Matt Damon says his new film “Suburbicon” is the “definition of white privilege”

September 3, 2017

In a sound bite that’s both a little surprising and super topical, Matt Damon described Suburbicon as “the definition of white privilege.” Luckily, in this case, it was intentional! Suburbicon is a mash-up of an old Coen Brothers script and new ideas inspired by true events in Pennsylvania as re-invisioned by George Clooney. Clooney says the screenplay sort of came to be during this past election — so it might be the definition of white privilege, but that’s only because that’s what Clooney and Damon were looking to discuss with their film.

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In a sound bite that’s both a little surprising and super topical, Matt Damon described Suburbicon as “the definition of white privilege.” Luckily, in this case, it was intentional! Suburbicon is a mash-up of an old Coen Brothers script and new ideas inspired by true events in Pennsylvania as re-invisioned by George Clooney. Clooney says the screenplay sort of came to be during this past election — so it might be the definition of white privilege, but that’s only because that’s what Clooney and Damon were looking to discuss with their film.

The Hollywood Reporter shared a solid plot summary of the film.

“Matt Damon plays a workingman whose life drastically changes after a home invasion goes terribly wrong. The once-quiet neighborhood is never the same, and everyone blames the African American family who just moved in, for the wave of violence. A fence is built around their home, and white neighbors begin to riot daily outside their property.”

It’s a massive undertaking — um, editing and re-writing a Coen Brothers script? Holy big shoes to fill, Batman — and definitely challenging for a film mostly headed by white men to take a critical stance on white privilege in U.S. society. But we super appreciate Clooney and Damon for diving in and taking it on! Damon explained what the intent of the film was at its inception:

“It’s kind of the definition of white privilege when you’re riding around your neighborhood on a bicycle covered in blood murdering people and the African American family is getting blamed for it,” said Damon. “We couldn’t have predicted obviously when we were filming these race riots, that we would have something like Charlottesville. It does speak to the fact that these issues have not and are not going away until there’s an honest reckoning in our country.”

Suburbicon is definitely starting a discussion — and we plan to check out the film when it’s released next month to see what it’s all about.

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