Matt Damon is brought to tears at the #Cannes2021 standing ovation for ‘Stillwater.’ pic.twitter.com/phpK2mOJT1
‘Stillwater’ Review: Matt Damon Is a Dad on a Mission in Tom McCarthy’s Affecting Turducken of a Movie www.indiewire.com/2021/07/stillwater-review-matt-damon-1234649672/ via @indiewire
There’s a little monologue that #MattDamon goes into in this new movie No Sudden Move….and man…..those words still ring true even in 2021. Loved the film also. Ensemble cast, great story.
On Saturday, the Hot Chick star, 57, took to Twitter for a rant in which he advised his more than 938,000 followers against getting vaccinated after hearing the news that a third vaccine may be required to maintain efficacy.
"Just say no... And keep saying no... Over half of the U.S. population is continuing to say no to this unapproved experimental gene therapy! 'My body, my choice!'" Schneider tweeted, closing his statement with the hashtag "2nd Amendment is for this."
In a series of follow-up tweets, Schneider shared more of his opinions, claiming the government has "had a two-year fear campaign and lockdown, destroyed middle class household incomes, bankrupted untold thousands of business and are now putting children's lives at risk."
In a final statement, Schneider shared a screenshot of a statement about bodily integrity and informed choice.
"We should never abandon our liberal principles and international stance on body autonomy, free informed choice and human rights, and support unprecedented coercion of professional health workers, patients and people to have experimental treatments with limited safety data," it read. "This and the policies that go with it are more of a danger to our society than anything we have faced during this last year."
"I do have immune system problems and I do chemo on a regular basis and I still did the vaccine twice," said Blair, who lives with multiple sclerosis.
When asked how she felt as a woman about Schneider's use of the "my body, my choice" statement to refuse the vaccine, Blair said, "I'm fine with whatever people say... I don't mind what he says at all," stating that her son had a "vaccine injury" when he was very young. Still, she says that "those that can have a responsibility" to get vaccinated.
Schneider is no stranger to making his voice heard during the pandemic. Back in May, he took to Twitter to share his disgust with the restrictions that were put in place to hamper the spread of COVID-19.
"Twitter is now a screaming match. Twitter has devolved and hurt public discourse. It’s like throwing mud from one side of the fence to the other side of the fence," he told Fatherly. "This cancel culture is real and it’s continuing and I don’t want to be a part of it."
In contrast to Schneider's statements, a February report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that roughly 50 percent of individuals experience minor side effects after getting the vaccine, such as headache and dizziness, Yahoo previously reported. The CDC clarified that the COVID-19 "vaccines are safe and they will save lives."
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The film, which premiered this week as part of the Cannes Film Festival, is heavily inspired by the real-life Amanda Knox case, where an American college exchange student — here, Allison Baker, played by Abigail Breslin — is imprisoned for the murder of another student. We pick up five years after the initial sentencing, with Damon's Bill Baker going to France on a routine trip to check on his daughter. Bill is the epitome of a red-blooded American roughneck, and he has both the goatee, the camo hat, the black sunglasses, blue jeans, and even the tattoo of an eagle on top of a skull with a knife coming out of it to prove it. He is also admittedly not the brightest person and is often the bottom of the joke, resulting in a sort of more serious American Mr. Bean.
Damon never fully manages to disappear into the role, but he does play Bill with enough flaws and vulnerability to genuinely make you feel for the guy, for a while. He may be rude and have no regard for France or its people, and Stillwater never misses a chance to remind you how much of a caricature the character is, to the point that he's often asked by other characters how many guns he owns or if he voted for Trump. That being said, co-writers Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré and Marcus Hinchey always frame Bill's character through the lens of his paternal desire to help his daughter, to the point where the moments of bigotry and racism in the film come from white French characters rather than Bill, who never expresses anything negative about his daughter's romantic relationship with an Arab woman (or at least keeps quiet about it).
