Matt Damon Explains Why 'Promised Land' Is Not a Pro-Fracking Movie

December 29, 2012 02:13:47 GMT

'We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed,' so Damon says of the film, which he originally eyed as his directorial debut.


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Matt Damon brings attention to social and environmental issues through his latest film "Promised Land", which opens this Friday, December 28. Playing a corporate salesman who tries to buy a land in a rural U.S. town to drill oil with a controversial method known as "fracking," Damon discusses his personal point of view on the subject.

Speaking to Reuters, the "We Bought a Zoo" star shares that he wants the new film to raise awareness on the issue. "The point is that the movie should start a conversation," so he says. "It's certainly not a pro-fracking movie, but we didn't want to tell people what to think." Still, he notes that scribe John Krasinski never set out to make a socially conscious movie, noting that the "fracking" subject was added later as a backdrop to the story.

"It wasn't that we said we wanted to make a movie about 'fracking' as much as we wanted to make a movie about American identity, about real people," Damon explains. "We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed. 'Fracking' was perfect because the stakes are so incredibly high and people are so divided. It asks all the questions about short-term thinking versus long-term thinking."

During the chat, Damon also talks about how he ended up working with Krasinski instead of getting paired with his longtime buddy Ben Affleck for this movie. "John showed up at my house every Saturday at breakfast and we would write all day until dinner," he recalls. "Then we'd do it again on Sunday. I have four kids so he would come to me."

At first, Damon wanted to make "Promised Land" his directorial debut, but due to his busy schedule he had to pass the project to Gus Van Sant. "My first inclination was to send the script to somebody I'd worked with before," he says. "Gus seemed like the most obvious choice and I realized later that I'd never written anything that anyone else had directed, except Gus. I have a real comfort level with him."

Though he still hasn't got a chance to direct his own film, Damon admits that he's not giving up his dream to become a filmmaker. Along with his best friend Affleck, he has set his eyes on a project at Warner Bros. Pictures. "I now happen to be partnered with the hottest director in Hollywood!" he says of the "Argo" helmer.

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posted by Dv8tech on Dec 29, 2012
I must ask how did Damon and crew get around during filming...oh yeah- gas powered vehicles. Why not make a film on us heroes in the oil & gas business that put our lives o still the line so these fucktards can go job to job and bitch about what we bleed for? Exactly. Thank you America.
posted by EDay on Dec 28, 2012
The title of this article is ridiculous. Matt Damon does not need to “explain” why this isn’t a pro-fracking film – it’s a Hollywood production starring liberal elite Matt Damon; doesn’t that make it clear enough? It’s funded in part by Abu Dhabi, a country that would like nothing more than to keep the U.S.A. from developing energy resources at home. It must take a lot of nerve to leave his California mansion and go lecture the poor and working class families of Pennsylvania on how the opportunity of a lifetime is insensitive to his delicate greenie feelings.
posted by Simple Man by LynSkn on Dec 28, 2012
As a biologist I understand we need to limit CO2 buildup. Our current energy needs can only be met by fossils, estimates are the same for 20-30+ years. WE MUST plant trees on a global scale. Our govt does not understand photosynthesis.
posted by Mei on Dec 28, 2012
go frack yourself
posted by JacMac on Dec 28, 2012
Typical hollywood mentality. Stupid.
posted by wizard on Dec 28, 2012
Frack you

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