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
  • The Cast Showoff: Vincent Cassel is a fantastic capoerista. So is 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.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Most of the cast admits they did Twelve just to have a nice overseas vacation.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: When trying to cast Yen, the crew looked for anybody who had the right acrobatic skills. They decided to hire Shaobao Qin, who had no acting experience and couldn't speak English, which is why he only speaks Chinese in all three films.
  • 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.
    • Don Cheadle covering his "special place" and turning it away as he sets off the EMP.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Steven Sonderbergh 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 Whalberg 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 Tenebaums.
    • Ewan Macgregor was originally considered for the role of Basher.
    • Sydney Pollack and Dennis Fraz were originally considered for the role of Reuben.
    • 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.
  • 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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