The Great Wall actor shares his thoughts on President Trump's plan to build a wall at the US-Mexico border

By Kara Warner
February 15, 2017 03:30 PM
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When Matt Damon started production on his new movie The Great Wall in 2015, no one could have predicted that we’d be talking about another kind of wall around the time of the film’s release — President Trump‘s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.

When PEOPLE caught up with Damon recently to discuss his role in the mythological monster movie, which revolves around The Great Wall of China, we asked him for his thoughts on Trump’s version.

“I’m not a believer in walls,” says Damon. “I believe that history belongs to the cooperators and nor am I of a mind that Mexico is going to pay for our infrastructure anymore than we’re going to pay for their highways, you know what I mean? That’s just not going to happen but, that’s where we are and we’ll see how it all plays out.”

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He adds: ” We’ve got to watch, but hopefully the people of Mexico understand that the people of our country, the majority of them don’t believe that we should be putting any walls up.”

The Great Wall opens in theaters Feb. 17.