Matt Damon: Cannes was extra significant this yr | leisure
Matt Damon has admitted that the Cannes Film Festival had “deeper meaning” to him this year.
The 50-year-old actor introduced his new movie ‘Stillwater’ at the annual event in France last month and admitted that after he got used to watching the movie with so many other people, he got “a little emotional” Seeing things at home alone because of the corona lockdown measures.
He said, “There was the added covid factor, which was that I haven’t been to a cinema with 1,000 strangers for THIS long time.
“And that reminder of why we need it, why it’s so important. I’ve been to Cannes four or five times, but it has a deeper meaning to me to have had this experience.
“You get used to seeing things on TV at home and without any experience in the cinema, that is becoming the new normal.
“Then suddenly have this experience in the cinema, you think, that’s why we’re doing it!
“So the moment crept in on me and I got a little emotional because I just felt this overwhelming relief, joy and gratitude.”
The screening was celebrated with a standing ovation that lasted more than five minutes, and Matt found this positive reception “really moving,” especially since the film was postponed for so long
He told Big Issue magazine, “That moment kind of overwhelmed me.
“A lot went through my head.
“Of course I was glad the film played so well because I’m really proud of it and we worked really hard on it – and we stuck to it.
“It was supposed to come out last year, but the pandemic changed those plans. After such a long wait, it was really moving to have this kind of reception. “