Josh Brolin Cut From Clooney’s “Suburbicon”

We’ve already heard from director George Clooney that his upcoming 1950s set Coen brothers-penned crime drama “Suburbicon” is a dark and intense tale, and not a Coens-esque black comedy as the first trailer seemed to market it as.

In fact, Clooney has revealed to EW that he had to cut actor Josh Brolin’s supporting role from the film because he was bringing too much comedy into it – thus deflating the tension of this otherwise serious thriller:

“We shot a couple of scenes with Josh [playing] a baseball coach that are really really funny. 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.’ 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.’

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. I 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!'”

Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac are still very much in the film about a husband and father (Damon) whose wife is killed in a home invasion. The boy’s aunt (Moore) comes to live with them, and they seek revenge on the petty thugs responsible.

“Suburbicon” opens on October 27th.