Matt Damon says daughter inspired him to stop using slur: ‘I understood’

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Matt Damon opened up about how his daughter inspired him to do better.

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In an interview with the Sunday Times, the “Stillwater” actor said that he stopped using a homophobic slur for gay men after his daughter talked with him.

“The word that my daughter calls the f-slur for a homosexual was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application,” Damon said. “I made a joke months ago and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, that’s a joke! I say it in the movie ‘Stuck on You!” She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on how that word is dangerous. I said, ‘I retire the f-slur!’ I understood.”

Damon didn't specify which of his daughters he had this particular interaction with. The actor shares four daughters with his wife, Luciana Barroso: Alexia Barroso, 22, Isabella Damon, 15, Gia Damon, 12, and Stella Damon, 10.

This isn't the first that Damon has gone public with some honest feedback from one of his daughters.

Last month, Damon explained how his teenage daughter says no when it comes to watching any of his movies that show off his acting ability.

The 50-year-old actor said that his 15-year-old Isabella doesn’t want to watch “Good Will Hunting” because she thinks “he may be good in it.”

Damon added that his daughter is very hard on him when it comes to his career.

“My daughter said, ‘Hey, remember that movie you did, 'The Wall?'' She goes, ‘Dad, there was nothing great about that movie.’ I said, ‘It was called 'The Great Wall,'" Damon said.

“She keeps my feet firmly on the ground,” he added.

Despite the strong opinions, Damon expressed how he is relieved that Isabella and his other kids understand how much he loves his work.

“I like that they know that I love my job,” Damon said. “They know it’s time-consuming and a lot of work and that it fills me up.”

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