Matt Damon reveals why he's cool with Team America

'I was always kind of bewildered by Team America'

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 21 July 2016 08:51 BST
Matt Damon, saving the world, one movie at a time
Matt Damon, saving the world, one movie at a time

Matt Damon. Think about that name for a second. Matt Damon. If you’ve seen Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police, chances are you’ve read that name, not in your own voice, but in MAAAAAAT DAAAAMON’s.

Asked in 2014 whether he enjoyed the film in a Reddit AMA, Damon described it as both “brilliant” and confusing, stating that he “never understood it”.

Thankfully, the Jason Bourne actor returned to the website to clear some things up about his feelings towards the cameo, describing how he’s always been “bewildered” by the movie but believes its creators are “geniuses”.

The actor also explained his main reason for being cool with the whole thing: because it put him on record as being against the Iraq War.

Damon's AMA responce

“I was always kind of bewildered by Team America, I think because it’s hard for us to understand what our images are in public, I think we’re not good judges of that, and when I saw myself on screen just only able to say my own name and not really that well, I kind of wondered “Wow, is that how people perceive me?” At that point I just kind of was like, I’m a screenwriter and an actor, and like really? I can barely say my own name? So I was always bewildered by that, and I never talked to Trey and Matt about that. And Incidentally, I believe those two are geniuses, and I don’t use that word lightly. I think they are absolute geniuses, and what they’ve done is awesome and I’m a big fan of theirs, but I never quite understood that one. But I will say this. Those of us who were parodied in that video were parodied because we were against the Iraq war, and we went on the record against that war, and so history is on my side not theirs.”

Stone and Parker, also famous for being the team behind South Park and West End production Book of Mormon, previously said they made Damon that way in the film because, when they saw the puppet, it “looked kind of mentally deficient,” and therefore decided to decrease Damon’s IQ a serious amount.

Recently, the actor revealed that in the upcoming Bourne film, he only has 25 lines of dialogue, rivalling Mad Max for titular character who says almost nothing.

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