Psychic people are charlatans: Matt Damon

Saturday, January 22, 2011

LONDON - Actor Matt Damon says he refused to visit psychics to research for his role in his latest film “Hereafter” because he thinks they’re fake.

The 40-year-old actor, who plays a psychic in “Hereafter” who can see dead people confesses he didn’t even visit any real-life mystics to research his role.

“Had I found a good one I would have. What I was worried about was that it was just going to take me down this rabbit hole of charlatans. I think a large part of that space is occupied by pretenders, which is not to say there aren’t people out there who are genuinely touched in some way. I just didn’t get a chance to meet any of them,” quoted him as saying.

However, Damon is open-minded to the idea of near-death experiences - after actor Martin Sheen told him about his own almost-fatal heart attack when he was working on the set of “Apocalypse Now”.

“But I did speak to Martin Sheen, who had a near-death experience on ‘Apocalypse Now’ when he had a heart attack. He told me his incredible story one day when we were working on ‘The Departed’ together.

“It’s a very well catalogued experience that a lot of people have had. One person I read was legally dead for 28 minutes, which I think is the record.”

Damon also admitted his discussions have made him less afraid of death.

“It’s interesting. I assume most people are afraid of death, but the people who have had these experiences aren’t. That seems to be one of the things they have in common - that they don’t have any fear of it any more.”

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