George Clooney was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night where Jimmy prodded him on the challenges of directing a ‘terrible actor’ like Matt Damon in his upcoming film Suburbicon. And just like that, the Matt Damon v. Jimmy Kimmel feud rages on. And I’m not at all shocked to see George play along here because Clooney has a reputation as a prankster and ball buster, but it’s nice to see it in action.
Clooney’s initial response of ‘we got Matt because we couldn’t afford Brad Pitt’ is obviously a hat tip to the Oceans film trilogy where the characters were always treating Matt Damon like a poor man’s Bradd Pitt. ‘Matt’s on that slide now, on the way down’ was Clooney’s further explanation of why they went with Damon over Pitt for this role in Suburbicon. This joke actually makes me a bit uncomfortable. Not because I think it’s actually reflective of Matt Damon’s career which is doing fine. It’s just a sad realization of how leading actors/actresses in Hollywood are realistic about their acting careers.
George also shared a story of what happened when he was younger and working at a liquor store that got held up. His life has certainly changed now that he’s sold his Casamigos Tequila company for ONE BILLION DOLLARS and his children’s children’s children will never have to worry about money again. But this is still one hell of a story: