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'Promised Land' Matt Damon: 'Gus Van Sant was the director we needed'

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Matt Damon has described Gus Van Sant as the perfect director for his new film Promised Land.

Damon co-wrote the film with John Krasinski and was also initially slated to direct Promised Land, but ultimately passed off the job to Van Sant.

Matt Damon, was voted People's Sexiest Male Alive back in, 2007

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Gus Van Sant at Cannes premiere of 'Restless'

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Speaking to Buzzine, the actor insisted that he has no regrets about letting Van Sant direct the movie.

"He's such a humanist, and this story needed that," Damon commented. "I mean, the performances in Gus's movies, from his little movies to his bigger movies, always have that feeling of being captured. He just has a way of getting real human behaviour out of the actors."

He further explained: "Gus just has a way of putting everybody at ease and filming the real world. And that's what we really wanted for this, was to feel like a moment in time in the country. Where we are now, where we are today.

Matt Damon
New York premiere of 'We Bought a Zoo' at the Ziegfeld Theater

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"And Hal [Holbrook]'s character speaks to where we've come from, but it's about where we are now and where we're headed. And so Gus was really perfect for that, because the characters needed to all feel like people we know in our real life."

Damon previously joked that Van Sant was a far better director for Promised Land than he would have been.

Promised Land is now playing in the US and opens in the UK on April 19. Watch a trailer below:

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