Matt Damon holds fake press conference, announces he’s striking from going potty


I’m a Water.org donor/subscriber, so I got this announcement yesterday and wondered if anyone would be interested in it. It’s a very clever way to get press and attention for Damon’s charity. I personally will watch anything Matt Damon does so I thought this was awesome, but I recognize that I’m an irrational fan girl. Damon’s charity Water.org brings fresh water and plumbing to rural third world communities around the globe. To raise awareness for World Water Day on March 22, Damon staged a phony press conference with actors playing journalists in which he emphasizes that we take toilets for granted. He also vows to strike from using the toilet, and to stop going number one and two entirely. It’s clearly in jest but the bit is kind of hilarious as the actor/journalists give him crap and he gives it right back. Mad righteous Matt Damon is the best. Here’s more and you can learn more about the cause on StrikeWithMe.org

Matt Damon is on an extended bathroom break.

“The Rainmaker” star declares he will not go No. 1 or 2 until everyone in this world has access to clean water and sanitation.

“In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, I will not go to the bathroom,” the actor professed in a comedic video intended to shed light on the 2.5 billion people around the world who lack access to these essential elements.

In an effort to draw attention to this serious issue, Damon approached it in a funny way, hoping the video will go viral and get a conversation started.

“Does anybody have any idea what invention has saved more lives than any other in the history of humankind?” the 42-year-old actor asked a room of “reporters,” “The toilet.”

Damon is the co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

[From NY Daily News]

I’m glad that Damon finally stepped up to really promote Water.org. I think he was trying to let the cause speak for itself for a while, but realized that he could use his celebrity to bring a lot more awareness. (Water.org’s Flickr is here if you’d like to see more of their work.)

Also, I got excited when I recognized some of the actors in that fake press conference video, particularly the dude who played the harmless gay vampire on “True Blood” and the crazy judge on “Justified,” Stephen Root, (he’s on at 2:30) and Lamorne Morris from “New Girl.”

Damon also did a related interview with YouTube stars “Live Prude Girls.” This made me laugh out loud several times and I need to include it here:

Here are some cute pictures of Damon with his lucky wife, Luciana, at the Naeem Khan show at Fashion Week in NY yesterday. Luciana looks hot in those leather pants.

Photo credit: FameFlynet and Water.org

 

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    Swoon. He’s so lovely. And he’s aging SO well. And I love how dorky he looks at fashion week. It totally makes me think he only went because his wife wanted to go.

  2. Alli says:

    Does he ever do anything not awesome?!

  3. marie says:

    I am in no way a Damon fangirl, but he makes me like him a little more every day..

    • Raven says:

      Affleck used to talk about how Damon was so intense about acting/writing early in their careers. It looks like he has really gotten more laid back and is showing a great sense of humor.

      The publicity here for his charity is very clever. Wonder how he would have looked with strike painted on the back of his briefs instead.

  4. T.C. says:

    Loud clap for Mr Damon. Great idea.

  5. Bodhi says:

    LOL, of course he only went ’cause she wanted to! I bet he’d rather be home tinkering in the garage or napping in the hammock.

    Which is why I love him so, so much! He just seems so normal. And I love that he & Ben live down the street from each other

  6. Tania says:

    He was on House of Lies this week, played himself, wanting to start up a charity. It was pretty funny!

  7. kennedy says:

    I wish Leo DiCaprio would take a note or two from him re: marriage.

  8. tiredofrumers says:

    he’s lookin more and more like landry clarke/meth damon!

  9. kristin says:

    Love himmmmm.

    nothing sexier than a smart man.

  10. HappyJoyJoy says:

    I melt every time I see him. He is dreamy & he looks like he’s such a good husband!

  11. moon says:

    matt was my dream husband…then he got himself married. but to luciana, who is gorgeous and down to earth, so all forgiven!

    also, matt’s voice is like sex. tone, pitch, melody, accent, yummy.

  12. lucy2 says:

    He’s been involved with that charity for a while and seems very active with it.
    He somehow seems to really balance everything well and does a LOT, yet never seems over exposed.

  13. judyjudy says:

    Egads! He’s so hot. Hot Hot Hot.

  14. Amanda_SB says:

    Swoon… :)

    Love him! Can he really be as much of a “good guy” as he seems??

    Lucy is such a lucky gal!

  15. Samigirl says:

    Damn. The older he gets, the hotter he gets. And I love a man with a cause. And one that’s good to his kids.

    Ok, I love Matt Damon.

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ve never found him hot, but it’s a nice idea. His wife is lovely.

  17. Minky says:

    Love him. And I love how awkwardly awesome and awesomely awkward that Live Prude Girls video was!! I may have to check out more of their stuff. :)

  18. MARIA says:

    who’s the blond? I recognize her but i don’t know from where

  19. NerdMomma says:

    I was never into Matt Damon at the age when I “should have” been, like in my twenties or whatever. I thought he and Affleck were super boring. Anyway now I am a huge fan, in no small part due to his life outside of acting. Now I want to see everything he’s in. Being a nice guy really makes a man more physically attractive (see also: Hugh Jackman)

  20. Moi says:

    O.M.L.G.G. (Oh my living good God), I love him so much. I’m in. Orrrr won’t be putting anything in (the toilet) for this. However you want to look at it.

  21. Lucinda says:

    I used to be a huge fan until he decided to weigh in on presidential elections and say some fairly childish things. Doing stuff like this is a much more appropriate use of his celebrity status and I hope he sticks to stuff like this. Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you are obligated to share your politics and it doesn’t necessarily make the world a better place when you do. But getting involved in a solid charity? A win every time!