Matt Damon Says He ‘Fell Into A Depression’ While Filming A Movie: ‘What Have I Done?’

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Actor Matt Damon said he became disheartened upon discovering that one of his many film projects wasn’t what he thought it would be.

The “Good Will Hunting” star didn’t mention the film’s title, but instead described how it affected him to spend time away from family working on something he didn’t believe was worth it.

“Without naming any particular movies … sometimes you find yourself in a movie that you know, perhaps, might not be what you had hoped it would be, and you’re still making it,” Damon said during an episode of YouTube series “Jake’s Takes,” per IndieWire

“And I remember halfway through production and you’ve still got months to go and you’ve taken your family somewhere, you know, and you’ve inconvenienced them, and I remember my wife [Luciana Barroso] pulling me up because I fell into a depression about like, what have I done?” he continued.

Damon said his wife was the one who gave him perspective about the situation. “[Luciana] just said, ‘We’re here now.’ You know, and it was like … I do pride myself, in a large part because of her, at being a professional actor, and what being a professional actor means is you go and you do the 15-hour day and give it absolutely everything, even in what you know is going to be a losing effort. And if you can do that with the best possible attitude, then you’re a pro, and she really helped me with that.”

The 52-year-old movie star will appear in Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated historical drama “Oppenheimer,” which premieres July 21. 


He spoke with Fox News about how he approached the role of Gen. Leslie Groves Jr., director of the Manhattan Project. “I started researching and thinking about playing this character,” he said. 

“It was really amazing learning about what they did and how they did it.… Gen. Groves was a brilliant guy and not well-liked at all by the scientists because there was this constant tension between the military and the scientists.… There was this real tension that I think the script… covered really very, very well.”

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