George Clooney had to give up being on the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s latest film to make sure he didn’t bring COVID-19 home and infect his son with asthma.
The Oscar-winning actor was in a hurry to leave to work on the project Kill Switch, which has since been renamed No Sudden Move, but he had to refuse his role to ensure the health of his family.
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“I have a son who suffers from asthma,” he told “Deadline” media. It’s not like I can take that risk. I had to abandon the film for that reason, a disappointing decision because it was a good role.
“I could have worked with Don Cheadle again and with everyone. It sounded really fun. ”
No Sudden Move features Benicio del Toro, David Harbor, Amy Seimetz, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon, among others.
The plot is set in the 1950s in Detroit and follows a gang of criminals in a simple heist that goes awry, and who find themselves hunted down and pursued through the city.
Filming began on location in the Michigan metropolis in September.
Clooney, Cheadle, Soderbergh and Damon have all worked together on the Trilogy ofOcean’s Eleven (with Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen), while the 57-year-old star and director collaborated on Solaris and Out of reach.
Scheduled for last spring, the shooting of No Sudden Move instead was postponed until the fall.
According to the IMDB site, actor Nicolas Cage and wrestler John Cena have also turned down roles in the film, which is currently in the editing stage. Hamm, star of the iconic series Mad Men, was hired after Josh Brolin’s about-face.