Damon Talks Paparazzi 'Aggression' Towards Pitt

By JACKIE WILLIS

July 08, 2013

Matt Damon tells Esquire magazine that he feels fortunate to have married "civilian" Luciana Barroso, but unfortunately for his pal Brad Pitt and his fiance Angelina Jolie, they do not share the luxury of living under the radar every once in a while.

"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," Damon says of his 49-year-old Ocean's 11 co-star's celebrity status. "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 bastard.' Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can't."

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So, how does Damon, 42, manage to keep his private life private? The Oscar winner says the key is to stay boring. "I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that," he tells Esquire. "Because then the attention doesn't double--it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom. But 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. 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."

What do you think of Damon's views on privacy and the paparazzi?



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