Matt Damon says 'Suburbicon' director George Clooney is done pranking: 'He finally grew up'

Kevin Polowy
Senior Correspondent, Yahoo Entertainment
Yahoo Movies

Renowned prankster George Clooney was not up to his usual tricks on the set of his new directorial effort, Suburbicon, the Coen brother-scripted crime thriller about murder, mayhem, and racial discrimination in a 1950s cookie-cutter residential development.

At least that’s according to star (and longtime Clooney bro) Matt Damon: “I feel like he finally grew up,” the actor told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above), where he was joined by co-star Julianne Moore. “It took him into his 50s, but he actually did finally manage to grow up.”

Was it fatherhood? “Maybe it was the kids; maybe it was Amal,” Damon said of Clooney’s wife of two-and-a-half years, who gave birth to twins in June. “I don’t know. I think he finally just reached adulthood. It just took him longer than most.”

Oh, but not so fast, Matt. “I did put him on a tricycle and rode him around a long time,” Clooney said, referring to one scene in the film. “And I [had him] punched in the face a few times. And I did several takes of it, Matt getting punched in the face …  and by the way, the whole crew voted, and they wanted more takes of it.”

Told of Damon’s comment that he “grew up,” Clooney took exception. “That’s a terrible thing to [say],” he lamented. “That’s a challenge! Where is he? I’m going to go do something terrible to him.”

We’ll update you as this story develops.

Suburbicon opens Friday.

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