Matt Damon has been given a wake-up call by his teenage daughter regarding his casual use of gay slurs and has vowed to retire the words from his vocabulary.
During an interview with The Sunday Times, the Jason Bourne-star candidly announced: “The word that my daughter calls the ‘f-slur for a homosexual’ was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application.”
The actor then went on to explain that his daughter accosted him over the matter after he jokingly used the phrase at the dinner table, causing her great upset.
Damon, who has three daughters, added: “She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!’ She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”
The film in reference, Stuck on You, was a 2003 comedy film that starred Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins traversing the issues of the dating world. Unfortunately, nobody knows the joke in question because the film hasn’t actually been watched thus far this decade.
During the interview, Damon was promoting his latest film Stillwater which is due in cinemas this week after making a promising premiere at Cannes Film Festival.