Matt Damon comes full circle

Matt Damon poses at the premiere of "Promised Land" at the Directors Guild of America...

Matt Damon poses at the premiere of "Promised Land" at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles, California December 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

Even for Matt Damon, writing, producing, directing and starring in Promised Land proved to be too much.

The drama about small-town life, which he co-wrote with John Krasinski, ended up being directed by Gus Van Sant.

"It was tough for me to give it up," says Damon of the director's role, "but John and I had a joke that my greatest contribution as a producer was to fire myself as a director. Which is probably true, cause we got Gus."

Damon, 42, explains that directing would have kept him away from home for about 12 weeks, far too much time away from his wife and four daughters.


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