Matt Damon stars as “Bill” in director Tom McCarthy’s STILLWATER, a Focus Features release. Credit Jessica Forde / Focus Features
Matt Damon returns to the big screen with a different kind of role in Stillwater. Damon plays a character who’s battling his personal demons while trying to do what he considers to be the “right” thing to do for his daughter.
Unemployed roughneck Bill Baker (Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon, “Good Will Hunting”) travels from Oklahoma to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Academy Award®-nominee Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”). Imprisoned for a murder she claims she did not commit. Allison seizes on a new tip that could exonerate her and presses Bill to engage her legal team. But Bill, eager to prove his worth and regain his daughters trust, takes matters into his own hands. He is quickly stymied by language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system—until he meets French actress Virginie (Camille Cottin, “Allied”), mother to eight-year-old Maya (Lilou Siauvaud). Together, these unlikely allies embark on a journey of discovery, truth, love and liberation.
Matt Damon won international recognition overnight after his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role and win for best writing screenplay for Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck. Since then he has been in several big budget films like The Talented Mr.Ripley, The Departed, The Martian, Oceans films and Ford v Ferrari among several others. His role as Jason Bourne is stamped in his career with the six Bourne film series. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunited not only to star in the upcoming film but as co-writers for The Last Duel. The film is scheduled to come out later this year.
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I had the privilege to be connected with Matt Damon via Zoom to discuss his participation in Stillwater. He discussed what it was like to play a character whose morality is corrupted by its past. Damon also shared what he integrated into his character and of course the accents.
Focus Features will release STILLWATER in theaters July 30th, 2021.
Source: LRM Exclusives, Focus Features