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George Clooney advised Ben Affleck to not take up Batman role

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

knows a thing or two about the perils of taking on a fan-favourite role, which is why he suggested his good friend to turn down the offer to play on screen.

The 58-year-old famously took up the role for 1997's "& Robin" but he failed to deliver on the expectations of fans with the film proving to be a major critical and commercial failure.

During his appearance on Chatter podcast, Clooney recalled his working on the film and how it taught him an important lesson.

"(Arnold) Schwarzenegger was paid, I think, USD 25 million 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," Clooney said.

"Now, fair deal; I was playing 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 getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself," he added.

The said when he was working with Affleck on their 2012 Oscar-winning film "Argo", he advised him to decline the offer to play Batman in Zack Snyder's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice".

"I actually did talk to him about it. I said, 'Don't do it'. It was only from my experience, which is, you know..." Clooney said.

The actor, however, believes Affleck did a "great" job with the part.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 11:00 IST