I’m not an Adonis, that’s for damn sure. I’ve never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn’t matter to me. My favorite actors aren’t Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he’s amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman.
I think there’s a form of honesty, because I used to be very honest with the press, and then it backfired on me, and I understood it.
Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor.
I hated golf when we first started, but a big part of the training process was falling in love with this sport, so I went on tour with the UCLA Team.
I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role.
When you look at golf films before us they’re all – garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can’t beat him.
I don’t know, I just want to be happy. I could be in a hole somewhere. Or I could completely lose it and be some hippy living in the woods with my dad.
I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.
But this is a little different. This is the adult acting. This is a different crowd. It’s more work and more good work. That’s it. People will have their opinion regardless.
I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism.
You never really meet a human being until you live with them or know them for awhile, so this is my clown and they understand that and so these interviews don’t bother them.
You can’t buy back your respect; you can’t buy back your career. You only get one, so I don’t want to mess that up.
I’ve been in fights, but that doesn’t make me cool or like a tough guy or more interesting actor, I’m not proud of it.
I understand why marriages break up over golf. I can’t even talk about my own handicap because it’s too upsetting.
And if you’re a golfer and you watch a golf film and Matt Damon swing, and it’s not great, then you’re not going to believe in the golf story, you’re not going to believe in the rest of the film. That’s the whole movie, so if that swing looks like crap, the movie’s crap.
They’re very, uh, you know, I don’t come from the suburbs and a jolly, Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they’re cool and bare minimum so it’s not always a money issue for me.
We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie. I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends. We got really tight throughout those two weeks.
My neighborhood was rough, but I live a great life now. I don’t fight that much now. I don’t look for it anyway, but if someone hits your mother, whether you’re a star, an accountant, or an astronaut or anything… I mean it’s your mother, so I lost my mind.
And I’m not a personality; otherwise I’d be coming out with an album, performing on MTV. All that stuff is possible and I can do that tomorrow. I just have no need.
And yeah, my handicap was down to a 10 when we were at the thick of it. I trained for six or seven months, golfing every day for six hours, seven days a week, with eight trainers. It was intense.
Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know. Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels? So we’re enjoying it, but I’d stop if it’s not possible.
I turned down twelve films last year… Huge money films, but I had no respect for the writer or the work.
I want my audience to know me for my work, not because of who I’m dating or what drugs I’m on or what club I went to.
So it’s kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they’ve done, I’ve been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect.
I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form.