Ellen DeGeneres has officially become the Captain Save-A-Ho of the S.S. Damage Control, because it seems like famous types are always “clarifying” crap on her show. Matt Damon was scheduled to be on her show yesterday to push that Martian movie and while he was there, Ellen gave him a chance to fix the latest shit storm his mouth hole created. It doesn’t seem liked it helped.
While talking to The Guardian, Matt said that when Good Will Hunting came out, many people thought that he and Ben Affleck were bumping nipples because they wrote the screenplay together. That little tidbit led to Matt talking about the ~mystique~ of actors. Matt thinks that actors are better actors if they keep their private shit private including their sexuality. Matt brought up Rupert Everett’s career as an example. Matt’s comments got a squinty “Say what, trick?” from me, because he talked about his wife and kids in that same interview and I’m pretty sure his wife and kids fall under the category of “private life shit.” But on Ellen yesterday, Matt said that his words were twisted, covered in OUTRAGE sauce and the blogs ran it as “Matt Damon Tells Gays To Keep Their Gay Asses In The Closet!”
I was talking about actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives. And was talking about it in the context of when Ben and I first started and people wrote all these articles, when Good Will Hunting came out, that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote the script. And feeling like, oh, well we can’t even like… then you have to address it and then it’s like well I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus, who are gay, and act like it’s some kind of a disease. How do you even address it?
But in this day and age I said this thing to The Guardian and it got turned into – and I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right? And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean, it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe. You know what I mean? And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. In the blogosphere there’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it. Ya know what I mean? You’re just trying to click on your thing. So, uh….
That explanation is pretty close to the explanation he gave when he got a giant load of flaming shit balls thrown at him for his comments about the diversity problem in Hollywood.
Some reacted to the hate Matt got for what he said in The Guardian by screaming, “Stick your pitchforks up your overreacting assholes, you always-offended whores! Matt was just saying that actors shouldn’t talk about their private crap and shouldn’t have to answer questions about it!” While others screamed, “Matt Damon is a straight white rich privileged potato ass fuck head who needs to eat a bowl of STFU.” Because people can’t even agree on what he meant, I’m just going to say that Matt Damon isn’t really good at translating the thoughts in his brain into words that come out of his mouth. So maybe when does interviews, he should stick to talking about stuff he really, really, really knows well…like ponytails. He’s good at talking about ponytails.