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SuperValu superstar Matt Damon says people of Dalkey were 'really nice and open and helpful'

One of my daughters said to me just the other day, just out of the blue, she goes, ‘You know, I could live in Ireland’

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Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matt Damon has said that the people of Dalkey were “really nice and open and helpful” during his stay last year.

The Hollywood actor spent the first lockdown in the seaside town and was dubbed an honorary Irish treasure after he was photographed going for a swim and holding a SuperValu bag.

Speaking to AP News about his latest film Stillwater, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week, he explained that he has had much better experiences living in new communities than his character Bill.

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Matt Damon and his SuperValu bag

Matt Damon and his SuperValu bag

Matt Damon and his SuperValu bag

 

“I’m much more taken care of than Bill by any community I parachute into,” Damon said. 

“People tend to just be really nice and open and helpful.”

The Boston native recently spoke of his Dalkey days with The Irish Times and joked that he hopes he doesn’t mess up his coveted title as an Irish folk hero.

“I was so surprised by all of it,” he said. “Listen, if any of us Hollywood types knew that, you’d see everybody turning up with those SuperValu bags wandering around trying to get their picture taken. But no, I didn’t know... 

“It wasn’t even like a paparazzi shot or anything, because there weren’t any of those. It was just someone who I grabbed a picture with and I was holding the bag... I mean when you’re living there, that’s where you shop.”

Damon added that Australia’s stunning Byron Bay, where he has been filming Thor: Love and Thunder, is nothing compared to Ireland.

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“There’s no comparison man, we love [Ireland] so much. One of my daughters said to me just the other day, just out of the blue, she goes, ‘You know, I could live in Ireland.’ 

“It was such a strange time because we got there just as the lockdown started and we lived there for three months, and then went back to finish the movie and lived under kind of even more draconian rules... so it’s funny that they love it so much. 

“I don’t know if there’s something about just the fact that we didn’t do any sightseeing. They just kind of lived there as locals for about six months of last year.”

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