Matt Damon says he quit

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Matt Damon says he pulled out of directing movie The Promised Land as he couldn’t be away from his children.

Matt, 40, who co-wrote and starred in the gritty film about the oil industry, said directing it as well was one step too far – and he quit just two weeks before work was due to start.

‘I had been away from my kids, and then I got back and had to do a really intense week or two of press for We Bought A Zoo,’ he says to Collider.com.

‘On December 15th, my last thing was The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and I finished it and got home and my year was over.

‘I looked at the calendar and realised that, to get the movie out, I had to go into pre-production on January 2nd [2012].

‘I just couldn’t leave the kids again.’

Matt has Isabella, six, Gia, four, Stella, two, and is stepfather to Alexia, wife Luciana Bozán Barroso‘s daughter from a previous relationship.