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It's Just a Fracking Movie From Matt Damon

Feb 8, 2013
Matt Damon

Actor Matt Damon hopes to relaunch his new movie Promised Land, about the contentious issue of fracking, after it received only a lukewarm response in the United States.

He said at the Berlin Film Festival that the film's reception in the US was not what "I would have hoped for," adding "sometimes people find movies later on."

Damon, who helped write and produce the film, also stars as the main character, Steve Butler, a salesman sent to a small town to talk residents into selling the rights to extract natural gas from underneath their farmlands to a big energy corporation.

Damon said the idea of the film, which was directed by Gus Van Sant, was not to take on the issue of fracking but to explore the concept of US identity and the loss of a sense of community in the country.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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