Los Angeles: Actor Matt Damon, whose film "Promised Land" focuses on social and environmental issues, said that the movie is not pro-fracking.
In the film, the 42-year-old actor plays a corporate salesman, who tries to buy a land in a rural US town to drill oil with a controversial method known as "fracking," reported Ace Showbiz.
"We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed," said Damon, who originally eyed the film as his directorial debut.
"The point is that the movie should start a conversation. It's certainly not a pro-fracking movie, but we didn't want to tell people what to think," he added.
Still, Damon said that writer John Krasinski never set out to make a socially conscious movie, noting that the "fracking" subject was added later as a backdrop to the story.
"It wasn't that we said we wanted to make a movie about 'fracking' as much as we wanted to make a movie about American identity, about real people. We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed.
"'Fracking' was perfect because the stakes are so incredibly high and people are so divided. It asks all the questions about short-term thinking versus long-term thinking," he said.