Matt Damon has revealed that he once made Brad Pitt green with envy by telling him about his relatively peaceful lifestyle.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, the ‘Contagion’ actor often manages to completely avoid being followed by paparazzi, and is able to go about most of his day-to-day activities without being hounded by the press.
So when good friend and ‘Oceans Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen’ co-star Brad Pitt (who along with wife Angelina Jolie is constantly in the media’s spotlight) heard about Damon’s relatively quiet life away from the cameras, he couldn’t help but feel a little envious of his buddy.
Speaking about his own fame, Matt told Esquire magazine: “If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it’s worth it.
“I look at Brad – and I have for years – and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space – well, I wonder about that trade.
“I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, ‘You b*****d.’ Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.”
But while Brad has a famous wife, Damon believes his own marriage to non-celebrity Luciana Bozán Barroso was a big advantage in avoiding attention from the media.
“I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that,” he explained. “Because then the attention doesn’t double – it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom.”
And Damon believes that by living a quiet, normal life and avoiding scandals, he isn’t a very interesting person for magazines and newspapers to write about.
“I don’t really give them anything. If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell,” he explained.
“They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story – middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”