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Soderbergh: Rat Pack drowned in Ocean
(by Teletext.co.uk, February 2002)

Director Steven Soderbergh had a lot to live up to when he remade the 1960 Rat Pack classic Ocean's Eleven - the legends of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

"The problem is with these names you have to bust your ass not to get beaten up. Everybody's thinking 'it just better be good'," admits Soderbergh.

"People are basically waiting to see if you screw it up. Nobody's going 'wow, congratulations'."

The high powered cast was essential, says the acclaimed director of Erin Brockovich and Traffic. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts star.

"The obvious camaraderie amongst the members of the original Rat Pack was what I thought we should try and emulate," explains Soderbergh.

"We tried to cast with it in mind - that obvious spirit towards each other that was really infectious."

Soderbergh also wanted a stronger storyline than the original so scriptwriter Ted Griffin fleshed out the characters and brought in a female role.

"It was as close to a perfect piece of entertainment that I have ever read," says Soderbergh.

"The movie isn't mean or gratuitous, nobody is humiliated for no reason. It's probably the least threatening film I've ever made in a way."

Ocean's Eleven is about a gang who aim to pull off a huge heist on a Las Vegas casino.

Steven Soderbergh doesn't speak highly of the Sinatra version.

"The original is remembered fondly by those who haven't seen it. It's a wonderful document to have of those guys, but if you watch the movie for entertainment, it's excruciating."

After making hard-hitting drug trade movie Traffic, Soderbergh wanted to work on a less serious film.

"Ocean's Eleven was my opportunity to make a movie that has no desire except to give you pleasure, where you just surrender without embarrassment or regret," he says.

"I didn't think dark or mean ideas had a place in a movie like this. I wanted it to be sort of light entertainment. We're not after casino reform with it."

Renowned for making dramas such as Erin Brockovich, Soderbergh ditches light entertainment in his next film, a low budget follow-up to Sex Lies And Videotape entitled Full Frontal.

He then reteams with George Clooney in the war on terrorism drama See No Evil, based on memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baers, followed by sci-fi Solaris.

"These are punishment for people who like Ocean's Eleven," laughs the director.

 


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