Matt Damon: Obama 'Broke Up With Me'
Matt Damon has explained for a few years now that he doesn't consider himself a fan of the president. But, while promoting his new dystopian thriller Elysium, the actor had a new zinger aimed at Barack Obama.
"He broke up with me," quipped Damon in an interview with BET. "There are a lot of things that I really question: the legality of the drone strikes, these NSA revelations. ... Jimmy Carter came out and said we don't live in a democracy. ... That's a little intense when an ex-president says that."
Damon was an early supporter who stumped for Obama during his 2008 presidential run but since has expressed cynicism about the political process.
He elaborated in a similar vein during an interview with Playboy last December while promoting the anti-fracking film Promised Land. "We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues," Damon figured. "Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle."
During his latest interview with BET, Damon added, "[Obama's] got some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor."
Elysium, the star's sci-fi drama helmed by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, hit U.S. theaters Thursday night.