Krasinski told us after the screening that he wrote “Promised Land” with Damon at Damon’s house, with Damon’s kids playing not-so-quietly around them. He said that although the environment wasn’t always conducive to writing a screenplay, he and his buddy managed to work quickly, probably because they were so passionate about telling the story about people in small town who must decide whether to let a natural gas company frack -- or drill and extract deposits -- on their land. Krasinski told us that while “Promised Land” will be probably be labeled an anti-fracking film, it really isn’t. He and Damon just wanted to tell an American story about big decisions that affect the individual.
Matt Damon could throw a monkey wrench into the Best Actor race. As I said last week, we already have Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day Lewis, and Denzel Washington. A fifth slot could now pit Damon against his buddy Ben Affleck. And that doesn’t take into account Hugh Jackman from 'Les Miserables.'
A lot will depend on Damon’s own campaign–he wrote the movie with actor John Krasinski, who’s also his co-star. The pair should get a screenplay nomination.