In the new issue of PEOPLE, Cheadle, 58, who stars in the upcoming Netflix movie White Noise, recalls how Clooney issued an eerie challenge nearly two decades ago. While filming the 2004 heist movie Ocean’s Twelve, a sequel to the 2001 hit Ocean’s Eleven, the cast visited Clooney’s famed villa in Lake Como, Italy.
Nearby, recalls Cheadle, was an “abandoned, old, weird, spooky house,” he says. “We were just all sitting around, and he dared whoever to just go over there at two o’clock in the morning or something and walk around and hang out.”
“Only four of us took him up on it,” says Cheadle, who bravely went into the night with costar Brad Pitt and two others — but they didn’t sleep over. “There was no spending the night,” he says. “No way.”
Noted prankster Clooney previously told GQ about the incident. Though in his telling, he joined Cheadle, Pitt and Matt Damon.
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“The first thing we saw was, like, a statue of [a] snake eating a woman’s head or something,” he said. “We came down to the conclusion that we’d give $10,000 to any guy that could spend the night in the haunted house with just a candle, six matches, and a bottle of wine.”
Clooney said that Cheadle and Pitt did indeed