Matt Damon sparked a bit of controversy after his comments on diversity during Project Greenlight‘s premiere episode on Sunday night!
When discussing which director to helm the project on this season of the HBO docu-series, it appeared that The Martian star was disregarding producer Effie Brown‘s concerns about the need for diverse hiring processes, to which he responded:
“When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.”
After receiving significant backlash for seemingly explaining diversity to Brown, the Oscar winner has issued an apology.
While he says the quick exchange was a part of a much larger conversation, Damon is glad that the debate could promote a dialogue about diversity in Hollywood. He said:
“I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching Project Greenlight to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too. My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”
Ooof! Wow! Okay. Thank you for watching the show and getting a great conversation started. I can’t wait to hear you on the other episodes!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Effie Brown (@dulynotedinc) September 15, 2015
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