Matt Damon has taken a humorous jab at billionaire Republican candidate Donald Trump by endorsing the idea of a massive wall across the American border to reduce the crossing of illegal immigrants…and “white walkers.”
Trump’s suggestion was aimed at the United States’ border with Mexico, but that didn’t stop Damon from making a crack about his nation’s other, much larger, border.
“Coming up here to Canada, you know, I’ve been many times. I’ve worked here extensively over the years,” he told The Associated Press. “I’ve been to the Toronto Film Festival, I don’t know, 10 or 15 times over the years.
“I love it here.”
With just a hint of a mischievous smile, the actor went on to add a little ice and fire to his statement.
“But, I’m really glad that we’re gonna be putting up this wall, you know, to separate these Canadians from coming in. I think it’s a really good allocation of our resources.
“A big wall because, remember, they’re athletic. They’re an athletic, outdoorsy people so we’re gonna need a few storeys.
“Maybe kind of like the Game of Thrones wall to the north. You guys are white walkers. We’ve gotta keep you guys out,” Damon added with a grin.
Apparently that means Canada’s next elected prime minister can also put “King Beyond The Wall” on their business card.
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The interview was conducted in Toronto while the actor was in town for the international debut of his new feature film, The Martian, in which he plays an astronaut stranded on Mars.
The movie – which opens October 2 in theatres across North America – is based on a novel by Andrew Weir and was directed by Ridley Scott. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kata Mara also star.
— With files from The Associated Press