Matt Damon is busy promoting 'Elysium', and he covers the latest issue of Esquire Magazine. He discusses his privacy, and explains that he's able to maintain such a distinction between his public and private persona because he married a non-famous person.
He explains, "I got lucky. I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. 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. 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.”
He adds that someone like Brad Pitt doesn't have the same luxury because he married Angelina Jolie, and the paparazzi and their 'insane level of aggression' will do anything to get their pictures. He also explains, "I remember telling [Brad] 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.”
'Elysium' comes out on August 9th, and in addition to starring Matt Damon, also stars Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, and Alice Braga.