VENICE – Matt Damon has been shrunk to the size of seven inches.
Good Will Hunting and Saving Private Ryan star Matt Damon has been shrunk from a height of five foot eight to just seven inches. The shrinkage occurred on the set of his new film Downsizing directed by Alexander Payne. We caught up with him at the Venice Film Festival where the star told us about the mishap.
When you do a film you know there are going to be some risks involved. In this film I play a man who agrees to be shrunk in order to do his bit to save the environment. I assumed that Alexander would be using forced perspective or getting the CGI boys to lend a hand. Peter Jackson could have given him some advice. But it turned out that he wanted it to be as real as possible and he got this cellular shrinkage treatment from Norway. Next thing you know it’s goodbye Matt Damon: hello Mini Damon.
So this is irreversible?
The good news is I can still do films but we’ll have to use a lot of forced perspective in reverse. But yeah. It is going to take a lot of getting used to. I just hope that bastard Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t find out about it. He’ll squash me like a bug.