Trivia / Ocean's Eleven

  • Actor Allusion: Quite a few:
  • Actor Existence Failure: George Clooney is on the record as stating there will never be another Ocean's movie since Bernie Mac has died (Not that another is needed, but still).
  • All-Star Cast
  • California Doubling: In Twelve, when the crew enters the Thalys on Amsterdam Central Station, they are actually on Haarlem Central Station. The actual station in Amsterdam was undergoing major renovations, which didn't look pretty on screen. For this occasion, a Thalys was transported from Amsterdam to Haarlem. Unfortunately, this Thalys pulled down a catenary, causing property damage and delays in shooting.
  • The Cast Showoff: Vincent Cassel is a fantastic capoera dancer. So is his character, François Toulour.
  • Dawson Casting: A possible example with Linus. His exact age is never stated, but he's clearly meant to be quite a bit younger than 30, which was Matt Damon's age at the time the first film was released.
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: In both the original Rat Pack and modern versions.
  • Fake Brit: American Don Cheadle as Cockney Basher Tarr. No audience member has yet been fooled.
  • Hostility on the Set: By all accounts, Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones were so hostile on the set of Twelve that they eventually had to be kept completely separate, never even being on the set at the same time. It's perhaps one of the reasons the film is a Sophomore Slump, and why neither actress returned for Thirteen.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Most of the cast admits they did Twelve just to have a nice overseas vacation.
  • Throw It In:
    • The Running Gag of Rusty eating something during a scene came from Brad Pitt's penchant to eat close to shooting rather than on breaks, so Steven Soderbergh decided to just let him eat on-camera. During the numerous takes needed to film the scene of Rusty and Linus spying on Tess by the staircase, Brad Pitt ate 40 shrimp.
    • Don Cheadle covering his "special place" and turning it away as he sets off the EMP.
    • The fountain scene at the end was partly improvised. Steven Soderbergh wanted Brad Pitt to leave first, and Carl Reiner to leave last. The other actors were instructed to line up and leave whenever it felt natural.
  • Uncredited Role: Despite having a major role, Don Cheadle is uncredited in the first movie. This was due to a dispute over his billing. He wanted an above-title billing alongside George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt. When he was denied, he refused to be credited at all. He received above-title billing in the sequels, however.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Steven Soderbergh originally wanted to make the entire film black and white, but changed his mind when the studio warned they would cut the film's budget if he did so.
    • Jon Favreau was initially offered to write the screenplay for the film but he turned it down.
    • Bruce Willis was originally considered to play Danny.
    • Mark Wahlberg was originally considered for the role of Linus but opted to do Planet of the Apes (2001) instead.
    • Luke and Owen Wilson were originally considered for the roles of Virgil and Turk, and Danny Glover was originally going to play Frank, but all three actors dropped out to film The Royal Tenenbaums.
    • Ewan McGregor was originally considered for the role of Basher, but he was busy with Black Hawk Down.
    • Sydney Pollack, Don Rickles and Dennis Fraz were originally considered for the role of Reuben. Alan Arkin was originally cast, but had to drop out due to a family crisis.
    • Warren Beatty, Michael Douglas, and Ralph Fiennes were each originally considered for the role of Benedict.
    • Originally, the hotel demolished by Benedict was going to be the New York, New York. However, this was quickly changed to the fictional Xanadu hotel shortly before the theatrical release due to the 9/11 attacks.
    • The scene where Danny calls his parole officer was originally supposed to be in a crowded deli. However, the assistant director went outside and saw a great shot that included the Trump Plaza sign.
    • In his first scene, Rusty is actually facing a large mural of Frank Sinatra. In an attempt to distance the movie from the original 1960 version, however, the director decided not to show the mural.
  • Write Who You Know: Screenwriter Ted Griffin based Virgil and Turk's constant bickering on fights he had with his own brother when they were younger.


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