Lucky, lucky Judy Greer. Getting to spend time in Hawaii with Matthew, George Clooney and Alexander Payne? What a blast she must have had!
In Entertainment Weekly, Judy talks a little about her role in The Descendants, surprising us that she is not in fact George Clooney’s character’s wife but Matthew’s.
Speaking of a change of pace, Judy’s also excited about her small role in Alexander Payne’s adaptation of the Kaui Hart Hemmings novel The Descendants starring George Clooney. After seeing Citizen Ruth in college, working with Payne became one of her life goals.
Clooney plays a descendant of Hawaiian royalty wrestling with the decision of whether to keep his inherited land or sell it to a real estate developer. He finds out that his wife, who’s in a coma after a boating accident, has been having an affair. He goes to tell the man (Matthew Lillard) that she’s dying, so he has a chance to say goodbye, and he meets Greer’s character, the man’s wife. ”That’s how I find out my husband is having an affair. I haven’t seen this movie either, but there’s a really beautiful scene in the hospital room with George and I,” she says.
That sounds like a major departure from the funny, sharp-tongued Greer we’re used to seeing. “I think so. I certainly played it that way. But at one point, I think Alexander said, ‘Oh, that hospital scene is so funny,’ and I was like, ‘Really? I have been crying for days,’” she says, laughing. “The stories he tells, I trust him totally. I did exactly what he asked me to do… Maybe he was talking about a different hospital scene. I’m like, wait, I was there. We were in Honolulu, right? That was you, and me, and George Clooney, and barbecue.” (Barbecue? “Hawaiian barbecue for lunch. It’s awesome.”)
Let’s hope that Matthew and Judy make the most of their screentime, I know they will certainly be memorable!