09:00 PM EDT 08/23/2014
Originally posted 12/03/2009 11:05AM
Matt Damon has plenty of reasons to thank Clint Eastwood for keeping his wife Luciana happy.
"I have come to judge good jobs and good directors by how my wife feels about them," Damon, 39, told guests at Tuesday's Museum of the Moving Image gala in New York City honoring Eastwood, 79. "And my wife loves Clint Eastwood."
In addition to Luciana's approval, Damon heaped praise on the Oscar-winning director for providing the leading man with a balanced family life and the sort of work experience that PEOPLE's 2007 Sexiest Man Alive had always hoped for.
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