The notion of shrinking yourself down to miniature size to increase the quality of your life is a fantastical notion that director Alexander Payne tackles with Downsizing. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are the couple who are considering joining this liliputian universe.
“I have been a huge fan of Matt for a very long time,” said Wiig. “We have always met many times. We have mutual friends. I’ve just always wanted to work with him and I’ve heard he’s such a nice guy. That’s everything when you’re on set. He was amazing and he’s so funny. We joked around a lot and he’s great.”
As with most of Payne’s works, Downsizing is a pointed satire at our daily existence, and Wiig explains how the environment is a central theme to the narrative. Take a listen to Wiig’s comments below:
Downsizing, which features a Golden Globe nominated performance from Hong Chau, opens nationwide December 22.
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 Chauopens nationwide December 22nd.
Matt Damon and George Clooney have become frequent collaborators. They’ve worked together on the Oceans films, along with Syriana and The Monuments Men, and they’re back together on Suburbicon. Clooney’s directing the dramedy, about the darkness lurking beneath the surface of a small town in 1959, and Damon told us it was a pleasure to once again work with his friend. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)
Academy Award winner George Clooney’s next movie puts him behind the camera — he’s directed the dark dramedy Suburbicon. The film, set in 1959, is about a seemingly idyllic small town that, in reality, holds plenty of dark, dangerous, and violent secrets. Suburbicon features an all-star cast, led by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Karimah Westbrook, who have all been getting great reviews for their work on the movie. Clooney told us they were a dream to direct, and they made his job as a director really easy. (Click on the media below to hear George Clooney)
One of the things about making movies is that, by the time it’s been written, shot, and edited, you have no idea about the cultural atmosphere it will enter when it’s released. The new movie Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney, is a dark dramedy about a 1959 family living in a town that, although it seems idyllic on the surface, holds plenty of dark, dangerous, and violent secrets. Matt Damon stars in the movie, and he told us that although the film is set in 1959, it deals with some of the very same hot-button issues America is facing in 2017. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Damon)