George Clooney threw some barbs at celebs in a recent Esquire profile, and he's (mostly) sticking by them.

Clooney, 52, opened up about his 2005 beef with Russell Crowe, saying: "He picked a fight with me ... And so I sent him a note going, 'Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine.'"

Clooney's rep told E! News the star stands by those remarks. The rep, however softened remarks Clooney made about Leonardo DiCaprio, saying they "were all made in fun."