When you hear the name Matt Damon called, the first thing you might think of — well besides this — could now be “Hail to the Chief.” At least, that’s what controversial Oscar-winning director Michael Moore would like.
Over the weekend, Moore participated in FireDogLake.com‘s Virtual Town Hall to discuss third-party election strategies and he had one in particular that caught some attention: Vote Matt Damon!
“I think that [Matt Damon] has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by saying the things that need to be said here,” said Moore. “And if you want to win, the Republicans have certainly shown the way — that when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win. And I guess I only throw his name out there because I’d like us to start thinking that way.”
But before we go making any “Damon 2012: We Do Like Them Apples” buttons, it’s important to note that while the actor is an outspoken activist and respected humanitarian, he himself has not expressed any desire to run for office any time soon. During a visit to his CNN show back in March, Damon explained to host Piers Morgan about his political aspirations, “I feel like the work I do now allows me to change things,” adding, “I love my job. I love making movies.” The 41-year-old said that while he’s “interested in everyone’s opinion” and “interested in people who don’t agree with me,” politics still isn’t his top career choice.
Nevertheless, if Damon did decide to run, let’s look at all the pop-culture pros and cons:
Pros: Handsome, has political-like experience (see: The Adjustment Bureau), would make debates against Sarah Palin must-see TV, general ass-kicking abilities, Oscar-winner, family man, distinguished member of both Team America and The Handsome Men’s Club, has the vote of teachers everywhere.
Cons: Currently follicly challenged, an easy slander campaign target due to his dalliance with Sarah Silverman and playing snitches (The Departed, The Informant!), lost the vote of s—-y cameramen everywhere, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
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