Matt Damon apologizes for comments on diversity in Hollywood
Segment showing Damon, producer debating sparked online
Matt Damon has apologized for comments regarding diversity in filmmaking that sparked widespread backlash, after a portion of a conversation from HBO's Project Greenlight circulated online.
In the segment, Damon was shown shutting down African-American producer Effie Brown (Dear White People) who made a case that a script dealing with sensitive subjects like prostitution should have a diverse directing team behind it. Damon responded that diversity should be handled in "the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show."
In a statement, Damon said he believes "deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies." His comments, he said, were part of a broader conversation that did not make the show. He also apologized for any offence caused, but is happy that it started a conversation.
Project Greenlight, which also features star and Damon pal Ben Affleck, has returned to air after a decade-long hiatus.
Ooof! Wow! Okay. Thank you for watching the show and getting a great conversation started. I can't wait to hear you on the other episodes!—@dulynotedinc