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Matt Damon appears in a still from his 2010 film Hereafter. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment / Ken Regan

Matt Damon defends teachers during Washington rally - See video

08/03/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Actor Matt Damon was the special keynote speaker at the Save Our Schools March in Washington D.C. on July 30 where he was introduced by his mother Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University in Boston.

While the 40-year-old actor gave praise to educators during his speech, according to CNN, his interaction with a reporter at the rally, which can be seen below, is making headlines.

The reporter questioned the actor about incentives teachers have for working hard on the job and implied that Damon worked hard to be a good actor in order to have job security.

"You think job insecurity is what makes me work hard? I want to be an actor," Damon responded. "See, you take this MBA-style thinking right -- it's the problem with policy right now -- it's this intrinsically paternalistic view of problems that are much more complex than that."

He added, "It's like saying a teacher is going to get lazy when they make tenure. A teacher wants to teach. I mean, why else would you take a [expletive] salary and really long hours and do that job, unless you really love to do it?"

The camera man later entered the conversation with a claim that 10 percent of people in any profession are bad. Damon responded, "Well, OK, maybe you're a [expletive] cameraman, I don't know."

It was reported in June that the actor's father, Kent, is battling multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

Watch Damon's interaction with the reporter at the Save Our Schools March below. Warning: Video contains explicit language.

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