What Damon has tasted is the taste of failure since not all his films have been undeniable successes. (EFE Agency)
Without big scandals, without making excessive noise, without extravagant star airs. This is how Matt Damon succeeded, who this Thursday turns 50 as a normal air guy who ended up becoming one of the most profitable and respected actors in Hollywood.
Winner of the Oscar for best original screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) along with his inseparable Ben Affleck, Damon (Boston, USA, 1970) has paradoxically stood out for the few outlets and news he has given beyond of the shootings, something that contrasts with the ease of his friend of the soul to attract the press of the heart.
Together they began in the cinema, hand in hand they have continued working in Hollywood and now they have reunited as actors, since Damon and Affleck will see each other, never better said, in “The Last Duel”, a film by Ridley Scott about a knight and a squire who resolve their differences by measuring themselves with the sword.
An enviable career
Perhaps in real life he has the appearance of an ordinary man on the street, but in the cinema he has done everything.
He was a math whiz in “Good Will Hunting,” he crashed casinos in the lavish “Ocean's Eleven” trilogy (2001, 2004, and 2007), he was a ruthless but amnesiac secret agent in all four Jason Bourne films (2002, 2004 , 2007 and 2016) and even planted potatoes as an astronaut in “The Martian” (2015).
Behind his conventional appearance, Damon will have something special to have been requested by some of the most important filmmakers on the contemporary scene.
From Gus Van Sant (“Promised Land”, 2012, as well as “Good Will Hunting”) to Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”, 2006) to George Clooney (“Suburbicon”, 2017), Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”, 2014), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”, 2011), the Coen brothers (“True Grit”, 2010), Clint Eastwood (“Invictus” 2009) or James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari”, 2019), Damon is leaving a curriculum more than enviable.
In addition to being an actor and screenwriter, Damon has also tried his luck in production with great success in some cases, since he was a candidate for the Oscar for best film for being one of the people in charge of “Manchester by the Sea” (2016).
But, curiously, he has never made the leap to management.
What Damon has tasted is the taste of failure since not all his films have been undeniable successes.
In this section of stumbling blocks are, for example, the daring and failed Asian adventure of “The Great Wall” (2016), the insipid “We Bought a Zoo” (2011) or the barely romantic “All the Pretty Horses” (2000) in which the chemistry between Damon and Penelope Cruz just didn't quite turn on.
A discreet life
Married to Argentine Luciana Barroso since 2005, with whom he has four daughters, Damon leads a discreet life outside of the great Hollywood spots.
He continues to cultivate his love for his native Boston, he is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, and in 2013 he received the Medal of Arts from Harvard, where he studied before going into the movies.
Nor does he seem to take his star status too seriously, since his cameos, sometimes parodic, are abundant in films such as “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) or “Deadpool 2” (2018).
Although his great comic role has not been in the cinema but on television, where his fictional and eternal rivalry with (his actually close friend) Jimmy Kimmel has given so much play that he even snuck into the Oscars.
With all this effort over the years not to attract too much attention, perhaps his controversial statements in 2017 were even more surprising, two months after the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals were known and in the heat of the #MeToo movement.
“I think there is a range of behaviors, right? There is a difference between slapping your ass and raping or child sexual abuse, right? Those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without a doubt, but they shouldn't be mixed up, right? ”He told journalist Peter Travers on ABC.
These statements were widely contested by the #MeToo movement not because of Damon's obvious statement but because of his lack of sensitivity at a time when numerous women, after years of silence, had stepped forward to denounce countless episodes of harassment and sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Criticized by actresses such as Alyssa Milano or Minnie Driver, Damon backed off, apologized and made a promise: “I should just sit in the back seat and shut my mouth for a while.”