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09/02/2017 03:33 am ET Updated Sep 02, 2017

Matt Damon Reveals The Vain Reason Behind Donald Trump's Movie Cameos

And it's not to do with the president's acting skills.

President Donald Trump has a plethora of movie and television credits that most budding actors can only dream of.

But according to movie star Matt Damon, it’s not because of the way Trump delivers his lines. Actually, it’s more about directors playing the game to gain permission to film on his property.

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part,” Damon told The Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview published online Friday.

“[Director] Martin Brest had to write something in ‘Scent of a Woman’ — and the whole crew was in on it,” Damon claimed. “You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits.”

Watch Trump’s cameo in “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York”:

Essentially, “you waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out,” Damon explained. “But I guess in ‘Home Alone 2’ they left it in.”

Damon’s claim appears to stack up, as “Scent of a Woman” actor Chris O’Donnell recounted a similar version of events to late-night TV host Conan O’Brien back in April:

“It was explained to us that in order for us to film at the Plaza [Hotel in New York City, which Trump then owned], we had a little walk-on part for Donald and Marla [Maples, Trump’s wife at the time],” O’Donnell said.

The scene was indeed later consigned to the cutting room floor, however.

Damon also railed against Trump for failing to fully condemn white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and called his “many sides” comment “abhorrent.”

“A lot of people, myself included, are really waking up to the extent of the existing racism, and it’s so much worse than I naively thought,” Damon said. “I just feel naive at this point.”

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