Actors are by definition illusionists, and Matt Damon
’s illusion is cracking. Long known as the “nice guy” of the Affleck/Damon duo, Damon’s boyish good looks and everyman versatility made him the perfect container for characters ranging from heroic to goofy to sinister. As revealed in a recent interview in which he admitted to casually using “the f slur” as recently as “months ago,” Damon’s everyman has a side that’s more in line with the common man of Trump’s America.
Following an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, Damon received swift backlash for what he clearly deemed a harmless, if not positive, anecdote.
“The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” Damon told the Times. “I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table.