Newswire: Matt Damon politely tries to support his friend’s silly comic book movie

When a person asks for their friend’s opinion on some new thing—like a haircut or an outfit—they’ll often say that they want the friend to “be totally honest.” This is obviously a trap, though. People don’t want their friends to be totally honest, they want their friends to reaffirm their own beliefs. The correct response, then, is something along the lines of “well, do you like it?” which puts the onus on them to determine whether or not the thing is good.

For friends who are famous, the stakes of a “be totally honest” scenario are significantly higher. Instead of asking about a haircut or an outfit, they’ll ask about a really expensive haircut or outfit, or maybe even a huge comic book movie that has so much riding on its success that countless people could be ruined if it’s not a hit …

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