Will radical message sink Matt Damon's new film?

Published Friday, August 09, 2013 / The Five

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," August 9, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

STEVE DOOCY, GUEST CO-HOST: Listen, we're talking about this. Hollywood is not having a very good summer. A lot of pricey productions have turned out to be big, bad stinkers, like "After Earth" with Will Smith, "White House Down" with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx," and "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp.

But Matt Damon is hoping his new movie won't share the same fate. The sci-fi flick "Elysium", whatever that means opened up in theaters nationwide today. But "Variety" says it's one of the, quote, "more openly socialist political agendas of any Hollywood movie in memory."

But, Mr. Matt Damon, Hollywood superstar, denies there's any message to the movie.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MATT DAMON, ACTOR: I don't think it's trying to say anything. I think it just kind of -- it just kind of shows, you know, kind of presents -- presents that issue, you know, that -- you know, the distinct difference between the haves and the have-nots. I think the science fiction movie will really work if, you know, it's a whole new world but it speaks to the world that we live in, you know, but not in a heavy-handed way. I mean, the first order of business for a big summer popcorn movie is to make a kick-ass movie and make it -- you know, make great action.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Is this the dude that got that girl in the Ford truck in "The Titanic?"

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: No.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Oh, my God. Leo DiCaprio. Oh, my God.

DOOCY: Bob, what exactly was the last movie you saw?

BECKEL: "Secretariat."

GUILFOYLE: Don't ask actually.

DOOCY: Was it "Secretariat" or was it "Sea Biscuit"?

BECKEL: "Sea Biscuit", you're right. Can I say --

DOOCY: Or was it "Mr. Ed"?

BECKEL: We welcomed you to "The Five." (INAUDIBLE) one of our producer's key ways of getting at liberals. He said a whole list of these movies were going -- doing bad this summer and one movie, one had something about socialism, but you'd think that the whole world was full of socialist movies. This was a "Five" special. They are not also --

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: I don't think that was the premise.

BECKEL: What are you talking about?

BOLLING: The premise was big box office flicks. People are not going. And the next one on the list could be Matt Damon's --

(CROSSTALK)

GUILFOLYLE: Bob, Porter told me he's going to put you on your medication after the show. Back on. Back on the meds.

DOOCY: You know, everybody knows that 95 percent of Hollywood leans to the left. OK, they're completely left. Do you think a lot of the people across America realize -- at least half the country is conservative -- they see all the lefties out there. They know a lot of the lefties really don't care for conservatives politically.

So, why give that lefty movie star the business? Do you think -- do you think people make that business decision when they try to figure out where to spend their $10 to watch a movie?

GUILFOYLE: I think they try to shield it, like he said, in an action movie. I think this movie had 100 percent a political purpose. I think that's why he did. And Jodie Foster who was supposedly retired, came back in and did this picture. I saw it last Tuesday night in the private screening, Matt Damon was there with his wife, his father, and his brother, the whole deal.

To me, it was very obvious it was about the haves and have-nots and the whole commentary about universal health care and all the people dying who didn't have health care and the elite people, you know, thriving and living on a different --

BECKEL: There's no political message in "Lone Ranger" as far as I know except beating up Indians.

DOOCY: Right you are, Kemosabe.

BECKEL: OK, Tonto.

Listen, the fact of the matter is, the lead in this was Matt Damon, a socialist movie and said all the other ones leaving the impression that they're all socialist movies.

GUILFOYLE: I think that was from you, Bob. I don't think that was the point at all.

BOLLING: They had the takeaway. Well, I shouldn't say the only one.

I should probably explain why movies are flopping this year.

DOOCY: Please do.

BOLLING: The economy is getting a lot better. There are certain sectors are behind the scenes doing better and they would compete with movies. The recreation center, Winnebago, Polaris, they make the little car things.

DOOCY: You're saying people would rather go in the RV than go to the movie?

BOLLING: No, they're going out doing things they haven't done for the last three years. For the last three years, they've been on their butt --

PERINO: Disagree. Disagree.

BOLLING: How so?

PERINO: I think one of the things that big summer movies count on is teenagers are going do. Teenagers need disposable income to go. Unemployment for teenagers is up 45 percent around the country. I think it's not because the economy is getting better. I think it's because the economy is changing and there's a different way to spend $15 on if you want to go to iTunes, you can get x amount for $15 rather than going to the movie.

DOOCY: To address the demographic, you're talking about young people, they're so used to such bright -- I'm going to get to you, young man, in just a moment -- such bright and realistic graphics.

GUILFOYLE: Yes.

DOOCY: You got to the movies these days, you know, they blow up the White House again. I saw that in four movies over the last couple of months. Movies are -- they're just not realistic.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: But the independent films are doing great.

BECKEL: I want to correct one thing. I love the South. I have made some fun of it.

BOLLING: Thank you.

BECKEL: I have made some fun of it, and I apologize.

DOOCY: Where is this coming from?

BECKEL: I'm trying to correct something. I have do this all the time. Just be quiet.

DOOCY: OK.

BECKEL: I said something that were off --

GUILFOYLE: Like rednecks.

BECKEL: They're the nicest people in the world. You're kind. So I didn't mean to insult you. If I did, I apologize. That's it.

BOLLING: That's nice, Bob.

PERINO: You know what's nice? They'll forgive you.

GUILFOYLE: Can you apologize to the state of Florida because they really need it.

BECKEL: I'm not apologizing to you because you're going to beat me up.

GUILFOYLE: I'm not asking for it. I'm not the state of Florida. I'm just saying that. You're making comments about the good people in Florida.

DOOCY: I'm flying to Georgia tomorrow.

BECKEL: You are?

DOOCY: Yes.

BECKEL: A nice state.

DOOCY: I love it.

BECKEL: Florida's a nice state. It's just the government.

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