You may think George Clooney's fiancee Amal Alamuddin is the lucky one, but this A-list heartthrob would beg to differ.
When asked by Variety
of his engagement to the activist-lawyer-author, the charming 53-year-old actor says, "I'm marrying up."
Clooney was also quick to respond to his dispute earlier this month with London's Daily Mail publication. "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around," he quips.
A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail published an article on their website that claimed Clooney's soon-to-be mother-in-law didn't approve of his marriage to her daughter based on religious grounds, and had told her friends in Beirut about her misgivings.
In response, Clooney released a long statement to USA Today, refuting the article, and condemning the Daily Mail for their inaccurate storytelling. The actor also claimed the manner in which it stirred religious tensions could be potentially dangerous for his family, especially his fiancee.
Clooney recognizes that he doesn't often speak about what's said about him in the media. "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.'' …You just laugh, and let it go," he tells Variety. "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."
After Clooney's rebuttal, the Daily Mail published a retraction saying, "We accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."
The Daily Mail also took down the original story that stirred Clooney to action. However, they stuck to their guns saying that the story was "not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist."
Clooney responded to their response, refusing to accept their apology and claiming that they knew they were lying when the published the article in the first place.
Given this isn't the first time a newspaper has published something questionable about Clooney, how does he choose which articles and gossip he's going to go out of his way to fight back against?
"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," Clooney said. "And that's the one you pick."