Matt Damon Talks Eastwooding, Obama, Ben Affleck


Matt Damon's already talked about kissing Michael Douglas while playing Liberace's gay lover and his own low-key life as a married father of three in excerpts from his recent Playboy interview released a few weeks ago.

Now the full interview is online, including Damon's thoughts about pal Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention, voting for President Obama again despite some very public reservations and whether he'd ever reteam with Ben Affleck, among other tidbits.

It's pretty revealing stuff for a guy who's usually reluctant to discuss his personal life.

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When asked about Clint's infamous RNC speech that launched a thousand memes, landed "Eastwooding" in the pop culture lexicon and caused the legendary actor-director a whole lot of flack, Damon demurred out of respect for his elder cinematic collaborator.

"Look, his knowledge of filmmaking is so vast and deep that he can wing it beautifully on the set. What he did at the RNC was an unrehearsed bit he decided to do at the last minute. You can't go onstage and do 12 minutes of stand-up completely unrehearsed," the 42-year-old thesp told the magazine. "But I agree with what Bill Maher said--Clint killed at the convention for 12 minutes, and the audience loved him. I wouldn't do that unless I spent a month rehearsing."

A year ago, Damon famously dissed Obama in a sit-down with Elle when he said he would have liked "a one term president with some balls who actually got stuff done." While he has since acknowledged throwing his support behind the prez's successful reelection bid, he doesn't regret the criticism he threw Obama's way.

"I don't think I said anything a lot of people weren't thinking," he said. "It's easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn't matter."

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That outlook is one of the reasons he's teamed up with John Krasinksi to co-write and star in Promised Land, a story about corporate sales reps who convince economically strapped rural homeowners to sell their natural gas drilling rights to allow the controversial and environmentally damaging practice of fracking on their land.

Initially, Damon was going to make his helming debut on the project, but fearing burnout after acting in back-to-back films, he opted out and brought in longtime friend and collaborator Gus Van Sant.

"We're at a point where politicians don't really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues. Instead, it's all about the next election cycle," he notes.

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When questioned whether he'd ever consider running for office himself, Matt offered an emphatic dismissal.

"No, no, no," he said.

Instead Damon is content with the life he's made for himself. Whether or not that will include working again with fellow Bostonian, BFF, and fellow Oscar winner Affleck, only time will tell, though the two are rumored to be teaming up for a biopic on Bean Town gangster Whitey Bulger.

"We're working on stuff yeah," Damon replied.

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