Matt Damon Slammed For His Insensitive Research, But Was He In The Wrong?

Matt Damon has earned critical acclaim for his work in Stillwater, but he’s now facing some harsh criticism. Did the Good Will Hunting star really do anything wrong as Amanda Knox says? Here’s what Gossip Cop has to say. Amanda Knox Is Upset Amanda Knox became a media sensation when she was convicted of murdering […]

Matt Damon Slammed For His Insensitive Research, But Was He In The Wrong?

Matt Damon has earned critical acclaim for his work in Stillwater, but he’s now facing some harsh criticism. Did the Good Will Hunting star really do anything wrong as Amanda Knox says? Here’s what Gossip Cop has to say.

Amanda Knox Is Upset

Amanda Knox became a media sensation when she was convicted of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy in 2007. She spent a few years in an Italian prison before the real killer, Rudy Guede, was arrested. Knox was completely exonerated, but the character assassination continues to haunt her. Despite being a completely innocent figure, it’s still known as the “Amanda Knox Case.”

Case and point, Stillwater. The film’s director, Tom McCarthy, has admitted that the case inspired the film’s story. Knox took to Twitter on Thursday to voice her frustration.

Knox added that her name is being used to drive traffic for both the press and for the film without her seeing a dime. She extended an invitation to McCarthy and Damon to go on her podcast Labyrinths to discuss the whole incident.

Did Damon Mess Up?

Knox has a right to be upset. Her name is closely associated with the film and she’s not getting a chance to advocate for herself. Whether or not Damon should be attacked, however, is up for debate.

Damon is integral to the advertising of Stillwater and is easily the film’s biggest star. However, this is a Tom McCarthy project through and through. McCarthy produced, directed, and wrote the film. The creative decisions in the movie weren’t really up to Damon whatsoever.

Damon Worked With Others

Damon only controlled his character Bill Baker, a “roughneck” oil rigger from Oklahoma. To prepare for the role, Damon spent weeks in Oklahoma talking to local roughnecks. 

He said the locals were wary at first, but “when they realized what we were doing, the angle that we took, and the empathy that the film has for Bill, they really gave us incredible access to their lives and really helped us.” He added that the portrayal is “entirely possible because of the access that those guys gave me.”

You can’t really attack Damon for not doing his research, as he clearly wanted to connect to the culture he would be portraying on screen. Abigail Breslin, who portrays the Knox-analog character, may be a more accurate target, but even still, it’s not a retelling of Amanda Knox’s story, and while it served as inspiration, it is different and Breslin is not playing Knox. It remains to be seen if McCarthy or Damon will take Knox up on her podcast offer.

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Are Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky getting married? One report says the two are getting ready for the next step. Gossip Cop investigates. Soul Mates According to the National Enquirer, Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky have made a home of Malibu. The two are reportedly smitten with each other and plan to announce their engagement […]

Report: ‘Smitten’ Lady Gaga Engaged To Boyfriend, ‘Gearing Up For Next Step’

Are Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky getting married? One report says the two are getting ready for the next step. Gossip Cop investigates.

Soul Mates

According to the National Enquirer, Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky have made a home of Malibu. The two are reportedly smitten with each other and plan to announce their engagement very soon. A source explains that the two got closer after Gaga’s dog’s got kidnapped, and now, the source says, “she doesn’t know what she’d do without him.” The insider adds that Gaga “believes Michael Polansky is her soul mate.”

Polansky, the tipster shares, loves everything about her, even her hypochondria. He’s apparently already started looking for a unique engagement ring that can match Gaga’s artistic personality. An insider concludes, “She knows she wants to spend the rest of her life with this guy, and the feeling’s mutual.”

So No Engagement?

This story devolves as it goes along. The title “Gaga And Her Guy Gear Up For Next Step” implies that they’re actively planning their future together. The article itself starts by saying they’ll announce an engagement soon, but it later says Polansky hasn’t even purchased a ring yet. This lack of continuity betrays that the Enquirer just wants to sell an exciting story regardless of reality.

In essence, this story is just saying Gaga and Polansky are in love. This is completely true, for in March Gaga said that “all I need” is Polansky and her doggies. Gossip Cop wouldn’t be surprised at all if they got engaged soon, but nothing’s happened yet. Therefore, this story can only be speculation. Time will tell if this happy couple does tie the knot, but that won’t repair this magazine’s putrid reputation.

A Bad Romance With Gaga

This tabloid has proven time and again to know nothing at all about Lady Gaga’s personal life. Last December, it claimed she was dating Brad Pitt. Before that, she was supposedly dating Bradley Cooper. There were a million stories about Cooper and Gaga dating because of A Star Is Born, but that simply never happened. She and Polansky started dating in 2019, yet these romances were still trumped up by this rotten tabloid.

There’s not a peep about Cooper or Pitt in this engagement story, just as there’s no peep about the supposed Lady Gaga biopic the Enquirer wrote about in 2019. There is no such movie in the works, thus shattering this outlet’s credibility. Claiming Polansky and Gaga will soon get engaged is a safe bet, but this terrible track record proves that it’s only a guess. Stay tuned to Gossip Cop for all the latest Gaga news.

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