George Clooney has spoken about his spat with the Daily Mail, saying it's "fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while".

He told Variety: "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around.

"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. 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. Those are really bad guys and they do tend to tee off on everybody."

The Hollywood star spoke out against the media outlet when they published a story alleging that his fiancée's mother disapproved of their marriage on religious grounds.

Clooney criticised the MailOnline for "inciting violence" with the piece. They issued an apology, which the Gravity star rejected.

He added: "That's why you pick your fights at a tabloid. 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.

"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'."