No, Matt Damon Is Not Moving to Australia to Escape Trump

“Downsizing” star has visited Oz, but staying put in LA

Last Updated: March 15, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Sorry, Jimmy Kimmel — but Oscar winner Matt Damon has no plans to flee the United States and President Donald Trump.

A Damon spokesperson shot down a Thursday Page Six report that the actor has quietly been “telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he’s moving the family to Australia” over his disagreements with the Trump administration’s policies.

“Matt has visited Australia several times recently, but he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there,” his rep said.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, native has several U.S. properties he’d need to unload or rent off — including homes in Los Angeles, Miami and an apartment in Brooklyn. Damon’s Pearl Street Productions, which recently pledged to use the inclusion rider Frances McDormand unleashed on Hollywood in her recent Oscars speech, is also based in L.A. under the star and partner Ben Affleck.

Damon staying put should not suggest he agrees with Trump — the actor has frequently taken swipes at the leader in interviews.

In response to protests last summer made by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Viriginia, Damon said “to see these young, aggrieved, white boys walking with their torches and screaming ‘Jews will not replace us!’ It was just shocking. Then the night that the President [made his] ‘many sides’ comment was absolutely abhorrent.”

Damon is also outspoken about education, as his mother is an early childhood education professor. He also works with philanthropic organizations like Water.org and Feeding America.

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