Why Matt Damon Will Never Be A Politician
Matt Damon's political leanings are no secret. He's publically denounced members of the republican party, as well as the war in Iraq, and voiced Inside Job - a revealing documentary about the financial crisis, in which many top bankers were implicated.
Because of this, and the messages put forth in his films, Damon has always been mooted to become a bona fide political figure. However, talking ahead of the Friday release of his new film, Promised Land - which deals with the issue of fracking - Damon promised he wouldn't go down that road. "No, for a number of reasons. I love my job too much and don't want to do anything else. I love making movies. And also, I look at that world and I don't think I'm cut out for it. I don't think I'd enjoy it," he says. "I talked to a political consultant when I was doing The Adjustment Bureau. He was getting out of the business. He said that when he started out, you'd work for someone you believed in and you'd craft these messages. It was all about the nuance. And then we figured out somewhere along the line that you throw (expletive) at the other candidate and it doesn't matter if it's true," says Damon.
It's not as though Damon couldn't cut it; he's well versed in the language of contemporary politics and has a firm grip on its history, too. "I'm reading about Bobby Kennedy a lot right now. He was running a campaign from his heart. That doesn't happen anymore. These guys are so over-coached. I've done media training before. I just ignore it. You sound like a politician. When I see a politician, I don't believe it anymore," he explained.