Matt Damon took time out as a full-time father to help rally support for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama as America fast approaches its decision day at the ballot box next month (Nov08).
The Bourne Identity star has put his movie career on hold until the end of the year (08) so he can enjoy time with his family - especially new arrival Gia, who was born in August (08).
But the star is determined to see Obama made the next U.S. president, and dedicated his spare time at the weekend (25/26Oct08) to participate in a Florida campaign - titled Florida VoteFest '08 - to urge his fellow U.S. citizens to vote early.
The star tells People.com, "I took time off from acting until the end of the year to be with my family and enjoy our new daughter.
"But it is very important for me to do what I can to help the Obama campaign so people will go out and vote. We need change in this country and now is the time to be sure that happens."
And the star was shocked by his recent trip to a food bank in San Francisco, California - because the attendees who go to feed their family were tax-paying workers rather than homeless people.
He adds, "I learned that only 10 per cent of the people at the food bank were actually homeless. And 90 per cent were people who work and play by the rules yet can't afford to feed their kids. We have to change that."
Damon will be joined by actresses Alicia Silverstone and Kerry Washington visiting kids across Florida to explain how important it is for their parents to vote in the upcoming election.