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'The Descendants': George Clooney on why he took the role of Matt

November 2, 2011 | 11:23 am

The Descendants

When George Clooney read the script for "The Descendants," he was struck by the kind of vulnerability exhibited by Matt King, the father of two girls who suddenly has to learn how to become a parent when his wife suffers a traumatic brain injury. "He loses to everybody," Clooney said of the part.

In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, the Oscar-winning star of "Syriana" discusses why he was drawn to the movie, and the kind of challenges playing Matt presented.


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Photo: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight