Matt Damon Apologizes for Comments on Diversity Behind the Camera
"I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies."
Matt Damon is sorry for offending anyone with the recent comments he made on Project Green Light about diversity behind the camera.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the star of the upcoming film The Martian said, "I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching Project Greenlight to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too."
He added, "My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of "Project Greenlight" which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having."
Damon was widely criticized for the comments he made on the show, when he interrupted black producer Effie Brown on the topic of diversity in film, saying, "When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show."
Brown was flabbergasted by Damon's comment, saying, "Wow. Okay."
Matt Damon speaking over the only black person in the room so he can explain diversity to her is SO WHITE it hurts pic.twitter.com/iaQStYZ0ij— Glen Coco (@MrPooni) September 14, 2015