September 10th, 2008
04:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Damon rips Palin, calls her 'terrifying'

Matt Damon does not approve of Palin.
Matt Damon does not approve of Palin.

(CNN) – Admirers say Sarah Palin's compelling narrative and working-mom credentials helped land her a spot on the Republican presidential ticket, but Hollywood star and Obama supporter Matt Damon said Monday the Alaska governor's story more resembles a "really bad Disney movie."

In a blunt interview with the Associated Press, the star of the Jason Bourne film series also said there was a good chance John McCain would die in his first term in office and the thought of a President Palin is "terrifying."

“It’s like a really bad Disney movie - the hockey mom…from Alaska, and she’s the president, and it’s like she’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. And it’s absurd, it’s totally absurd, and I don't understand why people aren’t talking about how absurd it is," Damon said.

"You do the actuary tables, there's a 1-3 chance if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin," Damon also said, adding later "I think there's a really good chance Sarah Palin could be president, and I think that's a really scary thing, because I don't know anything about her, and I don't think in eight weeks I am going to know anything about her.”

Palin's selection 11 days ago to the GOP ticket has drawn record crowds to McCain campaign rallies and generated a wave of enthusiasm among the base of the party. Damon told the AP he viewed the pick as a purely political one.

"I know that she was a mayor of a really, really small town, and she's been governor of Alaska for less than two years - I think the pick was made for political purposes but in terms of governance it’s a disaster," he said.

Damon and longtime friend Ben Affleck endorsed Obama last year and have been vocal in their support of the Illinois senator. The two also attended a $1,000 per-person fundraiser for Obama in Miami last month.


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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. C!

    Yayyyyy! Matt Damon is wise! hahaha!

    Obama/Biden `08!

    September 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Cyrus K.

    Matt Damon is a voter, just like you and I. The only difference is, he is Matt Damon. No one is asking you to listen to him or be influenced by him. As a supporter, he is well within his rights to express his views. Where does it say that a celebrity cannot speak his mind? If celebrities can't speak their mind, then John McCain, the real American Celebrity, should simply shut up.

    September 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Fleab123

    Why is there so much focus on what celebrities are saying about the candidates. WHO CARES? I speak for myself and probably many others when I say that my vote will be based on issues I find important and not what some dumb celebrity says.

    September 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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