Why was Matt Damon’s cameo mysteriously cut from ‘Ocean’s Eight’?

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Thank God Ocean’s 8 was financially successful. Ocean’s Eight was #1 at the weekend box office, and it made about $47 million over three days in North America. The theater-goers were mostly women, because AGAIN women are not a niche audience. We want to support female-led films. We want to see Cate Blanchett rocking some coat p0rn. We want Met Gala drama. Considering that in an era of monstrous budgets, Ocean’s 8 was only made for $70 million, they’re going to get a good return on their investment. Meanwhile, some people were wondering why SPOILER… certain people didn’t show up in Ocean’s 8. It was widely reported last year that Matt Damon filmed a cameo for the lady-movie. But Matt Damon is not in the final theatrical cut. So what happened?

Originally, Ocean’s characters Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon) and Saul Bloom (Carl Reiner) were also slated to make cameos. Reiner announced last summer that he filmed a scene with Bullock, while Damon said in several interviews that he was set to film a brief appearance earlier this year. Damon, however, had received backlash over comments he made about Harvey Weinstein and as the #MeToo movement picked up steam, a petition called for the actor’s cameo to be nixed from the all-female reboot.

Director Gary Ross, who co-wrote the Warner Bros. film with screenwriter Olivia Milch, said the cameos were cut to fit the story when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter.

“[Picking the cameos] is an eclectic process of: how does it fit in the story and how is the narrative unfolding?” Ross told THR at the film’s recent New York City premiere (video, below). “This more than any movie I’ve done had a really copious editorial process where you play with stuff, you find stuff. I’ve never shot anything after I’ve wrapped on any other movie before, but in a heist movie and an ensemble movie, you’re still working on the play. And we did a bunch of that, and so that was satisfying as well.”

Speaking specifically to Damon, Ross added, “There were a lot of people who were gracious to us that just for editorial and storytelling reasons didn’t make it in and some who did. If you know, we ended up shooting probably another 10 days afterwards, so there’s a lot of material and a lot of shaping. But it really just comes to storytelling.”

[From THR]

Yes, I’m sure that cutting Matty D from the film was just about storytelling and not about Damon’s absolutely sh-tty comments last November and December about Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and the #MeToo movement. I haven’t forgotten, and neither should you. There were many people hoping that Gary Ross would do the right thing and edit Damon’s scenes out of the film. I’m glad it happened. And no, I don’t buy that Ross edited him out JUST because of storytelling.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    I’m going to see it this weekend with some friends … can’t wait!

  2. DP says:

    Yay! I’m guessing having a mansplaining, enabler would have absolutely taken away from this film! The women of Oceans 8 do not need him- the trailers look amazing!
    Don’t let the door hit u on the a..

    • bbn says:

      Yep. Making an all-female bound-to-be-a-hit movie and you’re gonna add a cameo from a condescending douche-bro? Cmon. He had no business being there.

      • Jag says:

        Totally agree! I can see it now. Wasn’t going to watch it due to it having the mansplainer in there. (Don’t forget he interrupted and whitesplained Effie Brown, too.)

  3. Mamasan says:

    It was a very enjoyable movie. 😁

  4. StormsMama says:

    You know what though
    It was good on its own merits
    And Matt would’ve distracted
    So I can understand from a story POV he was irrelevant.

    Go see it ladies. And gents. It’s fun.

  5. Cdoggy says:

    M so excited to see this!!! But more importantly, WTF are all of these women wearing???

  6. Lucy says:

    So what did those of y’all who have already seen the movie think of it? I went to see it this past weekend with two friends and had a blast. Is it an absolutely flawless, future Oscar-winning piece? No, but it certainly is a well-achieved, super fun, female-led heist film. I’m so happy they made it, and thrilled about it doing so well in the box office!

    • janetdr says:

      Mr. R and I saw it over the weekend and enjoyed it very much! Very visually appealing, and as you say, fun!

  7. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Yay! Take THAT, Damon!! And I was a big Damon fan. Pfft.

  8. NoShame says:

    I’m sure Sandy Bullock had him cut out after his mansplaining. They would have been asked a ton of questions about it if they kept him in the film. This films celebrates women and his appearance would have been off brand.

  9. Abby says:

    TBH i absolutely forgot all about Matt because he’s been canceled for me long before those comments. I rarely watch anything with him in it.
    Happy the movie did well and it feels like it would have done so on its own without stunt cameos. Haven’t seen it. Not sure when i will be I’ll roll around to seeing it soon.

  10. Marty says:

    “Why was Matt Damon’s cameo mysteriously cut from ‘Ocean’s Eight’?”

    I don’t question blessings.

  11. Regina Falangie says:

    Because he’s a douche bro.

  12. Moonie says:

    Because he’s probably on the brink of a #metoo avalanche…

  13. trh says:

    But he was so good in Down-splaining — er, Matt-sizing — umm, last year’s Alexander Splayne exposition-fest in which the white protagonist makes a move on a disabled woman of color while he thinks she’s asleep. If it had been my film I would’ve had him pecked to death by a murder of crows, and his bones gobbled up by an opossum.

  14. dj says:

    I saw the movie this weekend. It was fun and light. I really loved a movie about jewelry and The Met Gala. However, there was a lot of distracting lip action with Sandra and Mindy. I wanted more Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway was delightful. Everyone in the cast held their own and it was fun. I never heard of Awkwafina before but she was really funny too. Thumbs up.

  15. Char says:

    Good. I hope there are more real world consequences for abusers and their enablers.

  16. Nibbi says:

    Matt Who?

    This is fine to me.
    I would’ve been furious & not wanted to see it had he not been cut. I mean what a crappo message that would have been- oh you ladies can have your feminist lady-fun bad-ass heist movie, but we still need the douche-bros around to, you know, kinda keep things forever the same in Hollywood

  17. Mina says:

    I watched the movie, I enjoyed it, I think all the ladies are great, but I was a little bothered about how superficial it was, and not in the “it’s all fun and glamour” way. There was no tension, everything always worked out perfectly for the girls and the script lacked the witty banter of Soderbergh’s in Ocean’s 11. I would love a sequel that gets to explore he characters more, because I feel we barely get to know them and they all seemed pretty interesting.

  18. Right says:

    Watched the movie today and absolutely adored it. My only complaint is that they should have made bettter use of Mindy Kaling, she’s just amazing alongside Bohan Carter. Blanchet’s clothes were fucking fly, but I feel for everything Bullock wise. She’s only getting better and better!