Published March 08, 2011
Matt Damon, one of President Barack Obama’s most prominent celebrity supporters during the 2008 election, hit headlines last week when he expressed his disappointment with the President's performance to date.
But this isn’t the first time the actor has voiced his political views. In the past, Damon has spoken out against the War in Iraq, criticized former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, and declared former South African President Nelson Mandela “the greatest world leader” in his time.
Now Damon is taking politics to the big screen, playing a charismatic politician running for the United States Senate in the thriller “The Adjustment Bureau.”
Despite Damon’s passion for politics, however, the actor says he has no interest in following the footsteps of other stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Sonny Bono and Ronald Reagan in pursuing a political career away from the lights and camera.
“That is not a life I would like. It’s not that I’m not interested in politics; I am very interested in politics. I am just not interested in being a politician. I just wouldn’t want that job,” he told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “It is really all of our jobs to be actively engaged, to be an engaged citizen and to push back and voice our opinions of things that are important to us. Any great movement started from the people, and politicians follow – but they aren’t the leaders.”
"The Adjustment Bureau" grapples with the idea of a “higher power” in control of daily events, but Damon thinks free will still rules the day in the U.S.A.
“I feel we are certainly living in a free country,” he continued. “I think George (Nolfi, the writer/director) really saw it as fate versus free will. That is the interesting question I think that is rooted in his decision to be a screenwriter. Coming from his background, there were a lot of jobs he could have taken that would have been more stable, but he opted to do what everyone in our business did, which is take a road that is unstable and promises a lot of insecurity down the line. So I think to him this movie is a celebration of that choice, of taking the path less traveled and embracing your ability to choose a life that isn’t the life that isn’t laid out for you but one that is very difficult.”
Damon does, however, feel fate played a key role in him meeting his wife of over five years, Luciana Barroso.
“I remember wondering or not if I was going to do this Farrelly brothers movie ‘Stuck On You’ and they wanted to shoot it in Hawaii, and talking to my mother, and her saying ‘you can have fun at work’ because at this time Werner Hertzog and I were talking about a project, and I was trying to decide,” he added. “I met Peter and Bob Farrelly and I really liked those guys and I decided to do their movie. They ended up not shooting in Hawaii, they shot it in Miami, and down in Miami I went to a bar with some of the crew and I met my wife. So now I have four kids and… that seems like a twist of fate, or good luck.”