Matt Damon stars in Cameron Crowe’s new movie We Bought A Zoo, about an author who used his family’s life savings to buy a struggling zoo and then sets about trying to renovate it as he rebuilds his life following the untimely death of his wife.
For Matt – who has kids Alexia, 13, Isabella, 5, Gia, 3, and Stella, 1, with wife Luciana Barroso – the story was especially poignant when he considered his own life with his family. “The story itself was really just affecting to me,” he said. “Thinking about trying to raise your kids without your partner and also to try to help your kids through that transition of losing their mother. That whole idea kind of gets to me now that I have a wife and kids.”
From the red carpet of the movie’s premiere on Monday (December 12), the Bourne Identity star talked about the movie and how pleased he was to make a movie his wife and daughters could enjoy.
“I’ve seen only a rough cut of it, so I’m really anxious to see how it plays,” he told E! News. “There are people of all ages here and, you know, it felt like – when we were making it – a really good, very uplifting, life-affirming family movie, so I have my whole family here tonight.”