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Hollywood A-List Actor Matt Damon Says That His Role In Stillwater Was Eye-Opening, Challenging His Pre-Conceived Notion Of MAGA Country

Matt Damon revealed that his research for Stillwater was an eye-opening experience that challenged his pre-conceived notions of MAGA country.

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood A-lister Matt Damon made some rather interesting comments, revealing that working on his role for Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater has challenged his pre-conceived notion of MAGA country.

Source: Stillwater(2021) – DreamWorks Pictures

In Tom McCarthy’s new crime drama film, Damon plays the character of Bill Baker, who is an oil rig worker in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In order to research for the role, the Academy-winning actor revealed that he spend time with Texan and Oklahoman “roughnecks,” and that this was an eye-opening experience. 

“Culturally, [it’s] a very specific place and very different from how he [Tom McCarthy] and I grew up. So it was really fascinating,” Damon explained in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, via Breitbart, this Friday.

The actor continued, “These people were wonderful to us and really helped us. I didn’t know when I first read the script how specific this culture was in Texas and Oklahoma, these roughnecks and what they do. And so it was really eye-opening for me.”

Source: Stillwater(2021) – DreamWorks Pictures

One of the interviewers asks Damon about President Donald Trump and what his character’s stance would’ve been in last year’s presidential election.

While the actor doesn’t confirm whether his character would’ve voted for Trump, he believes that this would’ve been the case.

“Oklahoma was, I think, the Reddest state in the last two elections, and you talk to those rough-necks and they’re always going to vote, I mean, they’re in the oil business. Their livelihood depends on that. So I don’t think it even is a question at all,” Damon explained.

He continued, “We didn’t want to make it expressly political. He is who is and he is from where he is from and the movie has a lot of empathy for him, and so do we.”

Source: Stillwater(2021) – DreamWorks Pictures

Damon also adds that the reason why his character didn’t vote in the movie was because of the simple fact that he was in prison, whilst also taking the time to express his respect for oil rig workers and how unapologetic they are in regards to their political beliefs.

“These guys don’t apologise for who they are, or what they believe. Ever. ‘Do you own a gun?’, ‘Yeah, I’ve got two.’ You know what I mean? The time Tom and I spent in Oklahoma was absolutely critical to building this character…but we got so much guidance from these guys,” the actor added.

Damon also went on to reminisce that these guys “invited [me’] into their homes, [and] a backyard barbecue, and a guitar comes out and somebody starts singing church songs,” and also that they taught him how to properly dress for the role.

“They all have goatees, the hat, the glasses. They’re strong guys because that’s what they do. They’re not six-pack ab guys, but they’re strong,” the Academy-winning actor added.

Source: Stillwater(2021) – DreamWorks Pictures

Matt Damon doesn’t often share his thoughts on politics, but this isn’t to say that he hasn’t delved into the topic.

“I wish him well and we all must. A successful American president is good for all of us and we really have to be rooting for him right now,” said the actor in an interview with CNBC in 2017, when asked about his opinion on then-President Donald Trump.

Later in 2019, the actor doubled down on his original statement about President Trump, stating, “What I said then, and what I still feel, is I root very strongly for the president of our country,” adding that “we need him to do well’’ because “that’s good for everybody.’’

However, Damon did mention that he was a Joe Biden supporter, and that he was also thrilled to have Kamala Harris in California, going as far as saying that he would like Harris to be president at some point.

Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“There’s going to be a huge Democratic field. I love Joe Biden and especially now, particularly with our institutions under such attack,” told the actor to CNBC’s Tania Bryer.

He continued, “I think it would be a great signal to the world if we put somebody who was established and very stable and very wise back in charge.”

“In California, we have Kamala Harris, who I think is absolutely brilliant and I would love to someday see her be the president of the United States and if that happened in 2020 — I’d be very happy with that too,” the actor added.

If Damon believes spending time with oil rig workers from Oklahoma was such an eye-opening experience — which he seemingly deems as a positive one — one can only wonder the kind of experience the renowned actor has had witnessing the first five months of the Joe Biden presidency.

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