Wahlberg and Depp regret turning down ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ says Clooney

Los Angeles (USA), Apr 19 (EFE).- The American actor George Clooney assured that the actors Mark Wahlberg and Johnny Depp rejected the opportunity to be part of the film “Ocean’s Eleven” and that “now they regret it.”

As reported by specialized Hollywood media on Wednesday, the 61-year-old actor said that both superstars had been considered to play the character of Linus Caldwell, but that it was ultimately Matt Damon who got the role.

“Some celebrities told us to fuck off. Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Depp, others. Now they regret it. I regret having done the fucking ‘Batman,'” Clooney confessed at a panel at the TCM Film Festival.

The film, released in 2001, in addition to having Damon and Clooney himself in the cast, brought together the talents of Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Andy GarcĂ­a and was a new version of the homonymous film starring in 1960 by the iconic Frank Sinatra.

The production reached more than 450 million dollars at the box office, which led to the sequels “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007).

In addition, a derivative film starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna called “Ocean’s 8” (2018) has been made and there are plans to make one more with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as protagonists, which will be set in Europe in the decade of 1960.

Clooney was recently one of the artists chosen by US President Joe Biden to form part of the Arts and Humanities Committee that advises him on cultural issues.

He is considered by many to be the last classic Hollywood heartthrob, as he has known how to play with his attractiveness and use it to become a spokesperson for the most varied causes: violence in South Sudan, migrant children, the fight against racism, the crisis of refugees or freedom of the press.

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