Don Cheadle on ‘Ocean’s 12’ Fan Hate

“People will just blatantly come up to me and say, ‘Yeah, I hated that. That sucked.’”

Don Cheadle is mocked about “Ocean’s 12”.

The Oscar winner addressed fan hatred for the ‘Ocean’s 11’ sequel, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts. Cheadle played British demolitions expert Basher Tarr in the heist film set in Europe.

“It was a lot of grinding on an accent that I was both vilified for and praised for,” Cheadle said during a GQ video interview. “When we came back to shoot the second film, we hadn’t seen each other for a long time. We hadn’t all been together. We just found each other, so we walked around for an hour and then we were like, ‘Oh wait, we’re actually here to shoot something.'”

Cheadle continued, “I love that the second movie is the one where people just blatantly come up to me and say, ‘Yeah, I hated that. That sucked.” It’s how cool: ‘You just said that to my face like I wasn’t a person, but alright. Thank you.'”

He added: “But that was actually the most fun for us. When we were in Italy we stayed at the de Russie Hotel. We had the entire sixth floor to ourselves because we really had nowhere to go. Paparazzi is an Italian word. We were really kind of isolated but they were able to give us the whole floor and all our families were there. So there were my kids and Matt [Damon]’s kids were there and we just toured Europe in this big group and it was just a lot of fun. Everyone just had a lot of fun together.”

Cheadle has previously worked on another “Ocean’s” film with the core ensemble cast in 2021.

“We talked about it [after ‘Ocean’s 13’]and then Bernie [Mac] over, and very quickly we were like, ‘No, we don’t want to do that,'” Cheadle recalled. “But I just did a film with [‘Ocean’s’ director] Stefan [Soderbergh] and he said, ‘I think maybe there’s a way to do it again. I’m thinking about it.’ And it didn’t go much further. But I do not know; I don’t know who would be in it. I can imagine that the main group of us would be there. It would be interesting to see.”

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will star in a remake of the original 1960 film Ocean’s 11, directed by Bombshell director Jay Roach. Production is slated to begin in Spring 2023 and is rumored to be a prequel to the Ocean’s 8 prequel. Carrie Solomon is writing the screenplay, and Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing.

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