Matt Damon’s cameo in Ocean’s 8 has been cut from the final version of the movie – a decision which followed protests against his presence in the film late last year following comments he made about sexual harassment and misconduct in the film industry.
Damon’s small role in the newly-released movie, which stars the likes of Sandra Bullock, Rihanna and Mindy Kaling, was put under scrutiny back in December after his comments about the #MeToo movement sparked a backlash.
“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great. But I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole shitload of guys – the preponderance of men I’ve worked with – who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected,” Damon said in an interview with Business Insider.
Those comments sparked a deluge of protests online, including a petition which demanded Damon’s removal from Ocean’s 8 – a campaign which attracted over 28,000 signatures.
With Ocean’s 8 now out in the US – it’ll be released in the UK on June 22 – it has been confirmed that Damon’s presence in the film as his regular Ocean’s character Linus Caldwell has been cut from the final version of the movie.
The makers of Ocean’s 8 have yet to comment, however, on whether their decision to can Damon’s cameo was inspired by both his comments and the subsequent backlash they received.
Damon later apologised for the comments he made, saying that he “wished I’d listened a lot more” before “weighing in” on the topic of sexual harassment and misconduct in Hollywood.