Matt Damon Gushes Over Obama: He’s ‘Remarkable’ and ‘Deep’

October 8th, 2015 2:30 PM

Matt Damon is no longer mad at Barack Obama. In the October 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the actor explained his affection for the President and previous unhappiness over with Obama. In 2013, Damon complained, “There are a lot of things that I really question, you know: the legality of the drone strikes, and these NSA revelations.” 

But talking to THR, he gushed, “We talked about it, and look, even when I was giving him shit, he's somebody who thinks so deeply about everything he does.” The movie star added, “I don't ever question that it's coming from the right place with him. He's a remarkable human being and shockingly easy to be around. He's incredibly approachable and doesn't beat you up with his station, though he could.” 

Damon is also a fan of Hillary Clinton: 

He says he supports Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side: "I love Elizabeth Warren, but she's not running for president." He also likes Joseph Biden and Bernie Sanders and wavers when pressed to choose among them, before coming down for Clinton. "I'm supporting Hillary," he affirms, noting she's the only candidate to whom he has given money this go-around.

Surprisingly, the actor has appeared in a movie with Ben Carson. Less surprising, Damon isn’t happy with Carson the candidate: 

He's more familiar with Carson than most. "I met Ben Carson 22 years ago," he recalls. "He gave the convocation speech for Columbia Med School, where my girlfriend at the time was going, and he gave a beautiful speech about who he was and where he came from. And then, because Carson had done the first successful separation of conjoined twins, when I did the movie Stuck on You, there's a scene where Greg Kinnear and I are separated. Ben Carson plays the surgeon. We shot with him for the entire day. He could not have been lovelier. [But] I can't believe some of the things that he says."