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'Descendants' clip: George Clooney learns the hard truth [video]

November 16, 2011 |  7:36 am

In "The Descendants," George Clooney's new film from director Alexander Payne, the actor plays Matt King, a father grappling with two unruly daughters and the sudden knowledge that his comatose wife had been cheating on him.

Although the movie is set in Hawaii, it doesn't depict the exotic island in its usual vacation-brochure glory; Clooney also plays things a little downscale. Matt's a middle-age man who's battling his way through ordinary life when he learns that his wife, who suffers a traumatic brain injury in a waterskiing accident at the film's outset, had been unfaithful. "This is a character who loses almost every argument," Clooney told The Times on the set of the film. 

In the clip below — which contains some PG-13-rated language — Matt's wayward daughter Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) breaks the news of her mother's unfaithfulness to her dad.

"The Descendants" opens in theaters Wednesday.


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Photo: George Clooney in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight.

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