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Matt Damon Is Moving to Australia

On Thursday, a buzz spread due to actor Matt Damon's new purchase: a home in Australia. According to reports, the 'Bourne' franchise star was trying to get his family out of the country because he doesn't support President Donald Trump. Damon's representatives have spoken out to say that the president has nothing to do with the family's decision to move.

Despite that, people are now threatening to boycott his movies.

Page Six first reported that Damon purchased a property in Byron Bay, New South Wales. A source who is supposed to be close to the Oscar-winning filmmaker claims that it's a political move.

"Matt's been telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia," the source told Page Six, noting that it's President Trump's policies that are driving him out of the country.

When Trump was running in the 2016 election, half the celebrities in Hollywood vowed to leave the country if he won. After Trump took office, many were called out on those threats, though very few followed through with a move.

Damon has no intention of retiring, however. He still plans to continue working on films for Hollywood. "Matt's saying the move will not impact his work -- as he will travel to wherever his projects are shooting," the source said. "He's also telling friends he wants to have a safe place to raise his kids."

Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, have four children: 11-year-old Isabella, 9-year-old Gia, 7-year-old Stella, and Luciana's child from a previous marriage, 18- year-old Alexia Barroso.

Jennifer Allen, a representative for Damon, told the Boston Globe in an email that the story is completely false, including the part about the family purchasing property.

"Matt has visited Australia several times recently," said Allen, "But he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there."

Damon is currently producing 'Witness for the Prosecution', an adaption of an Agetha Christie novel. The film is starring Damon's old friend and colleague, Ben Affleck. Other than that, the only film he will be in coming up in the near future is a cameo in 'Ocean's 8', an all-female spinoff of the popular feature film 'Ocean's 11'.

Damon and Affleck have recently announced that in their future films, they will be on board with the inclusion rider movement. Academy Award winner Francis McDormand promoted the inclusion rider in her Oscar acceptance speech, which would require at least 50% of cast and crew on a film be diverse. Damon is one of the first filmmakers to jump on the inclusion rider bandwagon.

“Thank you for always supporting broader representation in the industry. On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward,” read a Twitter announcement by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni.

“It’s great to see Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and the Pearl Street Films team using their influence to create opportunities for people from underrepresented groups to enter the industry. The Inclusion Rider is an important tool for Hollywood, and other industries, to create workplaces that truly reflect our diverse world," tweeted Kalpana Kotagal, one of the lawyers behind the inclusion rider, in response to the announcement.

Source: AOL
Photos: Nicolas Genin,Closer Weekly

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