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.
Pitt Bernie, sweetheart, good morning! How you feeling, bud?
Mac [Feebly] I’m much better. Much, much, much better.
Cheadle Julia, how do you feel?
Roberts I feel great, actually.
Damon Are you enormous?
Roberts I’m getting enormous. My stomach, from the time I go to sleep to the time I wake up, is actually exponentially bigger. I’m just really glad that my ass isn’t following suit.
Cheadle When do you get un-huge?
Roberts That’s the $10 million question. I think I’m going to have to sit down and have a stern conversation with my children today and make a plan. How are things in Palm Springs?
Clooney Nice. We played golf this morning.
Roberts Are you guys all drunk?
Cheadle, Clooney, Damon [In unison] Not yet!
Damon It’s early, though.