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Damon: I was lucky to wed civilian

Matt Damon has admitted he feels "lucky" that he didn't marry an actress - because he isn't a target for the paparazzi.

The Elysium star has been married to wife Luciana Barroso for eight years and said the fact that she isn't famous and they lead a quiet life means there is no "appetite" for the sort of press attention some of his fellow Hollywood stars get.

Matt told Esquire magazine: "I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn't double - it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom.

"But I don't really give them anything. If I'm not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there's not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they're always going to get the same story - middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn't change too much, there's no appetite for it."

Matt, 42, revealed he feels for his Ocean's Eleven co-star Brad Pitt, who along with his actress wife Angelina Jolie, is a paparazzi favourite.

He said: "I look at Brad - and I have for years - and when I'm with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space - well, I wonder about that trade.

"I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, 'You b*****d.' Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can't."

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