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Matt Damon on U.S. politics: ‘We’re genuinely f*cked’ on long-term issues

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hollywood star Matt Damon recently told Playboy he has little hope that Washington can address long-term environmental issues like using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas.

“We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues,” he told the pornographic magazine, according to Politico. “Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office.

“So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested. There’s a consensus among scientists, though, that we face serious long-term issues. They’re saying that unless we engage with those issues, we’re genuinely fucked. The way it looks, we’re going to wait until one of those big issues smacks us.”

Damon is the star of the new movie Promised Land, which dramatizes the environmental controversy surrounding fracking. The process of pumping water and other materials underground at high pressure extracts natural gas, a profitable and environmentally-friendly alternative to coal, but there are concerns the mining technique can contaminate groundwater and produce fatal explosions. Fracking has even been blamed for earthquakes.

“They’re debating about letting it happen in New York now,” Damon explained to Playboy. “To us, the movie was really about American identity. We loved the characters because they felt like real people making the kinds of compromises you have to just to live your life.”

by Ben Affleckreply 3312/29/2012

We deserve whatever we get.

by Ben Affleckreply 112/28/2012

We need to amend the Constitution and make congressional terms 4 years long.

by Ben Affleckreply 212/28/2012

Damon is such a little hypocrite. Several years ago, he was outed for never voting in elections. Yet he always acts angry about our political system all the time. I'm over him.

by Ben Affleckreply 312/28/2012

Didn't Damon vote for Obama in 2008, R3?

by Ben Affleckreply 412/28/2012

Did he have a nude spread in Playboy?

by Ben Affleckreply 512/28/2012

He is right.

by Ben Affleckreply 612/28/2012

Do you think Hefner tapped that ass?

by Ben Affleckreply 712/28/2012

When I am rich I will buy some big ass property in the Andes mountains of South America and form a gay friendly (duh!) self sustainable (gated, surrounded by big walls, or only able to be entered and located through a hidden passage) community. But I am still unsure if it will be a completley off the grid kind of thing where we have no access to the outside world or if we still have internet and TV access. Maybe an intranet would be a nice compromise.

by Ben Affleckreply 812/28/2012

I think someone who is very politically aware could easily become so disgusted with politicians and the political system that voting would seem pointless. In that sense I don't think not voting makes him a hypocrite, it's really perfectly in line with his statements.

As for fracking; natural gas is better than coal yes, but there are much cleaner sources of energy.

by Ben Affleckreply 912/28/2012

Why would Hefner want to tap that ass? That ancient man is apparently only into women, bimbo types.

by Ben Affleckreply 1012/28/2012

Damon's body is not what it was back in the 1990's.

by Ben Affleckreply 1112/28/2012

In what ways, R11?

by Ben Affleckreply 1212/28/2012

Well isn't he kind of fat and pudgy, R12?

by Ben Affleckreply 1312/28/2012

He has gained weight for some recent roles (The Informant) but has gotten muscular for others (Elysium, Invictus). Usually, he stays somewhere in between (Hereafter, We Bought a Zoo). He's older now, so he doesn't have the Bourne body any longer.

by Ben Affleckreply 1412/28/2012

Damon is an idiot.

by Ben Affleckreply 1512/28/2012

he'd be happier if his wife could give him a boy

by Ben Affleckreply 1612/28/2012

R9 is a typical fan boi who makes excuses for boys he finds dreamy.

by Ben Affleckreply 1712/28/2012

Damon needs to shut his mouth. He's really getting boring.

by Ben Affleckreply 1812/28/2012

R18 = imbecile.

by Ben Affleckreply 1912/28/2012

I'm actually a big ol' lesbian, R17.

by Ben Affleckreply 2012/28/2012

Did he vote for Obama this year?

by Ben Affleckreply 2112/28/2012

Supposedly he did, r21.

by Ben Affleckreply 2212/28/2012

Regardless of whether he voted this year or in 2008, he's correct. We *are* totally fucked because Republicunt pols who are OWNED by Big Oil will never let substantive change occur in the energy industry. They're quite happy with the status quo, even if that status quo will ultimate lead to massive climate change and rising seas that will swamp many parts of coastal America (and the rest of the world).

by Ben Affleckreply 2312/28/2012

[quote]it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office.

Ain't that the fucking truth.

by Ben Affleckreply 2412/28/2012

We need to amend the Constitution to ensure publicly-funded elections. No more spending 80% of a term campaigning and fund-raising, candidates should all be on an even playing field with nothing but their record to stand on.

by Ben Affleckreply 2512/28/2012

[quote]he told the pornographic magazine

Since when is Playboy a pornographic magazine?

by Ben Affleckreply 2612/29/2012

R23, Big Oil's bed is big enough for everybody. How many Democrats campaign against fracking? Why was Obama's main disagreement with Romney over how much public land should be ceded for the practice? Why has he made no move to close the Haliburton loophole exempting fracking from the Clean Air and Water Acts? In fact, there's been no federal regulation at all.

by Ben Affleckreply 2712/29/2012

I don't care one way or another about Matt Damon, but everything he said is 100% correct.

by Ben Affleckreply 2812/29/2012

He's completely correct

by Ben Affleckreply 2912/29/2012

[quote]We need to amend the Constitution to ensure publicly-funded elections.

You can't amend the Constitution without 2/3rds of Congress agreeing. And 2/3rds of Congress will never agree to cut off the teat that feed them (or, rather, their coffers). You need to quit hoping for far-off wild dreams that will never actually transpire, and focus on a REAL potential solution to this dilemma.

by Ben Affleckreply 3012/29/2012

This is just Matt Damon's prep work for when he announces he's running for some political office. I don't know if Damon voted for Obama but he spent a hell of a time criticizing him and trying to sabotage his reelection. Obama tried to zing him at the correspondence dinner.

"Referring to one of Damon's less successful projects, Obama joked: "Just the other day, Matt Damon -- I love Matt Damon, love the guy -- Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw "The Adjustment Bureau," so ... right back atcha, buddy."

by Ben Affleckreply 3112/29/2012

[quote] I don't know if Damon voted for Obama but he spent a hell of a time criticizing him and trying to sabotage his reelection.

That's all I remember. Really dumb guy who thinks Obama should use dictatorial powers to bring about the one issue he was whining about ... banning tests from schools or something of the sort.

by Ben Affleckreply 3212/29/2012

I'm so sick of these boring talking head actors who think that just because they've made a few movies that they know everything about everything. They know fuck-all! I don't care if they are liberal or conservative, they just need to shut their pie-holes.

by Ben Affleckreply 3312/29/2012
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