Matt Damon said his 15-year-old daughter helps keep his “feet firmly on the ground” by keeping his ego in check. In fact, she won’t watch Good Will Hunting for that very reason. It might be good.
He told CBS: Sunday Morning that while “fewer and fewer” people connect him with that movie. But he still gets it occasionally. He said younger people don’t have the connection to it like the previous generation, which helped propel it to an Oscar win for Damon and Ben Affleck.
The movie made Damon a household name. But when you live in the same house as him, that doesn’t carry as much weight.
“You know, younger people don’t know it as much,” Damon said. “You know, my 15-year-old refuses to see it. She doesn’t want to see any movies that I’m in that she thinks might be good.”
He joked that she just likes to give him “s**t” about his bad movies. For instance, she really enjoyed reminding him of his 2016 critically maligned film The Great Wall.
“My daughter said, ‘Yeah, remember that movie you did, The Wall?’ I said, ‘It was called The Great Wall.’ She goes, ‘Dad there’s nothing great about that movie,'” he laughed. “She keeps my feet firmly on the ground.”
He said he and his wife, wife Luciana Barroso, are trying to do the same for their children. They have three daughters, and his wife has an adult daughter from a previous marriage. Damon said that he worries about them growing up with such privilege because of his success.
“When I got to Harvard, I met a lot of kids who are very wealthy… and some of them were in a lot of pain there. Their parents weren’t there for them, you know, like, at all. And I remember thinking ‘Oh, I get it,’ — like, that money doesn’t solve anything.”
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If the audience reaction at Cannes is any indication, Isabella isn’t going to see her dad in his next movie either. Damon plays an oil rig worker who goes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been wrongfully charged with a murder she didn’t commit.
The film received a standing ovation from the Cannes crowd, moving Damon to tears.
That all may sound somewhat familiar as it’s a fictionalized version of the Amanda Knox story. Knox was living in Italy when she was wrongfully convicted of killing her roommate, Biography.com said. She spent nearly four years in an Italian prison until the case fell apart because of shoddy police work and an overzealous court. People have made several documentaries and written several books about her story.
Damon said to get ready for the role, he spent time in Oklahoma with actual oil rig workers. Damon said it was a life-changing experience.
“Being invited into their homes, into a backyard barbecue, a guitar comes out and they start singing church songs. It’s a very specific place.. and very different to where I grew up,” Damon said at the premiere, Reuters reported. “It was really eye-opening for me.”