George Clooney is still celebrating his win over the Daily Mail

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“It’s just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock ‘em around.”

– George Clooney on his recent online beef with the Daily Mail over a story the tabloid published (and eventually took down) about alleged religious in-fighting in fiancee Amal Alamuddin’s family.

The actor told Variety recently that celebrities should choose their battles carefully.

“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. And that’s the one you pick.”

On July 9 Clooney wrote in an essay for USA Today that the Mail story, which claimed Alamuddin’s family disapproved of her marriage to Clooney because he is not Druze, was “negligent,” “dangerous” and “completely fabricated.”

It wasn’t until the Daily Mail dust-up that Clooney, 53, publicly confirmed his engagement to Alamuddin. (The actor began dating the 36-year-old British lawyer last October, and in February the two were spotted together in Washington, when Clooney was in town to screen his film “The Monuments Men” at the White House.) In his latest chat with Variety, the actor joked that he was “marrying up.”

So, it looks like the more Clooney shoots down false details about his relationship, the more he actually reveals about said relationship.

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