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George Clooney Pulls Out Of 'The Man From UNCLE': Exits Steven Soderbergh Film

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First Posted: 08/30/11 11:53 AM ET Updated: 10/30/11 06:12 AM ET

George Clooney is human, after all.

The Oscar-winner was attached to star in friend Steven Soderbergh's film adaptation of the 60s spy drama TV series, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," but has pulled out of the flick, Deadline reports. According to E! Online, the exit comes thanks to the stunt-intensive script that the actor feared would put too much strain on his body, which is still healing from injuries suffered during the filming of the Middle East-set thriller.

"He said he just can't do the action and stunt scenes," a source from the film told E!. "In fact, I think he's planning on having another operation during the time he would have been filming."

Clooney has a busy fall, as it is; he will premiere "The Ides of March," the political thriller he wrote, directed and starred in (along with Ryan Gosling) at the Venice Film Festival, and will also take lead in Alexander Payne's film, "The Descendants."

Soderbergh, Clooney's "Oceans 11" franchise director, is said to be continuing with the film; currently, he is working on stripper drama "Magic Mike." He plans to make "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." one of his last three films before retiring.

For more, click over to Deadline and E! Online.

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