HOLLYWOOD – Matt Damon pleaded today for people to talk about men who are not Matt Damon.

In an interview with The Business Insider, Matt Damon made an impassioned plea for the conversation to include people ‘who are not Matt Damon’.

He said:

I think we’ve reached a watershed moment. I don’t really know what that means. Is it really a building which holds water? How does that work? What if someone opens the window? Wait, back to what I was saying. The point is with the #MeToo movement and all that, a lot of the conversation has been about Matt Damon. Women quite rightly have condemned Matt Damon for his cloth-eared interventions. But I think Matt Damon exists on a spectrum. There’s the Matt Damon that gives these stupid interviews. And then on the other end of the spectrum there’s the Matt Damon who appeared in Hereafter and We Bought a Zoo. You can’t compare We Bought a Zoo to rape. Can you?

But going back to women, what…

Dustin Hoffman isn’t Matt Damon and neither is Louis CK, who I love. I mean not the tugging-himself-off-in-front-of-women Louis, unless he’s doing it really, and I mean really ironically. Harvey Weinstein isn’t Damon and Ben Affleck isn’t… well actually he kind of is.

But Rose McGowan yesterday…

Why is the media so obsessed with Matt Damon? That’s what I want to know.  It’s like they want to thrust him into the middle of the conversation. Again and again.

Matt Damon will next be appearing in We Bought Another Zoo.


CANNES – ‘RAUUUUUUUUUL’ a voice shouts in the darkness. Followed by a smattering of applause and laughter.

This tradition has been with festival goers since 1974 when an unknown Spanish film critic in the Debussy Theatre, despairing of finding his friend as the lights of the room went down, cried out in horror ‘RAUL!’ 

Now as the lights go down it is common for a lone man to shout the name out. Some variations are allowed. When Harvey Weinstein is here, the lone voice shouts ‘HARVEY!’ for instance. 

What people don’t know however is that the unknown Spanish journalist died that night. The lights were down and Raul hadn’t made his presence clear and as he continued his useless search in the darkness, he stumbled over the balcony and fell to his death, exploding across the cinema goers like a bag of paint filled water melons.

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