Don Cheadle Backs Fan Theory About Ocean 11’s Dodgy Accent

Marvel’s Don Cheadle lent his support to a Ocean 11 fan theory.

The actor played ammunition expert Basher Tarr opposite Matt Damon’s pickpocket Linus Caldwell, Brad Pitt’s heist mapmaker and George Clooney’s master thief Danny Ocean, but stood out as a thumbs up sore for an unfortunate, questionable cockney accent.

21 years since Cheadle’s Basher uttered his first “Alright guv’nor!”, the actor recently spoke with The Guardian on the role.

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When asked if director Steven Soderbergh didn’t want him to play the accent – as rumors have claimed over the years – he replied: “No. Steven replied: ‘You don’t. you don’t have to. I said, ‘Well, that’s how you wrote to him. I’m going to try.'”

Getting him out of jail somewhat (no pun intended), a theory circulating online suggests that this horrible slang was simply part of his character’s cover.

“Now I can say ‘he was an American with a British accent – did you miss that?“”, joked Cheadle.

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Meanwhile, another portrayal he is widely recognized for is that of War Machine in the MCU.

Initially in the hands of Terrence Howard, Cheadle replaced him for iron man 2 and has since reprized the superhero across nine projects (including next year’s Secret Invasion).

“I was at my daughter’s birthday party, and they called me and said, ‘It’s happening, Terrence won’t be coming back and we’re making you the offer. But we have to decide quickly because we don’t want that to happen. get out,” he recalled in 2019.

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When offered an eight-film deal on the spot, Cheadle recalled thinking, “‘It’s, like, 10 years. This could be 12 years we’re talking about.’

“They said, ‘Well, we need a decision in an hour.’ And they were like, ‘Hey, you just gotta take a leap of faith.’

“I said, ‘Well, I’m at my daughter’s birthday party.’ They said, ‘Oh, take two hours.’ So that was a decision that had to be made pretty quickly!”

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