Filmmaker Alexander Payne previously worked with George Clooney in The Descendants, and now he’s teamed with Clooney’s good friend and collaborator Matt Damon in Downsizing. The narrative centers on a couple (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig) who decide to shrink themselves because their net worth of $150,000 would make them millionaires by living in a literally “downsized” universe.
Payne was immediately locked in on Damon for the lead role. “I needed a fantastic actor who I also would believe as an every man,” said Payne. “Who looks more like a real human . . . even though he is a movie star. But then I also needed a movie star who could help bring the financing for the hefty budget we needed. At his age range, mid-40s, really there is only Matt Damon right now. He had been kind enough in passing to tell me, ‘Oh we should work together some day.'”
With today’s politically correct climate, some filmmakers may alter their own storylines to make their work more palatable to a larger audience. That being said, Alexander Payne has his own thoughts about how he approaches storytelling. Click on the media bar below to hear Payne discuss his “honest” approach to crafting a narrative:
Downsizing co-starring Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau opens nationwide December 22nd.