Matt Damon blasts 'charlatan' psychics
Monday 24 January 2011
Matt Damon thinks that psychics are "charlatans".
The 40-year-old actor - who plays a psychic who can see dead people in his latest film 'Hereafter' didn't even visit any real-life mystics to research his part for fear of falling down a "rabbit hole" of pretence.
He said: "Had I found a good one I would have. What I was worried about was that it was just going to take me down this rabbit hole of charlatans. I think a large part of that space is occupied by pretenders, which is not to say there aren't people out there who are genuinely touched in some way. I just didn't get a chance to meet any of them."
However, Matt is open-minded to the idea of near-death experiences - after actor Martin Sheen told him about his own almost-fatal heart attack when he was working on the set of 'Apocalypse Now'.
He continued: "But I did speak to Martin Sheen, who had a near-death experience on 'Apocalypse Now' when he had a heart attack. He told me his incredible story one day when we were working on 'The Departed' together.
"It's a very well catalogued experience that a lot of people have had. One person I read was legally dead for 28 minutes, which I think is the record."
Matt also admitted his discussions have made him less afraid of death.
He said: "It's interesting. I assume most people are afraid of death, but the people who have had these experiences aren't. That seems to be one of the things they have in common - that they don't have any fear of it any more."
- 4 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 5 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Mysterious 'X-Files' sounds heard miles above the Earth
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party is the right choice for you
General election: Conservatives mocked online over Boris Johnson's claim of SNP 'jockalypse'
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General Election 2015: Sturgeon claims Scots 'appalled' by Ed Miliband's refusal to work with SNP
£36000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: HR Manager Shared Services - Uxbridge, Stock...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join one of...
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...