Matt Damon — a man who disclaimed any knowledge of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds and then admitted he knew the producer had harassed Gwyneth Paltrow — has a few opinions about the slew of sexual misconduct scandals rocking Hollywood. And they’re … interesting.
The Oscar-winning actor, who got his big break when Weinstein picked up his film “Good Will Hunting,” spoke with ABC News’ Peter Travers on Thursday. During their chat, he addressed the allegations against the fallen producer with a certain lack of clarity about what he himself knew.
“Nobody who made movies for him knew. … Any human being would have put a stop to that, no matter who he was. They would’ve said absolutely not,” Damon said.
He added: “I knew I wouldn’t want him married to anyone close to me. But that was the extent of what we knew, you know? And that wasn’t surprising to anybody. So when you hear Harvey this, Harvey that — I mean, look at the guy. Of course he’s a womanizer. … I mean, I don’t hang out with him.”
Damon also expressed the view that sexual harassment isn’t as bad as sexual assault.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior,” he said. “And we’re going to have to figure out — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
But he wasn’t done there: “All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum. And on this end of the continuum where you have rape and child molestation or whatever, you know, that’s prison. Right? And that’s what needs to happen. OK? And then we can talk about rehabilitation and everything else. That’s criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross.”
Minnie Driver, who co-starred with Damon in “Good Will Hunting,” had a thought about those comments on Friday:
During the ABC interview, Damon provided a few examples of what he meant.
In the case of Louis C.K., the 47-year-old actor suggested that the comedian has already paid a price “so beyond anything” he’s been accused of and Damon can’t “imagine he’s going to do those things again.” The actor also applauded the way Louis C.K. handled the situation:
“When he came out and said, ‘I did this. I did these things. These women are all telling the truth.’ And I just remember thinking, ‘Well, that’s the sign of somebody who — well, we can work with that.’”
“Ridley has a big movie coming out … and nobody right now is in the mood to see a Kevin Spacey movie,” Damon said.
“And I don’t disagree with his decision to do that,” he added. “I mean, that movie, I think, will do much better without Kevin in it.”
In discussing how he thinks “the day of the confidentiality agreement is over,” Damon offered this example of how he might have handled a hypothetical accusation of sexual misconduct 10 years ago:
Ten years ago, you made a claim against me and I had a big movie coming out, OK? I have $100 million or I have a movie that is personally important to me coming out, and close to the release of that film, you say, “Matt Damon grabbed my butt and stuck his tongue down my throat.” We would then go to mediation and organize a settlement.
I’d go, “I don’t want this out there. Peter’s going to go out and talk to the press and run his mouth, and it’s going to be overshadowing the opening of this movie. How much money do you want?” The lawyers would get together, and they do this cost-benefit analysis, and they’d go, “Oh, this is what it’s worth.” And I look at the number and go, “OK, I’ll pay it, but you can never talk about this again. You’re fucking lying about this, but never talk about this again.”
If a sexual misconduct allegation were aimed at him, Damon warned he wouldn’t sit by quietly.
“I don’t care if it costs me $10 million to fight this in court with you for 10 years you’re not taking my name from me.”
The story has been updated with a comment from Minnie Driver.
Pamela Anderson Thought She Had A ‘Special Power To Kill People’ As A Child After Her Death Wish Came True
Pamela Anderson exudes magic every time she runs down the beach in slo-mo — but did you know she has real “special powers”?
At least she thought she did after an allegedly predatory babysitter was killed in a car accident one day after wishing her dead.
“I had a babysitter, and she molested me for I think a year. I was between the ages of 4 and 8, somewhere in there. I remember wishing her dead, and she ended up dying the next day in her graduation in a car accident.”
Naturally, young Pam thought she was behind the freak fatality and, if she wasn’t careful, might cause another. She continued:
“I thought, ‘Okay, now I’ve killed her. I’m magic. I can’t tell my parents about this and I’ve killed her,’ so I started believing that I had this special power to kill people.”
The future actress was so terrified to oust herself as a magical being, she didn’t tell her parents about the scary coincidence until “years later.”
Of course, by that time, she realized she had magical abilities every time she squeezed into a red swimsuit.
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Will Smith geeks out over the success of ‘Black Panther’ and its cast
Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week.
Will Smith just showed the world that he’s one of the biggest Black Panther fans around.
After the tremendous success of Black Panther‘s opening weekend, Will Smith took to Instagram to share an inspiring message he himself heard from Nelson Mandela along with a video of himself geeking out about Black Panther and praising everyone who worked on Marvel’s latest film.
I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. . He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is important when you encounter your fans that you — Reach Your Hand Out and let them Feel Your Flesh. You have to prove to them that you are REAL — because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is Real.” . So I say to you, Congratulations! Enjoy this Transcendent Moment. Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real! . @chadwickboseman, @michaelbjordan @lupitanyongo @letitiawright @danaigurira @danielkaluuya @im.angelabassett @andyserkis @winstoncduke @sterlingkbrown @rmorrison @therealstanlee @ludwiggoransson @iamruthecarter #blackpanther . With Pure Delight WILL 🙂
“What you have done is spectacular,” Smith said in the video. “I watched the film a couple of days ago, and damn near got brought to tears. You guys have challenged and potentially even shattered a lot of long-time, long-held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms. I just want to say congratulations to you, I’m proud and I’m excited, damn-near giddy. Congrats y’all, go get it.”
He then crossed his arms over his chest — the Wakandan salute.
Along with the video, Smith quoted Mandela in his Instagram post, sharing a message everyone who worked on the film that spoke to what people can do with their fame and how they can reach out and inspire others.
“Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real!” Smith wrote.
Black Panther has been heralded not only for its unmistakable quality but also its achievements in representation, not only with its predominantly black cast but also its range of diversity behind the scenes.
Amy Schumer Marries Boyfriend Chris Fischer After A Few Months Of Dating
Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating, People and Us Weekly reported.
The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the reports.
Schumer, 36, and her chef boyfriend made their relationship public (as in Instagram-official) this week after attending Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded birthday party. The two reportedly started dating around November after they were spotted having an intimate dinner in New York City.
They later attended a taping of “Saturday Night Live” together, though Schumer’s rep wouldn’t comment on the relationship.
Fisher once worked at Mario Batali’s New York City restaurant, Babbo, after being introduced by his friend, Jake Gyllenhaal.
The chef later returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he grew up, to work at the Beach Plum Inn (a favorite of the Obamas) and The Covington Restaurant.
Fisher who penned the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm Cookbook recently opened Beetlebung Farm Market on Martha’s Vineyard, and plans to turn part of it into a restaurant.
“After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms,’” Fisher told Boston magazine in July. “You can create a destination restaurant anywhere.”
Prior to meeting Fischer, Schumer dated furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The two met on a dating app in 2015 and were together for a little over a year.
“I feel like Ben is the first guy who’s really been my boyfriend,” the “I Feel Pretty” actress and author told Marie Claire in July 2016. “There are guys who, if they heard me say that, would want to punch me in the face, but yeah, it’s the truth.”
A rep for Schumer confirmed that she and Hanisch split in 2017, but said the two remained friends. It certainly seems like things are amicable, as the comedian thanked her ex for some furniture he’d built for her in September.