire, and the best anecdote involves Leonardo DiCaprio. It seems Clooney and DiCaprio both have homes in Cabo, and once ran into each other there. They got to talking about their respective, semi-famous ongoing basketball games and decided to play against each other. "You know, we're pretty serious," DiCaprio warned Clooney. Surely you see where this is going.

Clooney and his dudes showed up at the neighborhood court for the game, "and the thing about playing Leo is you have all these guys talking s---," Clooney says, after explaining that in basketball, "You don't talk s--- unless you can play," which he—Clooney—can. Obviously. Some "club kid from New York," whom Clooney is pretty sure was named "Danny A," claimed to have once played Clooney and kicked his you-know-what; Clooney shot that story right down. Then, of course, the game began and ... well, we'll let Clooney take it from there: "They can’t play at all. We’re all like 50 years old, and we beat them three straight: 11–0, 11–0, 11–0." The whole interview is worth a read.

George Clooney arrives at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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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. - George Clooney on the basketball game

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