If you were wondering how the heck Matt Damon ended up in Thor: Ragnarok, the actor recently did an interview with Collider where he talked briefly about his friendships with director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth. Damon is currently starring in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which has been garnering decidedly mixed reviews from critics, with some hailing the film as one of the year’s best, while others have called it a scattershot, overlong mess. Our own Brian Kronner gave the film a B- and said that it “has some heartwarming parts, but Damon’s performance and character are both underwhelming and forgettable.”
That said, he did score quite a few laughs in his brief Thor: Ragnarok cameo. Check out the excerpt where he talks about it right here:
Chris just called me up, and Taika called me up, and I’m friends with those guys. They pitched me the idea and I just thought it was hysterical, the idea of basically an intergalactic community theater actor kind of living out Tom Hiddleston’s character’s fantasy. I just thought it was just a great, funny bit, and very easy to do. Those guys were a lot of fun, and Taika runs a really fun set. It was a light lift for me.
Damon’s been in kind of a creative rut recently. Besides, The Martian, nothing he’s starred in recently – Suburbicon, The Great Wall, Jason Bourne, The Monuments Men, and Elysium – has been especially good, and it’d be nice to see him return to more lighthearted roles, or at least do some more of the low-budget dramas that put him on the map in the first place.
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, we see that the citizens of Asgard are forced to relocate and find a new home, so hopefully Damon’s character – as well as Sam Neill and Luke Hemsworth, who play Odin and Thor, respectively – makes it to perform more community theater in the next installment.