November 3, 2009
The New York Times
Mr. Damon said he also was becoming more comfortable using his celebrity on causes he supports, though he has made sure to work on nonpartisan issues like clean water for the world’s poor through Water.org, a nonprofit group that he helped found. “I’m trying to get involved with something you can’t really argue with,” he said.
But he’s also not afraid to show his political stripes. His was a lefty bohemian upbringing in the Boston suburbs. As a child he lived next door to the historian Howard Zinn and had one of the first copies of Mr. Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States,” which is name checked in “Good Will Hunting.” Mr. Damon is also an executive producer of “The People Speak,” a documentary featuring dramatic readings inspired by “A People’s History,” set to be broadcast Dec. 13 on the History Channel.
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