Before everyone starts yelling at me about how much they love Matt Damon, I just want to be clear in saying that ever since Good Will Hunting, I too have not been able to get enough Damon in my life. However, he has come out lately with some very stupid remarks regarding the relationship between Americans and Africa. Apparantly, the entire country’s (America’s) woes would be solved if everyone started travelling more. Yep, it’s as stupid as it sounds. And then he goes on to say that he wants to prove that he’s not stupid!! From US,
“I think many of our problems as a country would be solved if people had thick passports,” the actor, 37, tells Conde Nast Traveler in its September issue.
“There’s just no substitute for actually going and seeing things,” he says.
Damon, who says only 21 percent of Americans have passports, says that fame has made him want to do good.
“You start to feel a level of responsibility to direct attention to things that actually matter more than to silly things like who you’re dating,” he explains.
“For a lot of actors, our biggest fear is that we’re going to start talking about things we don’t fully understand and sound like idiots,” he says. “In the long run, I’ll do much more good if, when I open my mouth, I have something worth saying.”
So I guess all those people that don’t have the money to have “thick passports” should just be banished from the country because they’re obviously not contributing anything at all! I thought that Matt had come from a home that wasn’t exactly wealthy and that he would understand that not everyone has a celebrity salary and can’t just hop on their private jet and fly halfway around the world. I also suppose that when the average American is taking a vacation from their nose-to-the-grindstone job every day, we might not want to go haul water. We might want to sit near a beach and soak up some rays. I guess the non-contributors don’t deserve that either though. Matt, you were on the right track when you thought about keeping your mouth shut, you just didn’t follow through. I’d stick to being hot if I were you.