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Not $20 Million, George Clooney Offered $20 to One of the Richest Actors Ever Julia Roberts to Accept His $450 Million Movie

Julia Roberts and George Clooney rank among the most popular actors in Hollywood. They have evolved into a relatively dynamic duo. The two have worked together in six films and have a strong connection. Their first and most enduring collaboration was in 2001’s .

George Clooney shared a humorous story about how he convinced Julia Roberts to join the star-studded cast of for $20. The three films in the trilogy were all box office hits, collectively grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide.



Steven Soderbergh’s saw an enviable array of Hollywood superstars sharing screen space in the heist thriller. The film got an ensemble cast that included , Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Don Cheadle.

One of the biggest draws was . Undoubtedly Hollywood’s sweetheart for her stunning presence over the years, the actor became the highest-paid female actor in the 2000s with an official salary of $20 million per film.

In an interview with GQ, George Clooney explained how he convinced Roberts to join the cast. The actress starred as George Clooney’s character Danny Ocean’s wife in the 2001 heist film.

Clooney told :

“I remember Julia. I didn’t know her. I’d never met her and she was making $20 million a film. And we just talked Brad [Pitt] into doing it and Matt [Damon] into doing it and we wanted Julia [Roberts] to do it. So, I put a $20 bill on a script and I sent it to her. And I said, ‘I hear you get $20 a picture now.’”

went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing over $450 million worldwide. It also spawned two sequels (2004) and (2007) and a female-led spin-off, .



Further in the interview, the actor said that the experience of working with Julia Roberts was “

.” He said:

In the same interview, Clooney talked about working with all these actors including Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. He said:

“There’s a fun thing about that gang that there was literally no ego involved in it. There’s a funny thing you see, and you can see it in the way that the scenes play. There was no actor in those scenes trying to steal scenes. They’re all kind of actively trying to hand it to the other guy.”

Apart from the sequels, Clooney and Roberts starred together in , , , and .

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