Between 2001 and 2007, the Ocean’s Trilogy scored consecutive successes at the box office. Starring an unrivalled ensemble cast, led by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, the films have gone down as the greatest heist, deception and fraud movies of all time. At Top Fraud Films, the Ocean’s Trilogy ranks highly among our very favourite. So, stay tuned as we take you behind the screen and shed light on some fun facts about the legendary films comprising the trilogy.
You probably already know this, but we have to mention it here again! Ocean’s Eleven, the first instalment of the Steven Soderbergh trilogy, was actually a remake. Made in 1960, the original Ocean’s 11 starred core members of the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
Released in 2001, Ocean’s Eleven marked a peak in Steven Soderbergh’s directorial career. With the first of the trilogy debuting at number one at the box office, the huge commercial success was preceded by an unrivalled accomplishment. In 2000, Soderbergh was nominated for two Academy Awards in the same year, for Erin Brokovich and Traffic, becoming the first person in history do have accomplished this feat.
While filming the movies in and around Las Vegas, the crew spent a lot of time gambling at the casinos during their breaks. According to insiders, on one occasion, George Clooney lost twenty-five rounds one after another at the blackjack table!
Rusty Ryan, played by Brad Pitt, had a unique quirk whereby he was always seen to be eating. Interestingly, this was added to the character because Pitt was so busy he would struggle to eat in between scenes. According to insiders, it became a running joke to pick out food for Rusty to be eating. Also, some fans have observed that it added to the character’s nonchalant persona.