George Clooney quickly befriended his “Ocean’s Eleven” co-stars Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle during the making of Steven Soderbergh’s crime caper in 2001, so it’s no surprise to hear just how ridiculous the quirky shenanigans got when the group reunited for the 2004 sequel “Ocean’s Twelve.” During a career retrospective video interview with GQ magazine (watch the full interview below), Clooney revealed that Pitt played a prank on him when the filming of “Ocean’s Twelve” moved to Italy.
“We went to Europe to do ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and shot part of it in Lake Como, my hometown,” Clooney said. “Brad sent a note to everyone in town, my town where I lived there for years. He’s posted on telephone polls that the movie is coming to town and only addressing me as Mr. Clooney, or my character’s name as Danny Ocean, and not looking at me straight in the streets. eyes. So all the papers were like “Il Divo!” George Clooney is Il Divo! It was horrible. It was a horrible story that I picked it up for later.
Flash forward to one night after filming ended and Clooney, Pitt, Damon, and Cheadle took a pontoon boat across Lake Como to an abandoned mansion. “The first thing we saw was, like, a statue of a snake eating a woman’s head or something,” Clooney said. “We came to the conclusion that we would give $ 10,000 to any guy who could spend the night in the haunted house with just a candle, six matches and a bottle of wine. Pitt took the bet… but only lasted a few hours. There was a lot of silliness along the way, but we had a wonderful time.
The group would reunite again for a second sequel, 2007’s “Ocean’s Thirteen,” but Clooney wouldn’t disclose some of the crazy things that happened when the cameras weren’t rolling. All three films in Clooney and Pitt’s “Ocean’s” trilogy grossed more than $ 300 million worldwide, with 2001 gross of the original reaching a franchise of $ 450 million worldwide.
Watch Clooney discuss all of his lead roles in the GQ video interview below.