"If people want to internalize it as a political issue movie, they are going to and we're not going to be able to stop them," said Krasinski. But that's not how he sees it. "In my head, I always just wanted to do a Frank Capra-esque movie. Capra was a genius at toeing that political line in a way that is representative of how it affects all of us rather than sort of this hard-line activist stance on the issue at hand.
Damon echoes the sentiment: "If the movie takes any position, it's don't let big money make big decisions for you. You have to make a decision one way or the other, no matter what it is."
After deciding he wouldn't have enough preparation time to direct the project as he had initially planned, Damon emailed the script to Van Sant in December just as his flight was departing. By the time Damon landed a few hours later, Van Sant had agreed to direct.
"I just wanted to stay out of the way," said Van Sant, likening the style to how he shot "Good Will Hunting." "I wanted the story to tell itself."
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THE SECOND COMING OF JOHN KRASINSKI
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Ben also revealed why he hasn't worked with Matt Damon for a while.
The best friends wrote and starred in the Oscar-winning movie Good Will Hunting, but Ben revealed their friendship was hyped so much it became a distraction from their actual work.
"We wanted to have our own identities; this whole Matt and Ben thing was so strong it kind of upstaged whatever the movie was. I think it's been long enough now, so we're about to do this movie together called Whitey, about this famous gangster [Whitey Bulger] in America. Matt's going to play him and I'm going to direct," he said.