Sunday, October 4, 2015

Matt Damon Making More Sense than Liberals

Matt Damon in The Martian
During his interview with The Guardian, Matt Damon managed to say a lot of encouraging stuff about the lives of many actors who are not into this whole gay-thing-same-sex-agenda that is forcing everyone in Hollywood to swallow their crap.

Unlike many actors, he answers Elizabeth Day's questions with a reflective openness. There is a feeling that nothing is out of bounds. He is politically engaged – a Democrat, but also a critic of Barack Obama (he has spoken out about Obama’s education policies and questioned the legality of drone strikes) and says he’s deeply worried about the chasm between rich and poor in America in the aftermath of the economic crisis.

“That anger did not go away because none of these guys [the bankers] got prosecuted and they all have our money, and these houses in the Hamptons they live in – that they claim to have earned – are paid for with our money. I mean, that’s what happened! And so, I don’t know what the consequences for that kind of thing are.”

On the introduction of same-sex marriage in California in 2008, he had this to say:

"I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play."
He speaks to the fact that certain parts of a person are okay to remain "unknown." It can heighten the intrigue and sometimes the elusive nature adds to the mystique of the actor. So many times when an actor is gay, people will say that they are ____ (fill in the blank with whatever characteristic you want) which is then attributed to their sexuality. All people are more than their defined sexuality- which is more appropriately a broad range and not a clearly defined concept.

On Hollywood's gravitating need to know if an actor is gay or not, Damon referred to Rupert Everett's recent career.

"I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy — more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor — it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out."
Damon just proved one cold hard fact about living in Hollywood. He is saying that Everett is one of the most handsome actors who has been classically trained (these are attributes which he is praising), yet, he has not garnered the attention or the success as other actors have. In his statement, it sounds like he is saying it's a shame that this man hasn't achieved what others have because he is more qualified and attractive. His open sexuality has been a roadblock.

In 2007, Forbes magazine named Damon as Hollywood’s most bankable actor, averaging US$ 29 in takings for every dollar he earned in a movie. From "Good Will Hunting" (which Damon co-wrote with Ben Affleck, winning the 1997 Oscar for best screenplay) and "Saving Private Ryan" to the big-budget Bourne movie franchise or the dystopian sci-fi fantasy "Elysium," he has a capacity to hint at a character’s inner complexity without ever veering into pretension. According to Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, Damon’s power lies in his ability “to recede into a film while also being fully present”.

His latest project is no exception. In "The Martian," directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig, Damon plays Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured in a fierce storm and presumed dead by his crew.

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