Minnie Driver shared her thoughts on how to address the topic of sexual abuse in a discussion on Tuesday with The New York Times and the How to Academy.
She also spoke about the comments made by her ex and Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon, who last year suggested that there should be a degree of severity assigned to acts of sexual misconduct .
‘What was interesting about Matt Damon – which was not interesting to the media but was very interesting to me – it’s not that he was an ex-boyfriend or that I had any sort of beef with him because God knows I really don’t like that I haven’t seen him in 20 years, but he represented every intelligent, nice, white male who feels it is their job to comment on the way that women metabolize stuff,’ explained Driver.
‘And what he happened to be talking about in this instance was how women should metabolize abuse.’
Driver then broke down how she interpreted Damon’s comments.
‘That we should somehow have a hierarchical system whereby you know, a touch on the a** is this, the t*** is this, you know, back bottom back bottom, front bottom, over the shirt, rape’ said Driver.
‘You know that there would be some kind of criteria.’
She went on to explain that this was not the only problem with Damon’s comments.
‘He was only talking about how men should be dealt with which of course there should be due process of course there is a judiciary that is in charge of doing that, but when I said that men needed to listen, it was that they needed to listen to the women speak about their assault without being prescribed,’ stated Driver.
The actress did have some kind words for Damon as well however, revealing that the Oscar-winning actor and Ben Affleck both had her back when Harvey Weinstein objected to casting her in Good Will Hunting.
‘He didn’t want to cast me because he said to my face, and the casting director, Ben, Matt, Chris Moore who was the actual producer of the movie like on the set and Gus Van Sant that, and I quote, “I was not f***able,”‘ said Driver.
‘That was my worth and I remember him taking me aside and he was going, “you know I’m doing you a huge favor saying this to you because you need to go for parts where that is not gonna be a problem. You’re not gonna be a leading actress.”‘
Driver continued:’Amd I remember thinking, I remember first of all like wanting to cry ’cause you know every girl wants to think that they she’s attractive. Then I started thinking, I was looking a this dude. What, he’s the great arbirter of who’s f***able. This motherf***er.’
She said that experience left her terrified of Weinstein, but did not keep her from getting the role.
‘The men banded around me. Matt and Ben and Chris Moore and Gus Van Sant said we’re making the film with this girl,’ said Driver.
‘But that stage that stayed with me.’
Damon had spoken about the wave of assault allegations in an ABC interview last year.
‘I think we’re in this watershed moment. I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories, and it’s totally necessary … I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior, right?’ said Damon.
‘And we’re going to have to figure – you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?’
He went on to state: ‘You know, we see somebody like Al Franken, right? I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean? It’s like at what point – you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.’
Driver responded to that on Twitter, saying: ‘God God, SERIOUSLY?’
Shen then followed that up with a tweet that stated: ‘There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape as an excuse or worse – our problem. Such b*****ks.’
Driver also took issue with Damon’s statements about Franken and Louis C.K at that time, much like she did earlier this week.
‘Gosh it’s so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem( *profoundly unsurprising),’ commented the actress.