George Clooney Had To Write Josh Brolin An "Awful Note" To Tell Him He'd Been Edited Out Of Suburbicon

The actor and director explains why...

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If you were excited to watch Josh Brolin's comical turn as a baseball coach in George Clooney's new movie Suburbicon, then we bring you some disappointing news.

Clooney has revealed that Brolin has been edited out of his dark comedy, but not because he wasn't funny - the scenes just did't work.

And to make matters even more awkward, Clooney let him know via an "awful note".

"We shot a couple of scenes with Josh [playing] a baseball coach that are really really funny," Clooney told EW.

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"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.'"

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Although the Deadpool 2 actor "felt bad" at being cut out, Clooney assured him that his scenes were the funniest, and sent them to him to watch for himself.

"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!'" he explained.

Clooney admitted that he too has experienced being edited out of a film, adding: "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!' But, [on Suburbicon], it is one of those where we were just, like, 'There was no option.'

"He was so great in the film. I never like talking about those kind of things because it can be really unfair to an actor, except to say he was just absolutely great in the movie."

Suburbicon - written by Joel and Ethan Coen - is a satirical take on suburbia in 1950s America, and features Matt Damon as a typical suburban dad taking on mobsters and hit men after his wife is murdered.

Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore and Glenn Fleshler also star in the comedy.