Matt Damon reunited with “Ocean’s 11” co-star George Clooney for the gritty new thriller “Suburbicon,” only this time George was sitting in the director’s chair.
“Extra’s” Mark Wright caught up with the pair while they were on a giant double date night for the big premiere of “Suburbicon,” Matt with wife Luciana and George with wife Amal.
George joked that “It was fun to boss Matt Damon around,” adding, “It's very difficult, 'cause obviously he's very drunk when he comes to work, but it's okay. No, it was fun. He's a really good friend and he's a really wonderful actor, so it was all fun.”
What was George like as a boss? Matt said, “It's a little trying. No, it's great. When you work with your friends you check your ego at the door and you get it done.”
When Mark asked about their night out with their wives, Matt said, “If it's a receptive audience, then it'll be a lot nicer night than if it's not… if it's not, we'll probably be at the bar, the four of us.”
“Suburbicon” is a satire that centers on Matt and Julianne Moore as a married couple dealing with 1950s race relations. Says George, "We thought it was important to talk about building fences and scapegoating minorities... we wanted to put it in a film where Matt Damon gets punched in the face.”
Damon described the punching scene, saying, “He actually tied the fishing line to the glasses and he pulled them as I got punched in the face. I think he liked that one a little too much.”
Clooney has always been committed to social justice, and Mark asked him what he thought of the issue of sexual harassment, especially now that he is raising twins. The star said, “We would hope that by the time my children are of the age of consent that this is long in the rear view mirror and we don't have to worry about it.”
While he is always mindful of the state of the world, Clooney still manages to have a little fun. In fact, he is having a Halloween party this year. The theme? “It's a '70s theme,” he said. “The unfortunate thing is I wore those clothes in the '70s.”
“Suburbicon” opens in theaters on Friday.