The Cast Of ‘Ocean’s 8’ Are Shocked The Movie Got Made
Ocean’s 8 is poised to be a massive summer heist film. A spinoff of the Ocean’s Trilogy classics with George Clooney at the center, Ocean’s 8 is proving Hollywood is ready to do something new. The brilliantly cast film stars all women and follows Debbie Ocean (portrayed by Sandra Bullock), the sinister sister to Clooney’s Danny Ocean who devises a plan to jack a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million from the Met Gala.
Along with Bullock, the film also stars Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina. With such A-list talent, the film seems like a surefire hit. However, the Ocean’s 8 cast is actually shocked the film got greenlit in the first place. You won’t believe what one of the film’s stars said about the film’s box office numbers (page 7).
Too close to the original
- The movie came together a lot quicker than anyone expected
The rebooted Ocean’s Trilogy which was based on the classic film from 1960, debuted in 2001. Starring Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts among others, the films were a massive success. Since the final movie in the trilogy, Ocean’s Thirteen premiered in 2007, the cast of Ocean’s 8, thought a spinoff of the saga might be too much too soon.
It seemed especially far-fetched because Ocean’s Trilogy director, Steven Soderbergh stated that he would not be making an Ocean’s Fourteen.
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A time for women in Hollywood
- Things have shifted drastically for women in Hollywood recently
With female dominated comedies like Girls Trip, the all-female reboot of the ’80s classic Ghostbusters, as well as the Time’s Up and #MeToo Movements, a lot has changed in Hollywood over the past several years for women in front of and behind the camera. It took these films and movements for Ocean’s 8 to even be a possibility.
Cate Blanchett, who stars as Lou, Debbie’s partner-in-crime, explained why this moment and film are so important for Hollywood. At the Ocean’s 8 press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she expressed, “Isn’t it interesting — two or three years ago, this seemed like an impossibility. Like, how could we possibly get this made? And it’s so great that it’s being released now, and you go, “Well, of course.” A lot has shifted.”
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Not just a gimmick
- Ocean’s 8 puts other heist films in Hollywood to shame
Director Gary Ross and the Ocean’s 8 cast are adamant that the film isn’t simply a fad or gimmick. In fact, Ocean’s 8 passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. The Bechdel test refers to a work of fiction when two named women talk to each other about something other than a man.
Mindy Kaling, who stars in the film as Amita, a jewelry maker, explained, “You guys all know about the Bechdel test. This passes it with flying colors. I mean, the fact that we’re orchestrating a crime as opposed to fighting over a man. There’s isn’t even a specter of a man.”
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The power of representation
- Ocean’s 8 shows women that there is a space for them
Ocean’s 8 speaks to the power of representation and how women and young girls perceive themselves in society. Anne Hathaway who stars in the film as Daphne Kluger, a fame-obsessed celeb who becomes the target for the heist revealed, “You can’t underestimate the power of visual representation. So, to an 8-year-old girl, we’re not trying to say, “Go have a life of crime,” but we’re saying, “Go do what you want. Go do what you want [because] there’s space for you. There’s space for you to do it with your friends. And there’s room for all of you.”
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A surprising greenlight
- Sandra Bullock said getting the film made was like playing a game of chess
Eight glamorous A-list women leading a massive heist film shouldn’t be shocking, but even well into the 21st century, it’s still a very rare gem in Hollywood. Films like Ocean’s 8 are still so rare that Bullock was actually a bit flummoxed that the film got greenlit.
She revealed, “I thought it was a fun idea. I didn’t at the time think the movie would get made. In order to get something greenlit, all the elements have to be there. It’s a chess match, and I didn’t think in a million years that it would work. And it was a while before it did happen, too. It was a long silence. And once you get everyone, you’re playing chess with everyone’s schedules.”
For someone who has been in the industry for decades, the Academy Award winner’s revelations shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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A chance to connect
- Ocean’s 8 gave its actresses a different experience on a film set
Though the Ocean’s 8 cast is rolling their eyes over journalists asking if they became “friends” while working on the film, Bullock did point out that they had an opportunity to link up in a way that is unprecedented in Hollywood. Typically every actress in Hollywood is going after five major roles in a few movies each year, so they rarely get to interact on film sets. Ocean’s 8 was a brand new experience.
She revealed, “I think we managed to connect on a level that we never ever would have been given a chance [to connect on] because we — women, you know, there’s five roles [in Hollywood] and we’re all looking for them, and they’re all lone little islands, and here we were, Hawaii, and all the other islands.”
Next: Waiting for the box office numbers
The pressure of success
- Ocean’s 8’s box office numbers shouldn’t have any effect on the number of all-female films made in Hollywood
Since Ocean’s 8 is still one of the few female-dominated action films to come out of Hollywood, a lot is riding on the success of the film, However, that shouldn’t be the case.
Awkwafina, who plays a thief named Constance, in the film told Refinery29, “Women in cinema should not be dependent on this movie, and the same with Crazy Rich Asians — Asian Americans in movies shouldn’t be dependent on the success of that.”