In March 2020, simply weeks right into a nationwide shutdown because the coronavirus started wreaking havoc all around the nation, Matt Damon and his co-stars from Contagion took to the web with a collection of PSAs for COVID-obsessed Individuals.
On the time, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 startlingly correct movie a couple of fictional devastating pandemic discovered new recognition on streaming companies. That prompted Damon (who performed a person resistant to the illness), Kate Winslet and firm to collaborate with medical specialists to encourage individuals to belief science and embrace social-distancing.
“You’ll be able to really sit on the sofa or in a chair, like I’m doing, and watch TV and save a life on the similar time,” stated Damon.
Sixteen months later and the U.S. now has free and available vaccines for a illness that has killed greater than 600,000 Individuals — but there stays a powerful vaccine hesitancy amongst many Individuals, notably in additional conservative states like Oklahoma, house to the Donald Trump-supporting “roughneck” Damon performs in his new dramatic thriller Stillwater. Solely 56 p.c of Individuals over the age of 12 are totally vaccinated, in accordance with the CDC, even because the extra extremely transmissible Delta variant threatens to create one other lethal wave throughout the nation.
“There are a whole lot of causes that individuals have, and I don’t wish to belittle them,” Damon informed us in an interview this week selling Stillwater, during which his oil-rig man Invoice Baker travels to France to help his imprisoned daughter (watch above). “It’s powerful for me, I’ve a pair associates who’re immunocompromised they usually can’t get the vaccine, so that they haven’t any alternative however to depend on the remainder of us to do our half to get to herd immunity. So I take a look at it that approach.”
For Damon, it comes all the way down to doing what’s finest for the greater-good and trusting drugs and science over the rash of misinformation and irresponsible rhetoric spreading throughout social media.
“I want initially of this individuals got here out and stated, ‘Look, if all of us do that, then we’ll shield one another higher,’ reasonably than ‘Properly, I’m not on this cohort so I don’t have to fret and it’s not going to harm me that a lot.’ It’s nearly taking a look at this as ‘me’ factor or an ‘us’ factor.”
“However look, it’s a private alternative. That’s the fantastic thing about America, it’s a free nation. And none of us would have it every other approach. However I fall closely on the facet of trusting science greater than one thing you learn on Fb.”
Stillwater opens July 30.
— Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick
Watch our 2020 interview with Contagion medical professional Dr. Tracey McNamara: