Actor Matt Damon reveals why he chose to not to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama, even after he campaigned to put him in office.
”[My wife] Luciana [Barroso] and I decided we wanted to go,” Damon tells the Miami Herald. “But when I called my contacts from the campaign, they just started laughing: ‘We worked on the campaign for two and a half years, and we’re not going. Forget it.'”
“But then they called me back the next day and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got two tickets for you, in the bleachers, and you’ll actually be able to see Obama take the oath. Just $25,000 apiece.'”
It was then that Damon, husband and father of three daughters, said he decided to watch the inauguration from his couch in Miami Beach.
Damon currently has an ‘Untitled Jason Bourne Project’ in the works for a 2010 release.
The Bourne Trilogy has been release on Blu-Ray:
Matt Damon has lashed out at Ian Fleming’s famous British spy, James Bond, currently portrayed by Daniel Craig.
The Bourne Identity actor – who plays CIA agent Jason Bourne in three hit films – said: “He’s repulsive. Bond is an imperialist, misogynist, sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people.
“The movies have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they are doing and they’re going to keep doing it.”
Damon was due to play Eliot Ness – a US agent who is famous for his efforts to enforce prohibition in Chicago during the 20s – in new film Torso, but the movie has fallen victim to the current economic climate.
It was due to be directed by David Fincher – whose latest movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received 13 Oscar nominations – but Paramount Pictures pulled the plug on the project, fearing it could cost more than £120 million to make.
A source said: “Paramount are still keen to make Torso but don’t want it to be an expensive risk so are looking at ways to bring it in for less money. If they can’t make their sums work, other Hollywood studios may well step in.”
Matt Damon gave an interview to his local Miami Herald speaking out against, among other things, Bill Kristol, torture and James Bond. Damon has done his research, having played Jason Bourne in the “Bourne” trilogy and starring in two CIA movies, “The Good Shepherd” and “Syriana.”
On Kristol and torture:
“The small talk — if that’s the right phrase — ranged from which New York Times columnist is the worst (conservative William Kristol, according to Damon: ”He’s an idiot — he wrote that we should be grateful to George Bush because he won the Iraq war. We! Won! The! War!”) to the proper place of torture in American foreign policy.
”Look, the best line about torture I’ve heard came from [retired CIA officer turned war-on-terrorism critic] Milt Beardon,” Damon says. “He said, `If a guy knows where a dirty bomb is hidden that’s going to go off in a Marriott, put me in a room with him and I’ll find out. But don’t codify that. Just let me break the law.’
He also said what he thinks of James Bond:
”They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,” Damon says scornfully. “Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive.”
And he explained why he missed Obama’s inauguration after campaigning on his behalf:
”Luciana and I decided we wanted to go,” he admits. ‘But when I called my contacts from the campaign, they just started laughing: `We worked on the campaign for 2 ½ years, and we’re not going. Forget it.’ But then they called me back the next day and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got two tickets for you, in the bleachers, and you’ll actually be able to see Obama take the oath. Just $25,000 apiece.’ So I’m going to watch. From my couch.”
Not only did Damon campaign and fundraise for Obama, he was one of the most outspoken celebrities against Sarah Palin, calling her “like a really bad Disney movie” and “a really terrifying possibility.”