Matt Damon is one of the most popular movie stars around, but he’s also one of the most private. Apparently that’s something that causes his “Ocean’s Eleven” costar Brad Pitt to have some serious envy about.
“If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it’s worth it. I look at Brad — and I have for years — and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it,” Damon tells Esquire. “The paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space — well, I wonder about that trade.”
This is a conversation that’s been had about an array of celebrities, including everyone from Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Justin Bieber. The “Elysium” star continues, “I remember telling [Pitt] that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, ‘You bastard.’ Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.”
Damon explains his simple solution to avoid being tabloid fodder: he doesn’t do anything worthy of reporting on. He describes himself as getting “lucky” for falling “in love with a civilian,” Luciana Barraso, and explains that he hasn’t given the public anything juicy to glom onto since.
“If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell,” Damon says. “They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story — middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”