Damon: No spanking in real life


Matt Damon took special care to make sure he didn't hurt young co-starHailee Steinfeld

Matt Damon has said that, unlike his latest movie character, he doesn’t spank his kids.

In a scene in True Grit, the US actor – as his Texas ranger alter-ego – takes his 14-year-old co-star Hailee Steinfeld over the knee and gives her a beating with a wooden reed.

With his own four young daughters, Matt told People.com: “I definitely don’t spank them.”

The Invictus star, who attended the screening with wife Luciana, took measures to ensure that Hailee wouldn’t get hurt during the scene.

“It’s a scene in the movie that needs to be there for a whole host of reasons,” he said.

“And so, they just put a big pad on Hailee. And we practised. And I said, ‘Hailee, does that hurt?’ And she said, ‘I can’t even feel it’.”

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