There is a feeling of defeat that looms over most of Stillwater. When we meet Bill, he's already deep into a routine of traveling to France to visit Allison, and he's very well acquainted with the workers at the immigration office, the prison visitation office, and even the Best Western he tends to stay at. Even when the film hints at a Taken-like story of vigilantism, McCarthy quickly shuts it down in order to devote most of the film to a quiet and almost meditative exploration of acceptance and second chances. These family drama-centric scenes give Damon an opportunity to give Bill more depth than just the rage of a parent taking justice into his own hands.
Ultimately, Stillwater is exactly what its premise suggested it would be: a movie about the death of an Arab girl being an afterthought for the story of white Americans wreaking havoc in a foreign country.
10 July, 2021 - 02:59pm
The actor recently dished on what went into learning about his character for the Oscar bait-y flick -- which got rave reviews and even a standing O at the Cannes Film Festival the other day -- and he says what he gleaned from the roughnecks of Oklahoma was "eye-opening."
“They’re in the oil business, of course he voted for Trump,” Matt Damon says of his #Stillwater character, citing time spent in Oklahoma as critical to the role. "These guys who took us out to the oil rigs...were wonderful to us, they really helped us. It was eye opening for me." pic.twitter.com/Or6mZrW10Q
Watch how Matt characterized the experience during a panel Q&A following the screening of his upcoming movie in France. He explains how he and director Tom McCarthy spent a good amount of time down in the South ... where they got the lay of the land, literally, from guys who do the job day in and day out -- getting a sense of their lifestyles, their POVs on life/family and, of course, their politics as well ... which Matt didn't discuss with disdain.
If anything ... he's got the opposite sentiment, saying the people he was around -- not to mention his character, Bill -- own who and what they are ... even on the issue of MAGA.
It's a pretty fascinating take on what many may perhaps write off without a second thought -- the minute you bring up Trump and his supporters ... a lot of folks will tune it all out.
Not Matt, though ... the way he talks about his encounters down there makes it seem like there's some good people around -- regardless of their politics -- and that they're more nuanced than how they're made out to be a lot of the time. To which we say ... obviously.
BTW, this film isn't necessarily a slice-of-Oklahoma-life type of a project -- where Matt immerses himself in method acting or anything. It's actually an action thriller -- a la, "Taken" -- with the oil-rig/middle America stuff as the backdrop. Still ... word is, Matt's turn here is getting tons of buzz, as they're saying he's "unrecognizable" on screen.
Looks like it'll be a good one -- and with the Republican factor thrown in, we're sure it'll be the subject of some chatter once it hits theaters. "Stillwater" is set to come out later this month.
10 July, 2021 - 02:42pm
Matt Damon has revealed that he turned down an offer to star in James Cameron's Avatar, which would have netted him 10 percent of the movie's profits. During an event at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, the actor recalled Cameron offering him the lead role in the sci-fi film, which would go on to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
"I will go down in history," Damon said, according to Deadline. "You will never meet an actor who turned down more money."
With Avatar's net profits estimated at $1.2 billion (prior to its re-release in China earlier this year, which saw it retake the top box-office crown from Avengers: Endgame), that deal would likely have netted Damon about $120 million. However, John Krasinski makes a good point: At Cannes, Damon recalled telling this story to the Office star, who purportedly replied, "Nothing would be different in your life if you had done Avatar, except you and me would be having this conversation in space."
He opted not to do the movie, Damon added, because he was in the midst of making the Bourne trilogy at the time and made a "moral" decision to keep his commitment to the franchise. Avatar's lead role ultimately went to then-relatively unknown actor Sam Worthington, who, it's fair to say, needed the gig a little more than Damon did. (Worthington was living in his car when Cameron cast him in 2007.)
Cameron's long-awaited Avatar sequels are due to finally begin rolling out in December 2022. In the meantime, Damon will next appear in the thriller Stillwater, which premiered at Cannes on Thursday and will hit theaters July 30.
10 July, 2021 - 12:59pm
Hey, here’s a quick, fun math question: What’s 10 percent of $2.847 billion? If you answered “So much money that Matt Damon could have bought one of those islands where they let you hunt a guy, because who’s going to stop you, it’s your dang island,” then, congratulations: You have passed a very important class in cinematic math that Matt Damon, tragically, did not.
