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Fascinating Things Most People Don't Know About Matt Damon

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Who is Jason Bourne, really? Matt Damon weaseled his way into the popular consciousness alongside best friend Ben Affleck when the duo nabbed an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1998. Since then, Damon, with more than 70 acting credits, has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. However, Damon maintains he’s an average guy, and makes every attempt to keep his private life as private as possible. That said, information sometimes leaks through the cracks, hence these little known Matt Damon facts.

This list contains a few fascinating Matt Damon stories from before he was famous. Indeed, some of the most obscure Matt Damon facts relate to his childhood. Were you aware he spent a few years in a commune in Boston? Did you know he attended and "fake graduated" from one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools in the country? Did you know Ben and Matt are more than just old friends?

Read about Matt Damon before fame and after. You'll learn why he selects certain movies to star in over others. Let us know which true Matt Damon stories you loved learning about the most in the comments section below.  

  • In His Own Words, He "Fake Graduated" From Harvard

    Photo: Paramount Pictures

    During Damon's 2016 commencement speech at MIT, Damon admitted he attended Harvard but didn't graduate, because his movie career started to take off.

    “I don’t even have a college degree. As you might have heard, I went to Harvard. I just didn’t graduate from Harvard. I got pretty close, but I started to get movie roles and didn’t finish all my courses. I put on a cap and gown and walked with my class; my mom and dad were there and everything; I just never got an actual degree.You could say I kind of fake graduated."

    Damon was only 12 credits short of graduating from the Ivy; he took the time away from class to audition for, then appear in, Geronimo: An American Legend (1993). It wasn't for naught, however. Damon began the screenplay for Good Will Hunting in a playwriting class at Harvard.

  • He Spent Part Of His Childhood In A Commune

    Photo: Paramount Pictures

    Damon's parents divorced when he was two years old. The actor and his brother, Kyle, were raised by their mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at Lesley College. When Matt was 10, he and his family moved into a commune in Central Square, Boston, which was shared with five other families. The experience influenced his political tendencies, which he describes as "democratically leaning from the left.”

  • After Two Failed Relationships, He Refused To Date Anyone In The Industry

    Photo: Warner Bros.

    After dating Minnie Driver and Winona Ryder, Damon decided to only go out with "civilians."

    "If you’re with somebody who’s in the business, it becomes exponentially more severe, the attention does,” he said during a 2004 interview with Boston Magazine.

    "So I think if you don’t date anybody who’s in the movie business, you’re one step ahead. And if you don’t live a garish or obnoxious lifestyle, people tend to lose interest. If you’re not going out to nightclubs and dancing on the tables, the [paparazzi] leave you alone, and once they leave you alone then you’re not in the magazines at all, and then the magazines leave you alone."

    Damon married Argentina-born Luciana Barroso in 2005. The two met in Miami, where she was tending bar. They have four daughters. 

  • He Married His Wife At City Hall

    Despite being a millionaire and celebrity, Damon and wife Lucianna married in a low-key ceremony at City Hall in 2005. According to E! News, the couple agreed to have a big celebration down the road. It took eight years, but in April 2013, they renewed their vows during a $600,000 ceremony in Saint Lucia, surrounded by family and friends.