Hollywood star Matt Damon says Mahatma Gandhi inspired him to get involved in humanitarian work.

The Bourne Ultimatum actor, who works closely with Water.org and the ONE campaign, revealed his mother Nancy taught him to help others from a young age, just like Gandhi, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“When I was a boy, my mom had a magnet on the refrigerator with a little picture of Gandhi along with a quote from him. It said: ‘No matter how insignificant what you do may seem, it is important that you do it’,” said Damon.

“I feel strongly about setting an example for them. Real problems can be solved by the next generation if we instil in them the right values. I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to tell anybody how to live,” added Damon.