Matt Damon plays a politician who falls for ballerina Emily Blunt, only to discover that their fate is controlled by a mysterious organization known as 'The Adjustment Bureau.' In real life, is Matt interested in pursuing a career in politics?
"Oh, no, no, no, I don't have any aspirations for political office," Matt tells ET. "It's not a career that interests me. I see guys who are really good at it, who love it and do good, and that's great, but I love making movies."
Based on a Philip K. Dick story, 'The Adjustment Bureau' casts Matt as David Norris, an ambitious politician on the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate. When he meets beautiful ballet dancer Elise Sellas, he is instantly smitten -- and the course of his future changes, prompting the Adjustment Bureau to intervene, no matter what the cost.
"It's not a real detailed kind of movie about a politician, it's more of a fantastical love story about a guy who happens to be a politician," explains Matt, who says no physical training was required for his role, but his co-star really got put through the ringer.
"This was a case where Emily Blunt really had all the work to do because she was playing a dancer, and so she had these rigorous workouts and dance instruction and all this stuff that she had to do, whereas I was just kind of eating Cheetos by the craft service table, kind of laughing the whole time," he says with a smile.
"I was not graceful at the beginning at all," says Emily. "It's uber-embarrassing actually to learn how to dance in front of people who really can dance. I trained with this amazing contemporary ballet company who were extraordinary dancers, so I [showed] up the first day in tights and a leotard and I felt like the biggest dumb-dumb because they were all there in, like, baggy pants and cool T-shirts looking like the rebels of ballet.
"It is an endurance test to train like that," she adds. "I love pizza and I was in New York and I couldn't eat New York pizza, so that was a little tough."
'The Adjustment Bureau' hits theaters March 4.