SODERBERGH on what he liked about the original movie:
camaraderie amongst the members of the Rat Pack, along with the premise and the
title. That was what I thought we should emulate, not in a literal sense
because those people were all entertainers in addition to being actors, and
that's a different type of performer. But their obvious generosity toward each
other was really infectious, and so we tried to cast very carefully to make
sure that that sense was there."
"This movie came together because of George. We got the script done, sent
it over to George and Steven, and it didn't take 24 hours before they both came
back and said, 'We're going to do it.' George said to me, 'This has to be an
ensemble piece. We have to get all big stars, and you're never going to be able
to afford everybody, so I'll take a cut in pay and I won't ask for any kind of
perks, and when George did that everybody else did it."
CLOONEY on the Rat
Pack: "I loved those guys, they're heroes of mine. They were the
coolest guys ever. But this was a whole movie unto itself. As we start to sell
the film, we all have to talk about the original movie again, and that's fine
because it's a part of it, but we're never going to be as cool as those guys.
That's why that movie was so successful. With this movie we have a better
director, better writer, and we just went in and had a blast doing great
"Steven and George put together the most enticing cast and made me the
only girl. But Tess is more than just a girl. There's intrigue and she has some
difficult crosses to bear. All of the relationships in the film are so
complicated. Tess and Terry are supposed to be boyfriend-girlfriend, but then
Tess has to keep evaluating her relationship with her ex-husband. So nothing is
as it seems really." Back to top
DON CHEADLE on his role as
Basher Tarr, a Cockney munitions expert:
"The character was originally conceived as English, and we thought
about going away from it, and then Steven and I talked about it and said, 'No,
let's do it that way.' They hooked me up with a dialect coach who lived with me
for the duration of the film. Basically, Basher's job is to take out the power
in Las Vegas for a very exact period of time. He has to figure out a way in
which to do it that's ingenious but at the same time undetectable."
BRAD PITT on his
character, Rusty Ryan, Ocean's right hand man:
"The reason Rusty agrees to the caper is that he's flat-lined in his life.
He's gone from the top of his game to running a poker school for teen
heartthrobs. When Danny shows up with his plan to rob three casinos, Rusty's
ready to jump in. Even if he does think it's impossible."
MATT DAMON on being
part of an ensemble cast:
"When I'm older, I want to look at movies that I did and be proud
of them. This is one of those movies where the script was really structured
well, and Steven Soderbergh was directing, and it didn't take a rocket
scientist to say, 'Let's be a part of an ensemble. It's going to be a good
movie, it's going to be fun and entertaining, and we're going to be proud of it
when we're done.'"