Matt Damon flashes an adorable boyish smile for the cover of Esquire’s August issue.
The 42-year-old actor chatted with the men’s mag about his family life, the downsides of fame, and the paparazzi’s “aggression.”
Matt even compared his level of celebrity to that of one of his mega-star buddies, Brad Pitt.
“If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity,” he says, “then it’s worth it. I look at Brad — and I have for years — and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space — well, I wonder about that trade. I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, ‘You bastard.’ Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.”
Damon also revealed why he was lucky to be married to his wife of seven years, Luciana. Aww.
“I got lucky,” the Borne star explains. “I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double — it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom. But I don’t really give them anything. If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story — middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”
Matt’s upcoming sci-fi film, Elysium, hits theaters this August. Check out the trailer, below.
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