In March 2020, simply weeks right into a nationwide shutdown because the Corona Virus started wreaking havoc everywhere in the nation, Matt Damon and his co-stars from Contagion took to the web with a collection of PSAs for COVID-obsessed Americans.
At the time, Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 startlingly correct movie a couple of fictional devastating pandemic discovered new reputation on streaming providers. That prompted Damon (who performed a person resistant to the illness), Kate Winslet and firm to collaborate with medical specialists to encourage folks to belief science and embrace social-distancing.
“You can really sit on the sofa or in a chair, like I’m doing, and watch TV and save a life on the similar time,” stated Damon.
Sixteen months later and the U.S. now has free and available vaccines for a illness that has killed extra than 600,000 Americans — but there stays a powerful vaccine hesitancy amongst many Americans, significantly in additional conservative states like Oklahoma, residence to the Donald Trump-supporting “roughneck” Damon performs in his new dramatic thriller Stillwater. Only 56 p.c of Americans over the age of 12 are totally vaccinated, in keeping with the CDC, even because the extra extremely transmissible Delta variant threatens to create one other lethal wave throughout the nation.
“There are numerous causes that folks have, and I don’t wish to belittle them,” Damon instructed us in an interview this week selling Stillwater, wherein his oil-rig man Bill Baker travels to France to assist his imprisoned daughter (watch above). “It’s powerful for me, I’ve a pair mates who’re immunocompromised and so they can’t get the vaccine, so that they haven’t any selection however to rely on the remainder of us to do our half to get to herd immunity. So I have a look at it that approach.”
For Damon, it comes all the way down to doing what’s greatest for the greater-good and trusting medication and science over the rash of misinformation and irresponsible rhetoric spreading throughout social media.
“I want firstly of this folks got here out and stated, ‘Look, if all of us do that, then we’ll defend one another higher,’ fairly than ‘Well, I’m not on this cohort so I don’t have to fret and it’s not going to harm me that a lot.’ It’s nearly taking a look at this as ‘me’ factor or an ‘us’ factor.”
“But look, it’s a private selection. That’s the fantastic thing about America, it’s a free nation. And none of us would have it some other approach. But I fall closely on the aspect of trusting science extra than something you read on Facebook.”
Stillwater opens July 30.
Watch our 2020 interview with Contagion medical professional Dr. Tracey McNamara:
-Video produced by Jen Kucsak and edited by Jason Fitzpatrick