No Mr. Nice Guy! First Matt Damon trashed the screenwriter of the ‘Bourne’ series, now he’s bashing the president. Back in ’08, Damon was one of Barack Obama’s most passionate celebrity supporters, but today the actor is saying he’d have preferred “a one-term president with some balls.” Ouch. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,’” Damon told Elle.
“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,” Damon said. “People are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off,” he said in reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement. “Imagine if they had a leader.”
Don’t count on that leader to be Damon though, no matter how many people think he’s top-notch presidential material. He’s also fairly humble about his movie star status: “I’m not Brad Pitt or George Clooney,” he told Elle. “Those guys walk into a room and the room changes. I think there’s something more… not average, but everyman about me.” He says people always tell him, “My brother looks just like you.”
As far as his nice guy reputation, Scarlett Johansson, his costar in ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ calls him “a sweetheart, loved by everybody.” His two-time ‘Bourne’ director Paul Greengrass told Elle, “The truth is, all those stories about him being the nicest guy? That’s all true.”
Damon’s polite persona did slip in his recent GQ interview in which he criticized Tony Gilroy’s scripts; He later apologized for his “douchey” remarks. At least he went easy on ‘Zoo’ hater David Denby.
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