God Bless Matt Damon

I liked Matt Damon even before this, but now I am definitely going to see any movie he is in:

I think there’s a really good chance that Sarah Palin could be President, and I think that’s a really scary thing. Because I don’t know anything about her. I don’t think in eight weeks I’m going to know anything about her. I know she was a mayor of a really, really small town, and she’s governor of Alaska for less than two years. I just don’t understand, I think the pick was made for political purposes, but in term sof governance it’s a disaster. You do the actuary tables there’s a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain does not survive his first term, and then it’s President Palin. It’s like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, “Oh, I’m just the hockey mom from Alaska!” and she’s the President, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s absurd. It’s totally absurd and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about how absurd it is.

It’s really terrifying possibility. The fact that we’ve gotten this far, and we’re that close to this becoming a reality is crazy. I need to know is she really thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago. That’s an important — I want to know that, I really do. Because she’s going to have the nuclear codes. I want to know is she thinks dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, or if she banned books or tried to ban books. We can’t have that.

Comments

  1. #1 Twi
    September 12, 2008

    Eww, you like Matt Damon?! Are you gonna get married?

    I agree with him 110% – but he’s still a talentless hack douche-nozzle*.

    * – Exceptions: Dogma and Good Will Hunting.

  2. #2 Rose Colored Glasses
    September 12, 2008

    I’ve always considered him a really good actor — I have the Bourne trilogy on DVD — but I never thought of him as an individual until he got in on that gag with Sarah Silverman. That’s when I realized he had a good sense of humor.

    The video is just plain straight shooting, which is probably why it stands out so sharply, as we are so steeped in bullshit that any truth is a diamond in the rough.

  3. #3 Rieux
    September 12, 2008

    The McCain-Palin campaign has shot back:

    It’s not surprising that the Barack Obama [sic?] and his celebrity supporters continue to tear down Governor Palin with little more than blatant name-calling …. It’s clear they’re threatened by a candidate who actually has a record of achieving reform and change, while Barack Obama just talks about it.

    In other news, Jason, post titles like “God Bless [X]” might cause us to throw you out of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy, so watch it….

  4. #4 Jason Rosenhouse
    September 12, 2008

    Rieux –

    It’s pretty pathetic that the McCain folks feel the need to respond to any criticism of their guy, even an offhand remark by a celebrity in an interview primarily about other things.

    As for the title, I was being ironic! :)

  5. #5 Virgil Samms
    September 12, 2008

    Some news outlets are running an incorrect transcript, saying that Damon referred to “President Putin.” If you listen to the video sound track, Damon clearly says “Vladimir Putin.” Putin is no longer president of Russia, but is prime minister. Damon was correct, those transcripts are incorrect. FoxNews was one of the outlets running the incorrect transcript, but seems to have fixed it now.

  6. #6 BaldApe
    September 12, 2008

    It’s like a really bad Disney movie.

    And that’s why they believe it. Really bad Disney movies are made of the kind of stuff Hockey Moms wish were true.

    Everybody thinks they could run things better, and that’s how the Republicans keep winning. The “Aw shucks, I ain’t nothin’ special” crap. When you point out how stupid the things they say are, you get “What makes you think you’re so smart?”

  7. #7 SC
    September 12, 2008

    And he was hilarious on Will & Grace. :)

  8. #8 pough
    September 12, 2008

    This just in from Nisbet: “Shut up, Matt Damon.”

  9. #9 JimCH
    September 12, 2008

    Twi…
    I thought “Rounders” was fairly decent as well. By the way, I’m not sure why you think he’s the designated celebrity DB except that the “South Park” guys say he is.

  10. #10 Ian
    September 12, 2008

    “This just in from Nisbet: “Shut up, Matt Damon.””

    Nisbet thinks he should shut up, sit down, and let the Shakespearean actors do the talking.

  11. #11 D-roc
    September 12, 2008

    Actually, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are deceptively intelligent. The views I’ve heard the two express are both thoughtful and surprisingly insightful. However, I do not think that Matt & Ben are a formidable enough duo to take on the likes of Kirk Cameron and his insidious crockoduck ……that crocoduck bites!

  12. #12 windy
    September 12, 2008

    “I always thought that Matt Damon was, like, a Streisand, but he’s rocking the shit in this one!”

  13. #13 eddie
    September 13, 2008

    I wonder if tom hanks has any regrets for the shitty mess he’s made of our world.

    Also, who gives a flying FUCK what matt nirbet says?

  14. #14 Marvol
    September 13, 2008

    Apparently Pamela Anderson expressed a similar POV but she put it more succinctly.

    I think she deserves an entry with her name in it, too.

  15. #15 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    September 13, 2008

    Little Matty Nisbet finds someone else who is more famous that he is, and criticizes them in an attempt to build himself up. Next story: dog bites man.

  16. #16 rimpal
    September 15, 2008

    anyone who lives in a university town, mid-Atlantic, New England, Chicago, or the West Coast, is by default smart. Matt Damon has recorded the audiobook version of Howard Zinn’s classic “Peoples’ History…” He knows what he is talking about.

  17. #17 by-stander
    September 15, 2008

    anyone who lives in a university town, mid-Atlantic, New England, Chicago, or the West Coast, is by default smart.

    This is a joke, right? … Right?

  18. #18 Greta Christina
    September 16, 2008

    Damn. Now I have to like Matt Damon again. Damn you, Jason!

    Seriously. Damon hit the nail on the head. Everything I read about Palin is that she was a last-minute pick, McCain’s third choice after the GOP wouldn’t let him have the guys he really wanted because they were too pro-choice. What kind of half-assed way is that to go about picking the person who might be President?

    This is the thing people forget about the Vice President. Their most important job isn’t to “balance the ticket,” or to deliver their home state, or to do a lot of stump speeches.

    Their most important job is to be President if the President dies.

    And this is a job that Palin is grotesquely unqualified to do. She is Dan Quayle in a dress. She was nominated because the GOP (a) wanted to get women voters, and (b) thinks women voters are idiots.

    if you wouldn’t even consider voting for the vice-presidential nominee, not even if you had a gun to your head, then maybe you shouldn’t be voting for their running mate. Especially when their running mate is eight billion years old.

  19. #19 Valhar2000
    September 16, 2008

    women voters are idiots.

    And in that they are absolutely right. They the majority of the idiot man vote, and now they will get the idiot woman vote, and with that, McCain will win the election.

    The country will continue to spiral into poverty, war and tyranny, and meanwhile the idiots will continue to vote for the pčople resposnible because they will be too stubborn to admit that they were wrong.

  20. #20 Robert O'Brien
    September 17, 2008

    I don’t know about you, Jason, but I think Matt Damon’s best role to date was when he played himself on Team America: World Police. Certainly, he delivered the most intelligent lines of his career in that film.

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