Three years after their glossy remake of Ocean's Eleven made off with $183 million in domestic box office, George Clooney and his unruly gang of thieves have reunited (with the addition of Catherine Zeta-Jones as an investigator on their tail) for a globe-trotting sequel that vividly reflects the raucous four months they spent filming. To hear firsthand about the dirty dozen's European adventures, we gathered six of the eight main cast members — Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, and Andy Garcia — in Palm Springs, while their two colleagues joined in from home via speakerphone: Bernie Mac, recovering from a bout with pneumonia, and Julia Roberts, on bed rest just days before delivering her twins Nov. 28. When the posse wasn't trading stripper jokes or reciting entire skits from Da Ali G Show, they let spill some juicy details about their freewheeling new movie and their unforgettable off-camera escapades.
EW: Last question. Since you mostly play thieves in the movie, if you could steal something and not get caught, what would you steal?
Pitt: A Degas.
Garcia: My wife's heart again.
Cheadle: Julia's heart.
Cheadle: I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
Clooney: Don's virginity!
Mac: I'm not a thief. I don't want anything that's not mine.
Damon: I don't know that there's a material thing I would want.
Clooney: The presidency!
Damon: There you go. Well, talk to Karl Rove.
Matt Damon stars along with some of Hollywood's favorite leading men in Ocean's Twelve—George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac…the list goes on! Matt says that it didn't take him very long to decide to sign on for the Ocean's Eleven sequel—he was excited to team up with his old friends again.
"To do a movie with Steven Soderbergh, the director, is incredible," Matt says. "The decision to do both of these movies, for me, if you add it together, is 45 seconds. [Steven] kind of got out half of his pitch and I said, 'Yes, I'll do it.' … And the friendships that kind of came out of the first one really did sustain. I mean, a lot of times, you know what it's like. It's really hard."
Oprah: How's your friend Ben [Affleck]? Are you all still as tight as you were?
Matt: Yeah, forever we will be. We've seen each other less in the last few years than at any other point in our lives, because we've been working so much, but I saw him last month when he hosted Saturday Night Live. He stayed at my house and we hung out a little bit. He's [shooting a film] in Vancouver, and I've been in Dubai doing another movie with George, [Syriana].