George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts may all be A-list celebrities used to top billing, but when it came to playing in "Ocean's 12" they brought fun, not egos, to the set, according to the movie's director Steven Soderbergh.
"We have a whole 'life's-too-short' attitude to making movies," Soderbergh told a Paris media conference promoting the European opening of the film, a sequel to the 2001 heist flick "Ocean's 11".
Pitt, sitting alongside Damon, co-star Don Cheadle and producer Jerry Weintraub, added: "I understand the image of egos in Hollywood and all that, but it's rarely the truth.... We all just got along really well and had a laugh."
That cameraderie and good-natured ribbing among the cast came across in the conference, with Cheadle piping up to answer questions to Pitt and Damon with his trademark humour.
Yes, there would be a sequel to "Ocean's 12", but it would take an X-rated tack and would be called "The Porn Identity," Cheadle deadpanned, making a dig at Damon's spy films "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy".
"Matt was still Jason Bourne" on set, Pitt joked.
Prompting Damon to reply: "Seeing as I didn't wear a skirt in my last movie, I feel like I've won." (A reference to Pitt's turn as tunic-wearing Achilles in the big-budget "Troy".)