You Can Thank Mom for Matt Damon's Smarter, Softer Side

You Can Thank Mom for Matt Damon's Smarter, Softer Side

Matt Damon is still in London with his favorite Pats hat (holla!), which kept his head warm out at Nobu last night. On his way in, he gave his dining buddy a big embrace and he also stopped to pose with one of the paparazzi pestering him as he went into the restaurant. While Matt is handing out hugs in London, his mom is talking about her new book on the effect of violence in the media on kids. Matt's no stranger to violent movies, but his mom's work has taught and changed him, too. He said:


  • On learning from his mom: "I've always made my decision about what movies to make with an eye toward these issues ... I've grown up knowing about all this, after all. As a high school kid, I'd come home to find my mom in the living room watching TV cartoons, counting acts of violence, and I would watch with her, to see what she was looking for. . . . I accept and agree with what she says - that it desensitizes kids, that there could be blowback from it."
  • On why it made him not allow his likeness in Bourne video games: "I lobbied hard [with the video producers] to not make a first-person shooter game but to make it more like Myst, which was a great interesting puzzle you tried to solve - you know, to play with his amnesia or his memory ... They weren't interested. They made the video anyway, without my likeness...I'd like to think that I at least made them more aware of the issues. That's step one. Step two is changing behavior. I learned that from my mom, too."

Not only is it great to hear that he's willing to stand by his convictions, but that he learned it from his mom is even more endearing. It doesn't even need to be said that Damon can do no wrong — because instead everything he does just makes him better.

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