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Damon: My kids don’t think I’m cool

Matt Damon finds it impossible to impress his family.

The 44-year-old actor is one of the hottest names in Hollywood, with The Bourne franchise and Good Will Hunting just some of the successful films on his résumé.

While he has countless fans desperate to meet their idol, things are a lot more relaxed at home with his wife Luciana Barroso and their kids Gia, Isabella and Stella, as well as Luciana's daughter Alexia from a previous relationship.

"I try to tell them [how cool I am]," he laughed to ET. "My wife doesn't really even get that either. But that’s alright. I’ll keep them around.

"My younger ones have basically seen Happy Feet 2 and Spirit, which is a movie I did a long time ago."

However, Matt and Luciana were able to take Alexia, 17, to see his new film The Martian at its Toronto Film Festival premiere. In it he plays astronaut Mark Watney, who is left stranded on Mars when his crew presume he's dead after a fierce storm.

"She loved it. The movie is like a love letter to science. It's a very optimistic, hopeful, uplifting movie. She was into it," Matt smiled about Alexia's viewing.

His new movie has received rave reviews, but the star got himself into hot water recently when addressing diversity in the industry. African American producer Effie Brown is currently aiding Matt and his pal Ben Affleck with their HBO Project Greenlight, a show in which aspiring filmmakers are chosen to make a feature film.

During a discussion in which Effie shared her fears that one of the film's only black people is a prostitute, she added that she feels a person of colour should direct that to give it dignity, Matt interrupted her with his views on the topic.

“When we’re talking about diversity you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show," he pointed out.

Social media reacted in an uproar, with one Twitter user commenting: "matt damon interrupted effie brown, a WoC filmmaker to explain diversity, i love irony (sic)"

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