Because, as it turns out, that big bag of cash is exactly what Damon apparently passed on a decade back, when James Cameron came knocking asking if he might want to star in a little movie called Avatar—offering 10 percent of the profits in an effort to lure the name star on to his plucky lil’ project. But, as Damon revealed in a session at Cannes this weekend, he turned the role down, because he was committed to the Jason Bourne movies at the time, and wanted to make the “moral” choice, i.e.—the choice where you don’t end up getting $200 million for your private murder island. “I will go down in history,” Damon said in his masterclass at the film festival. “You will never meet an actor who turned down more money.”
To be fair, Damon didn’t seem to be too bothered by the missed payday, laughing about it with the audience and recalling telling the same anecdote to his pal John Krasinski, who responded by noting that, “Nothing would be different in your life if you had done Avatar, except you and me would be having this conversation in space.” Also, it meant that Sam Worthington got to play the character of Jake Sully, and while the largely unknown Worthington definitely didn’t get the same deal offered to him, it does mean we get the ongoing paradox of the planet’s most successful movie starring a guy whose face we couldn’t pick out of a lineup to save our lives.
Per Deadline, Damon also held court on a number of other topics during his panel—ostensibly in support of Stillwater, which is premiering at the festival. That includes his near-misses with directing (most notably on Manchester By The Sea), and what life is like when you’re hanging out with Brad Pitt, one of the few people on the planet more ridiculously famous than Matt Damon: “It was absolute madness,” Damon said, describing a trip with Pitt to the Monaco Grand Prix. “I got arm-barred by security and I had to say, ‘I’m with Brad!’”
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Matt Damon looked relaxed as he headed out on a boat at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday.
The actor, 50, wore a white shirt and black sunglasses as he joined a group of friends to sail on the mediterranean sea.
The star wore beige chinos and a beige polo top with black trainers and he enjoyed some downtime from the event.
Chilled: Matt Damon, 50, looked relaxed in a white shirt as he headed out on a boat at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival on Friday
He has been attending the star-studded festival ahead of the release of his new film Stillwater.
The new thriller flick Stillwater, is about a man who travels from Oklahoma to France to help his estranged daughter, as she is in prison for a murder she says she didn't commit.
This outing comes as he was in high spirits at a photo call for the new film with his co-star, Camille Cottin.
On the water: The actor wore a white shirt and black sunglasses as he joined a group of friends to sail on the mediterranean sea
Stylish: He has been attending the star-studded festival ahead of the release of his new film Stillwater
The duo celebrated positive reviews with their co-stars after the crime drama movie was met with a standing ovation following its premiere screening the night before.
Meanwhile, actress Marion Cotillard cut a chic figure as she stepped out at the festival.
The beauty looked relaxed in a white cropped T-shirt and light blue jeans while out and about at the festival.
Happy days: Matt and co-star Camille Cottin put on a jovial display as they attended a photocall for the new film Stillwater during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival in France on Friday
She looked glowing as she wore her sleek raven tresses in a side parting around her shoulders, and wore retro-style sunglasses which framed her face.
She held a dark green bomber jacket in her hand and paired the look with bright purple stilettos.
The Inception star has been attending the event ahead of the release of her new film in the upcoming musical film Annette alongside Adam Driver, which is being screened at the festival.
Effortlessly chic: Meanwhile, actress Marion Cotillard cut a stylish figure as she stepped out at the festival. The beauty looked relaxed in a white cropped T-shirt and light blue jeans while out and about at the festival
The film tells the story of a provocative stand-up comedian (Driver) and his wife, a world-famous soprano (Cotillard).
Their glamorous life takes an unexpected turn when their daughter Annette is born, a girl with a unique gift.
It marks French filmmaker Leos Carax first feature film since the critically-acclaimed 2012 film Holy Motors for this new musical.
Beautiful: She wore her sleek raven tresses in a side parting around her shoulders, and wore retro-style sunglasses which framed her face
New film: The Inception star has been attending the event ahead of the release of her new film in the upcoming musical film Annette alongside Adam Driver, which is being screened at the festival
Dramatic: Annette documents the story of an opera singer and her husband coming to terms with their life after welcoming their first child together
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