updated 07/18/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/19/2011 AT 1:20 PM ET
He can’t say that for some of his high-profile pals.
“I have friends who are like prisoners. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, for instance,” Damon, 40, told German television TELE 5 over the weekend. “They can’t just go someplace. If they go for a walk, it turns into an international incident.”
In contrast, says Damon, “I’m really lucky, because I have the best of both worlds. I do the work that I love and need, but don’t need paramilitary troops to protect me when I walk out my front door.”