A Minute With: Matt Damon on Iraq movie "Green Zone"

Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:30am EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Like other Hollywood actors, Matt Damon has not shied away from revealing his political views.

He caused a stir in the lead up to the last U.S. Presidential election when in a television interview he described Republican Sarah Palin's political rise as akin to "a really bad Disney movie."

Damon's latest film, "Green Zone," is an action conspiracy thriller set in Iraq by Briton Paul Greengrass, who also directed the popular "Bourne" spy movies. It hits American and British cinemas Friday.

Also starring actor Greg Kinnear, the film is based on a behind-the-scenes account of how the Bush administration failed to find weapons of mass destruction and ran Iraq after the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Damon talked to Reuters about how the film, why he was nervous to order around real soldiers on the set and why he was disappointed by the troop surge in Afghanistan.

Q. How was it for you acting alongside real soldiers who were in this movie with you?

A. "Playing a guy who is barking orders at real vets who just got back from Iraq, as an actor was really daunting ... It was a concern of mine. I felt like the movie actor who is acting like he is in command of these guys who have just really gotten back from a war. It is kind of a weird thing. And it was the guys, who said, 'Look you have to do it and if you don't, the whole thing doesn't work'. But whatever you tell us to do we will do, we know how to follow orders."

Q. You have downplayed your movie star life as humble in the past, but did you have any trouble connecting with these guys who have just returned from war?   Continued...

<p>Matt Damon, best supporting actor nominee for "Invictus" and his wife, Luciana Barroso, arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>