Left-wing Hollywood actor Matt Damon recently admitted to an “eye-opening” experience after spending time with Trump supporters, according to an article from Western Journal.
Damon reportedly played a Trump supporter in his latest film, “Stillwater.”
This role involved playing an oil rig worker whose daughter gets caught up in a European murder case.
During a news conference for “Stillwater” in France, Damon explained that he spent an “absolutely critical” amount of time with Trump supporters.
“Damon, a professional actor, needed to live with Trump supporters to get the role down,” C. Douglas Golden of Western Journal writes.
Damon said Trump supporters “don’t apologize for who they are,” but they were still “wonderful to us.”
He continued, “Being invited into their homes, into a backyard barbecue, a guitar comes out and they start singing church songs.”
“It’s a very specific place. And very different to where I grew up,” Damon said.
“It was really eye-opening for me,” Damon added.
While explaining his character in the film, Damon said “of course, he voted for Trump.”
“These people were wonderful to us, they really helped us.”
“They all have goatees, the sunglasses,” Damon said.
“They’re not six-pack ab guys, but they’re strong. You go to their barbecues and a guitar comes out and they start singing church songs.”
Western Journal commented on the news conference:
This, in other words, is an obscenely rich thespian who’s one of the most influential entertainers on planet Earth and he comes across as a guy who just discovered a cohort of his fellow countrymen, 74 million of whom voted for the incumbent president during the 2020 election, actually exist.
Not only that, he treats them as if neon green hominids with goatees and Oakley shades were living in his backyard for 20 years and crawled up on his porch one day to have a beer, strum a guitar and sing “How Great is Our God.”
Damon’s character is an oil-rig worker who has to travel to Marseille, France, where his estranged daughter is locked up for killing her roommate.
“One of the biggest laughs at the movie’s Thursday night premiere came when Damon’s character is asked by a French woman if he voted for Donald Trump. He did not, he responds, but only because a prior felony kept him from voting at all,” Variety reported.
Variety’s description of Damon’s preparation seems to indicate the immersion was wholly unnecessary. The Hollywood trade magazine said he “came to appreciate the smallest details — from wearing a specific kind of blue jeans treated with fire retardant, which ‘changes the way these guys walk'”…
The “church songs” really had an impression on Damon. This is a 50-year-old man — one of the most influential and respected members of our celebrity caste — standing in amazement that these guys were singing religious tunes and not Springsteen, the Strokes, Ed Sheeran or Pearl Jam. In his half-century on earth, he hasn’t encountered organized religion. Maybe he assumed the worship part of church service was done in mime.