STATISTICS: Latin male, Cuban origin, 38 years old, 6'1", Brown eyes.
OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur. Owner, hotels and casinos, including The Bellagio, The Mirage and The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV. Recently acquired (via hostile takeover) The Xanadu, (also located in Las Vegas) which Benedict plans to demolish per plans to build a new theme resort and casino.
MARITAL STATUS: Single/Never Married.
CRIMINAL RECORD: Implicated but not charged on 3 counts of Tax Evasion, 2 counts Fraud. Deposed but never charged re: the 1996 disappearance of former Bellagio pit boss Sammy "The Toe" Giabana and Bellagio dealer Nick Attanasio, who were rumored to have been skimming from casino profits. As a Minor, arrested for Petty Theft in 1980; charges dropped.
THE CHARACTER Andy Garcia plays Terry Benedict, the target of Danny Ocean's heist.
"Benedict is a megalomaniacal control freak and ruthlessly expedient," says Soderbergh. "When he was negotiating with Reuben Tishkoff to take over his hotel and didn't feel they were moving quickly enough, he just cut Tishkoff off at the knees. He didn't think twice and he didn't look back."
Garcia was intrigued by the idea of playing such a vibrant villain. "Benedict owns three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas," Garcia says. "People in that position didn't get there by appointment. He's worked his way up and has a tremendous amount of self-assurance as well as a healthy ego. He's running an empire and likes to be in charge. And he can be ruthless. His character is so strong, so vivid, I thought I could do something with it and have some fun with the role."
"Because Terry Benedict is the enemy in the film," says Clooney, "it meant Andy had to come into a room of 11 guys who had been working together and bonding for a long time and be the character nobody likes. That's hard to do. Andy did it with reckless abandon. Between takes we'd be waiting around and making jokes. Then Steven would say ‘Action' and Andy would become this rat. He really made you want to get him!"
Andy Garcia's Terry Benedict is the perfect counterpoint for George Clooney's Danny Ocean," states Weintraub. "They're both excellent actors. And you can imagine Julia Roberts' Tess being with Andy and then you can imagine Danny taking her back."