Matt Damon, an actor famous for playing very intense action roles, has a very sympathetic (read: liberal) side to him. He and John Krasinski wanted to write a movie condemning the evil practice of fracking (and my darn spell check still doesn’t think that’s a word). It follows the usual hollywood lines: successful but ignorant corporate goon meets beautiful environmentalist, she shows him the megasyndicate’s evil ways (apparently, that’s not a word either), and he must ride to the rescue of the little guy, abandoning his wealthy life to raise chickens on a windmill-powered self-sustaining hydrofarm (come on, I know that’s a word).
…according to sources close to the movie, they’ve come up with a solution — suggest that anti-fracking fraudsters are really secret agents employed by the fossil-fuel industry to discredit the environmental movement.
In the revised script, Damon exposes Krasinski as a fraud — only to realize that Krasinski’s character is working deep undercover for the oil industry to smear fracking opponents.
Hollywood is worried about declining theater audiences; it’s blaming the Internet and the recession. But the real problem might be closer to home.