Matt Damon: Snowden did a great thing



Commenting on the CIA fugitive Edward Snowden in a TV interview I conducted for my BBC show, Alternative Cinema, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Matt Damon said that Snowden did a great thing. “If we are going to trade our civil liberties with our safety, then that is a decision we have to make collectively,” he remarked.

The full interview can be seen on BBC Arabic TV Saturday, 24th August at 7:06pm, Monday 10:10pm and Thursday 10:10pm (UK Time). It will also stream live on and will be available online to catch up on after its first broadcast.


Matt Damon played a CIA agent in several movies, including The Bourne series and The Good Shepherd.

His new movie, Elysium, has been released this weekend in the UK.