Typically, I am of the same mind as most when it comes to actors discussing politics. It feels squicky, and more often than not, it it gives us a glimpse into their crazy (see, e.g., the Twitter feeds of John Cusack or Adam Baldwin for contrasting nut-jobbery) or the celebrities come off as preachy, whinging elitist (Tim Robbins, Sean Penn). But — and maybe it’s my own liberal bias speaking here — when it comes to Matt Damon (and Ben Affleck to an almost equal extent), when they talk politics, they sound not only smarter than the politicians, but more likable. These are guys that not only pass the “beer test” but the IQ test, as well.
Indeed, Matt Damon doesn’t make me cringe when he talks politics; he speaks from a place of understanding and intelligence, and he doesn’t sound like a blowhard, either. He’s the kind of guy that I’d like to see run for office one day because he knows the issues and can speak to them passionately and articulately. It helps, of course, that I agree with his politics. Right now, when there are practically no politicians in Washington who are well liked or for whom we can passionately root, it’s nice to see someone like Damon speak some goddamn sense.
He doesn’t do it often on camera, but when he does, he makes an impact. Here are Matt Damon’s 5 Best Unscripted Political Moments. Put some W.G. Snuffy music in the background, and this man could easily be the next Senator of Massachusetts.
5. Matt Damon on the Underemployed and Homeless (Begins at 1:37)
4. Matt Damon Questions the Fairness of the Men and Women Forced Make Up the Armed Forces
3. Matt Damon Criticizes President Obama for Ignoring His Mandate
2. Matt Damon Rips the Choice of Sarah Palin, Calls it a “Bad Disney Movie”
1. Matt Damon Defends Teachers
To lighten the mood and because it is in the Pajiba bylaws to do so whenever Matt Damon is mentioned, here’s his impression of Matthew McConaughey. It never gets old.