George Clooney advised Ben Affleck to pass on Batman

George Clooney Ben Affleck Batman

George Clooney Ben Affleck Batman

Discussing the film on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, the Oscar-winning actor, 58, said he caught a lot of flak for his performance in the titular role of Batman, even though co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who portrayed the villainous Mr. Freeze, took home the bigger paycheck.

From one Batman to another, George Clooney offered some pretty simple but memorable advice to Ben Affleck: "Don't do it". "But I took all the heat", said Clooney as he remembered how poorly received the movie was. Here's what Clooney had to say about it in a recent interview.

Affleck has since dropped out of playing Batman in any future films.

"I actually did talk to [Affleck] about it".

Affleck didn't listen to his advice and went on to star as the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017's Justice League. "It was only from my experience, which is, you know ..." Clooney says he tried to warn the 46-year-old Academy Award victor not to take on the part when they worked together on the Clooney-produced Argo, which Affleck starred in and directed. Clooney said that Affleck "did great" in the films.

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The casting choice was a divisive one, with many fans up in arms about the choice, and when it came time for Affleck to decide if he wanted the role, he spoke with Clooney, who advised him to turn it down. He also admitted that as Batman, he "wasn't good" in the film, and that the project itself "wasn't a good film". "But I took all the heat", Clooney said.

'He had worked his way back from actor jail, which happens when I do Batman & Robin and he does Gigli, so it's that, he gets to that moment, and I think, "Don't do something they can fire back off at you".

The two-time Oscar-winner was attached to write, direct and star in a new Batman movie, but later chose to pass the mantle.

"But what I learned from that failure was, I had to rethink how I was working", he added.

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