Josh Brolin Is Cut From George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Because He's Just Too Funny

Josh Brolin Is Cut From George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Because He's Just Too Funny

The 56-year-old actor/filmmaker reveals that the 'Deadpool 2' actor's scenes were the funniest in the whole movie, but they just 'really don't work anymore.'
Ahead of the release of his new movie "Suburbicon", director George Clooney sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly, during which he revealed that Josh Brolin wouldn't appear in the final cut of the movie. The filmmaker said that Brolin's scenes were the funniest in the whole dark comedy flick, but they just didn't work.

"We shot a couple of scenes with Josh [playing] a baseball coach that are really really funny," Clooney told the site. "But after we did our first screening, the one thing that became really clear to me was that [the scenes] let the air out of the balloon, in terms of the tension in the film."

"I had to write him this awful note where I just said, 'You're not going to believe it. but these scenes really don't work any more,' " the 56-year-old actor/filmmaker continued. "He felt bad, and he thought maybe something went wrong, and I said, 'I’m sending you the scenes, so you can see, they're actually the two funniest scenes in the movie.' "

Clooney then recalled, "I remember sitting there with the editor going, 'F**k! I can't believe this!' But I've sort of been in the same situation." He said that he "did a bunch of scenes in 'Thin Red Line' and then got a call from Terry [Malick], saying, 'We're cutting out everything except the very last scene.' I was like, 'Please cut me completely out of the movie! Don't leave me in one scene!' "

"But, [in 'Suburbicon'], it is one of those where we were just, like, 'There was no option.' He was so great in the film," Clooney said of Brolin's appearance. "I never like talking about those kind of things because it can be really unfair to an actor, except to say he was just absolutely great in the movie."

"Suburbicon" stars Matt Damon as a husband and father named Gardner Lodge who must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit and violence. Also starring Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe and Glenn Fleshler, the R-rated film is set to hit U.S. theaters on October 27.

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