What Does the Cast of Ocean's 11 Think of Obama?

Brad Pitt’s mother has come out as pro-Romney and anti-gay in a recent letter to Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader.

Jane Pitt writes in response to another letter opposing Mormon views on gender equality: "Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage."

Ironically, the Ocean’s 11 star is one of Hollywood’s most vocal supporters of LGBT rights; he starred in a pro-same-sex marriage Prop 8 play alongside George Clooney in March. Brad Pitt also openly supports Obama this year. 

What would the rest of the Ocean’s 11 cast say about gay marriage and this year’s election?

Matt Damon (Linus Caldwell; The Pick-Pocket Thief)



The actor, known for his strong political views, has gone from enthusiastic supporter to outspoken critic of Obama. Damon campaigned on-the-ground and attended fundraisers to get him elected in 2008. In a viral video, Damon slammed Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, calling her “a bad Disney movie” and insisting that he needs to know “if she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. Because she’s gonna have the nuclear codes.” 

Recently, however, Damon has condemned the president. He blames Obama for education policy that is “testing kids and ... tying teachers’ salaries to how kids are performing on tests,” the high unemployment rate, and lack of economic reform on Wall Street. 

"You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long-run of the country, much better,” he told Elle Magazine in December.

Don Cheadle (Basher Tarr; The Explosives Expert)

The Basher Tarr actor wishes Obama was more “gangster,” he told Jet magazine in January. Controversy about his word choice prompted Cheadle to clarify that he was taken out of context; he meant to convey his desire for political aggressiveness, “to see somebody go to jail over the financial crisis and not just black, brown and poor whites over humbles and minor drug beefs.”

He supports Obama in this year’s election and took his daughters to college campuses to support him in 2008, but still wants him to be bolder. Soon after Obama openly supported gay marriage in early May, he invited Cheadle to a basketball game. He didn’t go, but texted his support for the “jumper” president.

George Clooney (Danny Ocean; The Criminal Mastermind)



The Danny Ocean actor is a strong supporter of LGBT rights and Obama. Clooney held a star-studded fundraiser dinner for Obama that raked in $15 million in May, and supported the president’s campaign in 2008. Later this summer, the actor, director, humanitarian, and political activist will join the president for another fundraiser in Geneva, Switzerland.

The iconic “Hope” poster of Obama came from a photograph of himself with Clooney. "This is the first time that George Clooney has been photo-shopped out of a picture," Obama joked at the actor’s fundraiser. "Never happened before, never happen again."

Andy García (Terry Benedict; The Rival)



Garcia, who plays a casino owner in Ocean's 11, is a Republican. He recently attended a fundraiser for Mayor Carlos Giménez of Miami-Dade county and opposes abortion, though he doesn’t think policy should impose his religious beliefs on others. It’s unclear whether he supports Obama and Romney this election or what he thinks about same-sex marriage.

Julia Roberts (Tess Ocean; The Ex-Wife of Danny Ocean and The Rival's New Girlfriend)

The actress who plays Tess Ocean in the film supports Obama and gay marriage. In early June, she attended a celebrity fundraiser in LA for his re-election alongside singer Cher, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, actress Reese Witherspoon, and Glee star Jane Lynch. In an interview in 2010, she called for more progress on LGBT rights in the U.S.