Ever since Donald Trump became elected President, many celebrities in America have threatened to relocate elsewhere in the world. Actor Matt Damon may be the first one to follow through with this plan.
Multiple news outlets indicate that friends close to the actor are claiming that he and his family are packing their bags and moving to Australia. Apparently, Damon has had enough of Trump and his policies.
"Matt's telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia because he's angry about Trump's policies," a source close to the actor stated.
The reports also follow the news that the Bourne Identity actor recently purchased land in Byron Bay, New South Wales, which isn't too far from fellow actor Chris Hemsworth's home.
"Matt's saying the move will not impact his work -- as he will travel to wherever his projects are shooting. He's also telling friends he wants to have a safe place to raise his kids," the source continued.
Others who have threatened to move out of the United States include Jon Stewart, Raven-Symone, Neve Campbell, Lena Dunham, Cher, Samuel L. Jackson, and Amy Schumer. While these celebrities haven't left just yet, Damon leaving may be the ammunition they needed.
Damon's Rough Year
Prior to this latest development in the actor's life, Damon made headlines quite often in the beginning of 2018. The actor caught severe flak from ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver and friend Alyssa Milano for his "poor choice" of words regarding the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The actor tried to defend the allegations against others who have been accused of sexual misconduct, using comedian Louis C.K. as an example.
Damon apologized for his remarks, but the controversy almost cost him a role in the upcoming Ocean's 8 all-female remake.
The Good Will Hunting star was also scrutinized for allegedly knowing of Weinstein's behavior and not doing anything about it.
Recently, Damon and his long-time friend and frequent collaborator, Ben Affleck, announced that they would be adopting an inclusion rider agreement for all future projects, which means actors are ensured of diversity in casting and production. This provision in a contract covers women, people of color, LGBT people, and people with disabilities.
The announcement follows numerous protests and movements that have taken place after multiple men in Hollywood were outed as sexual predators.