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Matt Damon Gets Emotional During Cannes 5 Minute Standing Ovation
Matt Damon had a moment actors can only wish for. During the premiere of “Stillwater” at the Cannes Film Festival, the movie was so well received that the audience was on their feet for five minutes. “Stillwater” is about a father (Damon) who heads from Oklahoma to France to help his estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin) prove her innocence after she is put in jail for murder.
With the changing media landscape, many public figures have had to learn about picking their words carefully. All too easily can a single word be taken out of context and spun into a clickbait headline.
One of those stars who have learned that lesson is Matt Damon.
In an interview with, the "Stillwater" star eloquently put how careful many celebrities need to be with exactly what they say.
“Twenty years ago, the best way I can put it is that the journalist listened to the music more than the lyrics [of an interview]. Now your lyrics are getting parsed, to pull them out of context and get the best headline possible," Damon said. "Everyone needs clicks. Before it didn’t really matter what I said, because it didn’t make the news. But maybe this shift is a good thing. So I shut the f*** up more.”
In 'Stillwater,' Matt Damon bridges Oklahoma and France
CANNES, France (AP) — The set-up of Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” sounds very Liam Neeson. Matt Damon stars as a tough, terse Oklahoma father who travels to Marseille, France, to visit his jailed daughter (Abigail Breslin), who has been imprisoned for her role in a scandalous Amanda Knox-styled murder case. Damon, a gruff, working-class roughneck, sticks around to seek justice for his daughter and find a mystery man who may have been the real killer. McCarthy, the director of “Spotlight,” “Win Win” and “The Station Agent,” had long pursued Damon for one of his movies. In “Stillwater,” he knew audiences would come in expecting Damon as a quintessentially American hero.
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Damon has learned this lesson in the past when he made a comment in 2017 during the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
“As the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night," Damon said at the time. He faced backlash as some said all people should be angry, not just a parent.
It is one of those things where his thoughts didn't come across in headlines, but the Oscar winner understands why people were upset. "I understand,” he said. “It’s a fair point. Anybody should be offended by that behaviour.”
Matt Damon Reveals Why Teenage Daughter Refuses To Watch ‘Good Will Hunting’
Oscar-winner Matt Damon is talking about how his family like to keep him humble. While appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, the 50-year-old actor revealed why his daughter Isabella, 15, “refuses to see” his 1998 movie, “Good Will Hunting.” RELATED: Matt Damon Gets Emotional During Cannes 5 Minute Standing Ovation “She doesn’t want to see any moviesWhile appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, the 50-year-old actor revealed why his daughter Isabella, 15, "refuses to see" his 1998 movie, "Good Will Hunting.
Damon also expressed how learning about using the right language in today's landscape is important. A lesson taught to him by his daughter after he used a derogatory word for gay people.
“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” he explained. “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie 'Stuck on You'!’ She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
A powerful lesson in what we all can achieve if we are open and willing to listen.
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