George Clooney told Ben Affleck not to take on the role of Batman

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Ben Affleck and George Clooney
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George Clooney says he advised Ben Affleck not to take on the role of Batman.

The 59-year-old played the DC Comics superhero in the 1997 film, Batman & Robin, while Ben Affleck recently played the role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League, despite his friend's advice.

Speaking to Howard Stern, the Midnight Sky actor admitted Batman wasn't his best work. "You gotta remember, at that point, I was just an actor getting an acting job. I wasn't the guy that could green-light a movie," he said. "They paid Arnold [Schwarzenegger] $25 million to be in it, they paid me like, $1. And we never even worked together, we never saw each other. It's a big monster machine, and I just sort of jumped in and did what they said."

He added that he won't ever watch Batman & Robin again. "It's so bad, it actually hurts. Like you'll be flipping the channels, and it'll just pop up, and I'll be like [gasp!] 'Oh no, no, no, no.'," he said. Though Ben Affleck took the job anyway and "ended up doing a great job", he did offer him one last piece of advice.

"I can only impart my wisdom from my experience," George told Howard, "and I just said, 'Don't have nipples on the suit.'" 

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