George Clooney has revealed he gave Ben Affleck some advice on taking on the Batman role: “Don’t do it”.
Clooney played Gotham City’s caped crusader in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 film Batman & Robin, which also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was panned by critics.
The 58-year-old star, whose career recovered from the critical drubbing, told The Hollywood Reporter it changed the way he approached roles.
“Schwarzenegger was paid, I think, 25 million dollars for that, which was like 20 times more than I was paid for it, and, you know, we never even worked together! We worked together one day. But I took all the heat,” he said.
“Now, fair deal; I was playing Batman and I wasn’t good in it, and it wasn’t a good film, but what I learned from that failure was, I had to rethink how I was working. Because now I wasn’t just an actor getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself.”
Fifteen years later , the actor joined forces with Affleck to jointly produce the 2012 historical drama Argo.
It meant when Affleck signed up to play the DC superhero in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Clooney was able to offer him some advice based on his own experience playing the Dark Knight.