Matt Damon is worried that all the #MeToo focus on sexual predators in Hollywood is making people forget about all the non-skeezy pervs in the industry.
Since the initial allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light, Matt Damon's name has continued to appear in headlines because of his long-time business relationship with the disgraced megaproducer and questions about what the actor did or didn't know and when. In the last week, while promoting his new socially and environmentally conscious movie "Downsizing," Damon has weighed in on the #MeToo movement and Hollywood's sexual harassment culture — and it's not going over well. In fact, even his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Minnie Driver is smacking Damon for commenting on something he "cannot understand."
In a recent conversation with Business Insider, Damon changed his tactics a bit by trying to refocus the narrative onto the "sh**load" of good guys in the industry, among which he includes himself.
"We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole sh**load of guys — the preponderance of men I've worked with — who don't do this kind of thing and whose lives aren't going to be affected," Damon told Business Insider.
"If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don't care, I'll sign it," said Damon. "I would have signed it before. I don't do that, and most of the people I know don't do that."
Asked if in the current climate he'd refuse to work with someone who has been accused of sexual misconduct, Damon said that had "always" played a role in his decision-making.
"That always went into my thinking," Damon said. "I mean, I wouldn't want to work with somebody who — life's too short for that. But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, 'What's the story here?'"
Damon's reminder that Hollywood doesn't entirely consist of sexual predators follows his interview with ABC's Peter Travers which ended up going over about as well as his recent film "Suburbicon," one of Paramount's biggest flops ever.
In the interview, Damon tried to distinguish between the extremes on the sexual harassment and assault "spectrum," but the result was a convoluted mess, in which he ended up partly defending Democratic Sen. Al Franken and comedian Louis C.K. In response, Minnie Driver and others chided Damon for talking about something he "cannot understand."
"Gosh it’s so interesting (profoundly unsurprising) how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem," said Driver in response to Damon's interview with Travers.