Matt Damon Only Spanks Kids in the Movies

Matt and Luciana Damon

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updated 12/15/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 12/16/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET

Matt Damon isn’t the spanking kind of man, even though he plays one in the movies.

In a key scene in the new Coen Brothers Western True Grit, Damon, playing a boastful Texas Ranger, takes his costar Hailee Steinfeld – who turned 14 last week – over his knee and wallops her with a wooden reed. But that’s a long way from Damon’s real life with his four young daughters.

“I definitely don’t spank ‘em,” the star, 40, told PEOPLE at the movie’s New York premiere on Tuesday.

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