Matt Damon is not only one of Hollywood's best actors, but also a top interviewee. The 42-year-old star rarely censors himself in interviews, offering unfiltered opinion and honesty that belies his standing as an A-list star. In a new chat with Playboy, Damon continues that trend by providing commentary on the recent presidential election and politics in general.
"We're at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues," Damon said. His new film, "Promised Land," is tangentially about fracking, an environmental issue of growing concern in the United States, but not one politicians seem eager to discuss.
"It's all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don't do anything now but run for office," Damon continued. "So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they're not interested."
Damon is often open about his politics. In a widely disseminated interview with Elle last year, the star dinged President Barack Obama for not being forceful enough.
"I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, 'Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,'" Damon told the magazine. "You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better."
Still, when asked by Playboy if he voted for Obama after those comments, Damon replied, "Definitely."
"I assume there will be some Supreme Court appointments in this next term; that alone was reason to vote for him," Damon said. "I don’t think I said anything a lot of people weren’t thinking. It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter."
The lengthy interview with Playboy is a must-read for Damon fans, and includes insight into much more about the star than just his politics. Head to Playboy.com to check it out.