He’s conquered the silver screen with movies like "Jason Bourne," "The Martian," "The Departed" and a slew of other motion pictures, now actor Matt Damon is being sought after for a new role.
The Republic of Finland is seeking the Hollywood star for its centennial celebration through a social media campaign created by the Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C.
The press counselor for the embassy, Sanna Kangasharju, said they are asking Damon for “a video greeting to wish Finland a Happy 100th Birthday, it would be one in a series of 100 video greetings for Finland’s centennial.”
In honor of this monumental occasion, the ‘Land of the Thousand Lakes’ is seeking all famous and prominent Finns or decedents of Finns who are living in the United States and Finland to send a video message congratulating the republic for 100-years of independence.
Even a well known late-night talk show host got in on the action with his own greeting. “We started with a video by Conan O’Brien, he’s super popular in Finland.”
Kangasharju explains that the connection with Matt Damon and Finland are through his great-grandparents who are of Finnish decent on his mother’s side.
A family tree by Geneanet illustrates the details of the Academy Award-winner’s ancestors. “They moved to Minnesota in the end of the 1800s or so and they had a son there.” Kangasharju goes on to say that at some point they also changed their surname from Pajari, which is a very Finnish name, to Paige which is easier to pronounce in America.
Finland has over a half a million social media followers looking for the ultimate Hollywood star’s attention, even creating a black and white flyer to handout with the hashtag Good Finn Hunting.
But, they may have received their best lead yet by way of a Finnish entertainment reporter living in Hollywood who bumped into Damon’s agent on the street. Kangasharju eagerly said, “The agent had said that ‘if they do a video they would do it on Sunday’. So we almost have like a date, so they are definitely now aware of our campaign which is already I think is a big win for us.”
A big win for sure and as imagined the mood is still very optimistic as the clock ticks closer to Finland’s Independence Day on December 6th.
Some even say a video message delivered by Damon would be his ultimate blockbuster moment. Just like any great Hollywood film, we’ll have to wait until the end to find out what happens.
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