When [artist id="504144"]Shakira[/artist] sat down to write her song "Men in This Town," she wanted to include her pal and former neighbor [movieperson id="14867"]Matt Damon[/movieperson] in the lyrics. The song, about trying to find the right guy in a sea of wrong guys, idealizes Damon as someone she'd like to date but isn't meant to be with. "Is there a prince in this fable/ For a small-town girl like me?" she sings. "The good ones are gone or not able/ And Matt Damon's not meant for me."
When MTV News caught up with Damon at the "Invictus" junket, the Oscar winner revealed his feelings about being named on the track. "I heard about this. I know, I couldn't believe it," he said. "Somebody told me that recently. Shakira actually sent my wife and I her new [CD] with a sweet note. We know her and she's great, and I'm honored to be in one of her lyrics."
It's easy for Damon to understand a woman like Shakira. His wife, Luciana, was born in Argentina. "Oh yeah, [I'm a fan]," he said. "I live in a Latin house. That's just the way it is."
Shakira recently sat down with MTV News to chat about the song and explained that Damon's name was just the right fit for the tune. "I know Matt Damon," she said. "I know him and his wife. It's all good. This is a song and Damon really rhymed with the other word. Matt Damon is actually a terrific dude — I'm saying it in a good way. What I'm actually saying is there aren't many great guys out there and Matt Damon is one of them. I love Matt Damon. He's so great. He's a good sport, too."