Matt Damon, Pranks, And The Unending Flurry Of Confused Emotions
Remember when Vivian talked to us about the appropriate levels of our personal investment in celebrities? One, she was totally right. That shit was weird. Two, I feel precariously over-invested in Matt Damon. Specifically, if I like Matt Damon or not.
And really, it shouldn’t matter. Damon’s entire personality is much like his blandly attractive (or is it attractively bland?) face. He just exists; being neither compelling nor odious enough to elicit strong feelings one way or another. But every time I see him, I run through a mental checklist of all of his pros and cons.
Pro: The Bourne Identity legitimately kicked all of the asses.
Con: Damon said a lot of weird shit about what gay actors should be doing in regard to their private and professional lives when no one asked him for his shitty advice.
Pro: He does have a long and dedicated record to charities and activism.
Con: Those shitty, shitty, completely wrong comments on diversity.
Pro: He was really good in The Martian.
Con: But not good enough to win a goddamn Golden Globe as a fucking comedy. WTF, Hollywood Foreign Press?
Not-Necessarily-About-Damon-But-Still-A-Con-For-This-Video: I hate pranks. Because as Courtney pointed out, pranks are almost always horrible.
But even I can acknowledge that a good natured, well-crafted, harmless prank can be funny. Meaning the intersection of a video of Damon pulling pranks on unsuspecting people has given me a lot of very complicated feelings.
Ok, that was actually pretty funny. But the video is to promote the next Bourne installment, which will probably suck. Second-But the entire video and prank is to raise money for water.org which seems to be a pretty stellar charity.
And so the cycle continues. At least we can all agree, Damon is better than his life partner.
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