George Clooney told Ben Affleck not to take on the role of Batman, because he'd had a bad experience with the poorly received "Batman & Robin". Affleck, prior to that, directed and starred in the Best Picture victor Argo, which George Clooney served as a producer on. "I said, 'Don't do it.'" Clooney said.
Fifteen years after playing Batman, Clooney would go on to work with Affleck on the 2012 drama, "Argo", which took home the Oscar for Best Picture.
"I actually did talk to him about it". "I said, 'Don't do it.' It was only from my experience, which is, you know". That gave Clooney the opportunity to offer some advice to Affleck before he officially signed on to play Batman. Though, many, like Clooney, have praised Affleck's turn as Batman, despite the movies themselves being something quite divisive.
The two-time Oscar victor was speaking from his own experience in Batman & Robin, which starred Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy. 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. "But I took all the heat", Clooney said. He also admitted that as Batman, he "wasn't good" in the film, and that the project itself "wasn't a good film". "Now, fair deal - I was playing Batman and I wasn't good in it, and it wasn't a good film".
"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.' He did great, though".
At that point in his career, Clooney's clout was changing.
George Clooney poses during the photocall for "Catch-22", a miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller in Rome, Monday, May 13, 2019.