Interesting Facts About Matt Damon: The ‘Elysium’ Star

Matt Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 8, 1970. Damon started acting while he was still in high school, and attended Harvard University, to pursue English Literature. But, only twelve credits shy of receiving his degree, he quitted his studies to pursue acting and even moved to LA to stay with his best friend Ben Affleck, and the brother Casey Affleck.
From being an astronaut stranded in space in The Martian to a janitor who’s secretly a Math genius in “Good Will Hunting”, actor Damon has left no stone unturned in filling us with surprises at different events.
Damon is one of those actors who are just extraordinarily gifted. Not only can he play a wide variety of characters, ranging from Liberace’s lover to a super smart astronaut, but he is an accomplished producer and writer as well.
Matt Damon has received many awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award. He has also been nominated for six Emmy Awards and two British Academy Film Awards.
Apart from acting in movies, Damon has also done voice-over work in both documentary and animated films and has developed two production companies with Ben Affleck. He has been involved in a lot of charity work, including the, Feeding America, H2O Africa Foundation, and ONE Campaign. With his wife, Luciana Barroso, he has three beautiful daughters and a stepdaughter from Luciana’s former marriage.
Matt Damon is perhaps one of the most normal people in Hollywood. There are no salacious stories about him. He walks his kids to school just like any other, non-famous dads. Let’s explore more interesting facts about this amazing Hollywood actor.
1. NASA helped with the shooting of Matt’s latest movie -The Martian. Real-life astronauts were involved to ensure the authenticity of the equipment and suits and traveling in space. Additionally, the agency permitted them to use their name in the film.
2. The parents of Matt Damon declined to finance his pursuit of an acting career in New York City. In that regard, he used to break dance in Harvard Square to earn money.
3. Matt Damon’s parents didn’t provide any financial support while he was pursuing his acting career in New York City, so he used to break dance in the Harvard Square to get money.
4. Damon had to work in a bar and hire a customer to be his dialect coach to perfect his Southern accent for the film -The Rainmaker.
5. Damon used to smoke, but he managed to work through his addiction with the help of hypnosis.
6. The friendship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is known to all. Apparently, before Matt and Ben (who’re also distant cousins) got a breakthrough with Good Will Hunting, they were very broke that they had to share one bank account.
7. During his childhood days, Matt suffered from a severe case of an undefined self-identity. The condition led him to indulge in the role play that further established his passion for acting.
8. When Damon was only two years old, his parents divorced, and he spent part of his childhood in a commune in Boston with his mother, an expert in child education.
9. Damon secretly dated Odessa Whitmire (the personal assistant to Billy Bob and later Ben Affleck) for two years (between 2001 and 2003). The only time the two were seen together was at the international premieres for The Bourne Identity.
10. He is a big fan of Boston Red Sox. He narrated a commemorative DVD release of the event after the team won the 2007 World Series.
12. Matt gave Ben Affleck and his wife, Jennifer, a check of an unknown amount as a wedding gift that turned out to be the payment for losing a bet on who would get married first.

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