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Won’t get into politics: Matt Damon

Hollywood biggies such as filmmaker Michael Moore and George Clooney along with the US Left are lobbying for him to bring about a liberal change by running against US President Barack Obama

hollywood Updated: Sep 10, 2011 15:16 IST
Robin Bansal

Hollywood biggies such as filmmaker Michael Moore and George Clooney along with the US Left are lobbying for him to bring about a liberal change by running against US President Barack Obama but actor-producer Matt Damon says he is not going to hang his acting boots for politics.

Politically active throughout his life, Damon was initially a supporter of Obama before recently becoming critical of him on issues like finance and education.

“I would never give up this great job that I have - I love making movies. It is way more fun than being a politician,” says Damon denying that he is hoping for the presidency.

“It’s what I’ve spent my adult life doing and it’s what I’m good at. It’s what I like, so I’ll hang here,” adds the 40-year-old.

So far as films are concerned, the actor is raking in rave reviews for his latest, Contagion that opens in India on Friday.

Last but one outing of his long time pal Steven Soderberg, who is retiring from showbiz to become a painter, this one’s about the outbreak of a deadly virus in the world.

The Academy Award winner says that “the Indian audience will relate to Contagion as this epidemic hit globally including India (in the film).” The movie also reunites Damon with actor Gwyneth Paltrow after their stint in 1999's The Talented Mr.Ripley.

“I was reminded of just how amazing she is. While shooting for Ripley's we both were very young, single and today we both are parents, so we exchanged our parenting notes,” says the father of three, who would also “love to direct someday”.

Looking forward for an Indian sojourn to “come on a holiday and visit India in length,” the actor is also waiting for an offer from the “entertaining world of Bollywood” to “experiment in one”.