George Clooney on Fiancee Amal Alamuddin: 'I’m Marrying Up'

The actor also opened up about his fight with the Daily Mail.

ByABC News
July 21, 2014, 12:58 PM
George Clooney is pictured on May 16, 2014 in Shanghai, China.
George Clooney is pictured on May 16, 2014 in Shanghai, China.
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— -- It's been a couple weeks since George Clooney fired back at a Daily Mail story about his fiancee Amal Alamuddin's mother, which since has been taken down.

On Friday, he spoke to Variety about the incident and said, "It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ‘em around."

The Daily Mail has also since apologized, saying "The MailOnline story was not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist ... We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr. Clooney’s representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight."

Read: Why George Clooney Won't Accept Tabloid's Apology

Related: 5 Things to Know About George Clooney's Fiancee Amal Alamuddin

The article that started all the drama claimed Alamuddin's mother objected to the impending marriage because of cultural differences. Clooney has since said that is completely false. He spoke on why he felt the need to write an op-ed about the story in question.

“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," Clooney said. "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.”

Clooney, 53, also commented on how the information is collected.

“Those are really bad guys and they do tend to tee off on everybody,” Clooney added. “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.”

The actor also revealed why this was the fight he had to take on, even when false information is published daily about celebrities.

"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," he said.

As for his fiancee, Clooney said about the powerful attorney, "I’m marrying up.”

ABC News reached out to The Daily Mail for comment but has yet to receive a response.