A new "Buddy" movie project featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney was announced by Universal Pictures this afternoon, where filming is scheduled to begin early next year. The project will include other members of the Oceans 11 cast as well, but in cameo roles only.
Building on true-to-life scenarios facing both actors as Pitt approaches his late 30's and Clooney nears his late 40's; the story will feature two similar characters as they struggle to redefine their mid-life careers in Hollywood. Clooney plays a former daytime drama actor from a hospital series, while Pitt plays a younger bad-boy actor, who cut his teeth on smaller roles in Hollywood.
Strangely familiar to both Clooney and Pitt, the roles appear to be tailor made for each actor. "In effect", Pitt says, "I'll be playing a guy like me, who is playing a guy like me." Clooney followed with, "I'm pretty confident I can find this character's center and develop an accurate persona."
Inside Hollywood reporter, Brandy Muffins, pointed out in her interview with Pitt and Clooney, "Then, you are just playing yourselves?" Pitt replied, "Exactly. And better yet, there is no script. This interview for example, becomes part of the movie. We're acting right now." Muffins clarified her original question, "So, this is a reality movie?" Clooney responded, "Sort of, yeah. Except that the names of the characters are different. I'm playing George Booney, and Brad is playing Brett Pidd".
Steven Soderbergh, who is directing the film says, "The film will contain numerous close ups of the actors with cool clothes, boyish smiles and at least one shower scene. I'll even throw in a couple of classic 60's muscle cars so that the male audience doesn't feel left out." Muffins followed with, "So it's a movie about nothing, based on two current middle aged actors in Hollywood, played by the same two middle aged actors in Hollywood. Are you bothering with a finale?" Soderbergh replied, "Of course, we wrap the film on the set of Oceans 14 once that production schedule starts. Besides, wouldn't you like a chance to see Brad Pitt's naked butt?"
Muffins replied, "Well, duh". Soderbergh added, "And that alone my dear equals 300 to 400 million at the box office. See you there."