Damon Appears in 'Clean My Ride' Video

The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 24, 2007; 7:39 PM

NEW YORK -- Would Jason Bourne dress up as a gas pump for a YouTube video? Probably not. But Matt Damon, who plays him on the big screen, is willing to look silly when it comes to raising awareness about global warming.

Damon, who reprises his action role in the upcoming "The Bourne Ultimatum" film, sports the getup during a one-minute cameo in a video that is part of a series called "Clean My Ride, Flex My Fuel."

The 36-year-old actor _ along with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Silverman and Joshua Jackson _ are lending star power to a new campaign aimed at putting pressure on lawmakers to require service stations to sell corn-based ethanol for flexible-fuel cars.

"Come on, Congress," Damon says in the video. "Come on, big oil. Mandate cleaner cars and cleaner fuel. Flex fuel. A little bit of corn and a pinch of can-do attitude is all it takes. And kids love it too. Yippee!"

He then sends up his action-star image, punching out a guy for asking him to do a little dance. "I feel like I'm being `Punk'd,'" he jokes.

The series of five-minute videos, produced by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a think tank based in Washington, also show Affleck _ Damon's longtime friend _ dressed as an ear of corn and vowing to bring down "big oil."

Garner, who is Affleck's wife, makes an appearance in regular garb. Silverman, known for drawing humor out of awkward moments, berates her mother for driving a gas-guzzling car.

The final two videos in the six-part series were set for release Wednesday and Thursday.


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