This August, Matt Damon stars in Elysium, a cerebral sci-fi action film from Neill Blomkamp, the man behind 2009’s extraterrestrial apartheid hit District 9. Set in a future where the super-rich live in luxury aboard an orbital space station and everyone else is forced to fight for survival on a depleted planet running on fumes, the film tackles tough social issues like immigration, wealth disparity, health care, and pollution. It also features Matt Damon’s abs, for those who don’t like to think too much.
Damon’s character, Max, is a bruiser who has had a tough life. Blomkamp refers to him as the “archetypal character who just grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but isn’t a bad guy.” Hence the body art: “The idea is that they grew up in this gang environment so each tattoo does have a personal meaning to the character,” says Damon.
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