Star Matt Damon sounded off on President Donald Trump and the state of bigotry in America in an extensive interview today, discussing that he found the president’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this month “definitely abhorrent” and that he ignored the extent of the racist attitudes in the country at large.In an extensive interview with the Hollywood Press reporter, the 46-year-old star said his approaching film Suburbicon— a 1950s-set thriller about a married man in the suburban areas driven to the edge by his town’s “underbelly” of violence and deceit– has handled new significance following the events in Charlottesville, where one female was eliminated and more than a dozen injured when white nationalist protesters took on with so-called “Antifa” counter-protesters.
“We made the film in 2015 and it’s extraordinary to see exactly what’s happened in Charlottesville. It’s awful,” Damon told THR. “A great deal of people, myself included, are truly waking up to the extent of the existing bigotry, and it’s so much even worse than I naively believed. I simply feel naïve at this point.”
Star Matt Damon and his better half Luciana Barroso pose for professional photographers at the premiere of the movie ‘Downsizing’ which opens the 74th edition of the Venice Movie Festival in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Damon included that he was surprised to see video of the white nationalist protesters hoisting Tiki torches and yelling anti-Semitic slogans during the Charlottesville demonstrations, explaining that he believed the next generation of Americans would be more inclusive and open.
“Then the night that the President [made his] ‘many sides’ comment was definitely abhorrent,” he stated. “Unfortunately, I feel the motion picture was made at the correct time.”
Damon– who has actually long been a critic of Trump– also told THR that he is “really worried with the state of things” in the nation, and with the “damage that’s being done to our organizations.”
“Robert Mueller is kind of representing these organizations at this moment, and simply by some technique of history he’s the one who’s essentially safeguarding them against these attacks, so ideally his investigation is going efficiently,” Damon informed the outlet. “He cannot wrap things up quickly enough, as far as I’m concerned.”
US star Matt Damon and his better half Luciana Damon get here for the opening ceremony of the 74th Venice Movie Festival and the best of the movie “Downsizing”, on August 30, 2017 at Venice Lido./ AFP PICTURE/ Filippo MONTEFORTE
Still, Damon confessed to THR that his work as an actor, and his home in California, have actually “separated” him from much of the nation.
“I’m type of walled off, like a great deal of actors,” he said. “But in California, New York, the Northeast, it feels you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals, and then there are other parts of the country where you ‘d be hard-pressed to find individuals who think what you believe.”
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told Individuals magazine in February.Elsewhere in his THR interview, Damon describes exactly what it was like to meet pal George Clooney for the very first time, and exactly what Coen Brothers fans can get out of Suburbicon. Read the complete interview here.