Looks like Matt Damon is going to have a big serving of humble pie at his Christmas feast this year. The Oscar winner just backpedaled on his harsh words for Bourne writer Tony Gilroy, and now he’s gone and done it again. In an interview with ELLE ironically titled “Matt Damon: Hollywood’s Sexiest Mr. Nice Guy,” Damon reiterated his previous criticism of President Barack Obama.
In 2008, Damon was one of Obama’s most ardent celebrity supporters, even stumping for the future president. But in March, he told Piers Morgan that he was disappointed in the president, leading Obama to fire back at May’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, [scroll to 4:40] “Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so right back atcha, buddy.”
But Damon isn’t backing down from his comments. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” he told ELLE. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.'” That was Damon just getting started. He added later, “You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”
Regarding the ongoing Occupy protests, he widened his net to the entire Democratic party, saying, “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate — people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off. Imagine if they had a leader.” Zing-a-ling, Mr. Damon.
The interview took place while Damon was in Vancouver filming Elysium. Interestingly, he had just returned home to New York from the set when he went off on Gilroy in GQ. Was there something in the British Columbian water that brought out Damon’s mean streak? Did he have a particularly hard time getting out of character after shooting Neil Blomkamp’s sociopolitical thriller? Or does Damon simply hurt the ones he loves?
What do you think, PopWatchers?