a private golf club in Palm Springs I await the arrival of
Catherine Zeta Jones one of the stars of Ocean’s
Ocean’s Twelve is set in Italy so I wonder why
I’m transported all the way to this desert spot to conduct an
My only conclusion is that the cast of the
original Ocean’s Eleven (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy
Davis Jr), known as the rat-pack, hung out and partied in Palm
Ocean’s Twelve came about as a result of
director Steven Soderbergh’s visit to Rome when he went to
promote Ocean’s Eleven.
He fell in love with the city
and began to think of what the structure of Ocean’s Twelve
would be. In the meantime producer Jerry Weintraub had read
George Nofli’s screenplay entitled Honor Among
It was about the greatest thief in Europe who
zeroes in on the territory of the greatest thief in America
and steals a job from him while they are both being pursued by
a female FBI agent. Honor Among Thieves was developed and took
shape as Ocean’s Twelve.
The FBI agent was transformed
into a Europol agent and Catherine Zeta Jones was cast in the
part. She and Julia Roberts are the only two females in the
So Catherine was the new kid on the set, what was
that like for her?
“Embarking on the project with all
these actors was a little daunting, as an actress you usually
work with one of these guys, but here I was working with the
bunch of them.
But the work environment was pretty
cool and the guys are good guys to hang out with. I just
mucked in and became one of the guys really. I played poker
and drank with them.”
She keeps referring to them as
good guys, what does she mean by that? “I think guys without
egos, they are really kind and funny to boot. They look out
for us girls.”
In the film she’s making out with Brad
Pitt, what did hubby Michael Douglas think of that?
“Someone’s got to do it, it’s a tough job (she
laughs). It’s like my husband said ‘what are you doing today
honey?’ I said kissing Brad and he said ‘have a great day’. My
husband is friends with these guys and we all get
What is the glue that binds Catherine and
Michael’s marriage? “We’re good friends, we’re born on the
same day albeit 25 years difference.
Sometimes in this
business you spend a lot of time being nice to strangers,
which is fine, and you neglect the person that you love more
than anything and we never take each other for granted. I
still flirt with my husband and play the seducing
All her seduction pays off. Michael gives her
gifts to remember special occasions by.
platinum baby shoes hang on a chain around her neck given to
her when her two children were born. An emerald solitaire
dangles just below, a gift for her birthday. And for their
anniversary he gifted her a beautiful Tudor, Celtic coin and
brought her coffee in bed.
As an actress she has to
keep herself looking fit and beautiful. Does she do anything
special to maintain herself? “I kind of do a bit of everything
I’ve been eating Mexican food recently (on
location for Zorro). I think just running around after my
children and working is exercise enough. I’m actually looking
forward to a little break and just being mom and I tell you
something that keeps you on your toes and keeps you fit.
But I like to work out. I’ll tell you what I should do
because I love it so much is sword fencing as a hobby, that’s
the best exercise. No squats are going to get you in better
Will there be an Ocean’s Thirteen? She hopes
so, because even though all of the actors took a pay-cut to
see that the movie got made, the experience was fun and she’d
like to have that experience again.