Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s working relationship dates back over two decades. In the past, A-listers have teamed up for Hollywood blockbusters like Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve, and Money Monsters. Now Roberts and Clooney have reunited for a new movie called Ticket To Paradise, which is slated for release in October.” According to the New York Times (as per deadline), filming Ticket To Paradise with Clooney and his family helped Roberts make it happen “The Clooneys saved me from utter loneliness and despair,” the Pretty Woman star shared. “We were in a bubble and I’ve never been away from my family for this long. I don’t think I’ve spent that much time alone since I was 25.”
Ticket To Paradise follows divorcees who hatch a plan to stop their daughter from getting married young and making the “same mistake” they made when they were younger, according to IMDb. During the official trailer, the former couple bicker and shoot each other while traveling to Bali in hopes of preventing their daughter’s marriage. Despite the palpable tensions, the ex-boyfriends’ common goal puts them on the path to reconciliation.
While this isn’t the first time Roberts and Clooney have played romantic partners, sooner or not, the breakout has the actors sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits about what goes into filming their romantic scenes.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s kissing scene lasted 80 takes
Although Julia Roberts and George Clooney have known each other for over 20 years and have worked together on numerous projects, the kissing scene for their latest project was a bit of a stretch to get right.
According to The New York Times (via Daily Mail), the couple shared that it took about six months to perfect their on-screen hickeys. “Yes. I told my wife, ‘It took 80 takes,'” Clooney shared with the publication. “She was like, ‘What the hell?'” Roberts echoed Clooney’s sentiments, adding, “It took 79 takes of us laughing and then one take of us kissing.”
While it’s clear from the trailer that the actor’s dedication to perfecting his chemistry has paid off, Roberts previously shared mixed feelings. Speaking to Variety, the actor joked that fans should actually lower their expectations of the film. “I think it’s so funny and George is so funny and George and I together, it’s probably going to be awful because there’s too much potential to be great, it’s just going to implode on its own,” Roberts said. She added that the film’s tagline should be, “It’s probably going to be horrible.”