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True Grit, interview
  • True Grit will now be released on 22 December. Matt talks about his role in the film in the new issue of Empire:

    By his own admission, Damon's turn in True Grit, as Texas Ranger La Beouf, is "a supporting role", which gave the first-time Coen collaborator plenty of chance to cast a (semi) critical eye over the co-directors' remake/reimagining of Hathaway's 1969 Western. And, lo, it's dead good. "It's just a brilliant adaptation," enthuses Damon. "They change stuff to make a two-hour film out of it, but retain so much of the dialogue, and Charles Portis - who is still alive - has an ear for the way people talk. It's a really special script."

    Portis also brought a comic touch to his tales of the old West. It's humour that Damon's ranger will channel amid all the Old Testament-style retribution as 14 year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists Cogburn's (Jeff Bridges) help to track down his father's killer.

    As he explains to Empire, Damon found a surprising inspiration for his character: "We had all worked with Tommy Lee Jones, who is from near where my character is from, in Texas. And Tommy is a really smart guy - I could just sit and listen to him talk. So I played my character like Tommy Lee Jones. He likes to hold court like Tommy Lee, but La Beouf is a windbag - a total jackass..."

  • A list of actresses in contention for the lead role in We Bought a Zoo is at Deadline. The Playlist is reporting a new start date of March 2011.

    Deadline now report that four actresses are actually in the race for that particular role with Scarlett Johansson an apparent leader, [Amy] Adams still in contention, but now joined by two other possibles, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel McAdams.

  • In an interview with the international media just three days after Stella's birth, Matt talked about how his career ambitions have changed at Le Matin (translation below):

    Your acting career must seem far away at times like today?
    My career has never been a priority since I’ve been a father. I love my job and I'm happy to be offered projects, but I think twice before accepting a shoot that takes me away from New York.

  • Matt says he cares less about his career, but does he still remember the rating for each movie? From a presentation with USA Today film critic Claudia Puig and her daughter Danielle:

    Claudia has had 10 years of experience regarding the film world. She is an acclaimed writer, whose opinions are highly sought and read by millions, as well as an exceedingly bright and astute speaker. She has received much praise from actors, directors, and filmmakers alike. "Matt Damon remembers me from right after he was first nominated," Puig says. "He's a smart guy, remembers where he was when he spoke to me, how many stars I gave him for the second Bourne movie. He said to a colleague of mine once to say hi to Claudia," Puig says.

    Danielle is constantly bragging about her mom. She is always telling friends whom her mom is interviewing, and what celebrities remember her. "Matt Damon is obsessed with her. He always remembers the exact star count," Danielle adds.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and family in New York on Monday are at PopSugar and People.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jeff Bridges

    All of Jeff Bridges' appearances to promote True Grit and Tron are available at his website:
    http://www.jeffbridges.com/appearances.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    We bought a zoo

    Another report about Scarlett Johansson being the likely lead for We Bought a Zoo, with a reference to a January to May shooting schedule in LA. Isn't she completely wrong for the role?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/11/04/2010-11-04_married_scarlett_johansson_not_too_keen_on_living_swingle_with_zach_braff_opts_f.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We bought a zoo

    I read somewhere that the role Scarlett is up for is not the wife - but instead some other character.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We bought a zoo

    I think people are interpreting the script wrongly and thinking that the wife has already died. She dies part way through the movie, and there are pretty much no other female roles apart from kids or the grandmother (as per the book).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We bought a zoo

    Scarlett Johansson has now been confirmed and will play Matt's wife in flashbacks. And we're supposed to believe they were married and had (at least) two kids together? There's a 14 year age difference.

    http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/scarlett-johansson-in-zoo-deal-at-fox/

    This report claims she's playing a zookeeper and that Bill Nighy may also have a role:

    http://www.newsinfilm.com/2010/11/05/scarlett-johansson-joins-matt-damon-in-we-bought-a-zoo-movie/

    Edited at 2010-11-06 02:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 6th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We bought a zoo

    Terrible casting!
    They should have gone with Amy Adams....too bad they couldn't get a really mature, great actress like Kate Winslet or something :(
    Although, I wasn't very happy with Bryce Dallas Howard being in Hereafter but she didn't ruin it -
    maybe somehow this will work out too. Hollywood has SUCH issues with age though!!
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We bought a zoo

    Her role is still in doubt. Dartmoor Zoo agrees with the newsinfilm.com report above and claims she's playing a zookeeper:

    DartmoorZoo: Scarlett Johansson's role is undoubtedly a zoo keeper
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Twitter acount

    Hi,

    I wonder if Matt Damon has a Twitter acount?

    I think Matt is a very good actor and I love his movies.

    I think he is a dedicated and intelligent man.

    Looking forward to seeing his next film.

    me
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 4th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Twitter acount

    Matt doesn't have a Twitter account.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt on 30 Rock

    For Australian fans, I just discovered that Channel 7 has the live West Coast episode of 30 Rock on their website, which guest stars Matt Damon, Jon Hamm and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. I thought it was one of their best shows!
    http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/30-rock/-/watch/8258895/thu-4-nov-west-coast-live-version/
    Karen
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt on 30 Rock

    Thanks Karen - I was looking forward to seeing which feed they would broadcast on next Thursday's show. Wonder why they have it up a week early? The quality was great, and nice to see Matt interacting with the cast at the close of the show.

    Strange that the east coast feed link isn't working - maybe they'll fix it.

    Edited at 2010-11-05 12:35 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt on 30 Rock

    In the east coast feed Matt got huge applause. Also the entire show was quite a bit tighter in the EC version.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt on 30 Rock

    Tina Fey on Thursday's Regis and Kelly gave a big spoiler for Matt's character, their relationship and his future on the show. See a post on IMDB for details. (Apparently the episode won't air until spring.)

    Here's the video - Tina said she's been filming the last couple of days with Matt:
    http://www.tinafeyfan.com/

    Edited at 2010-11-06 04:50 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    UK Viewers - Matt Damon Monday 8th Nov 9pm

    Monday 9pm - Sky Channel 151 E Entertainment - Extreme Close Up - Matt Damon - pulls back the curtain on todays biggest superstars to bring fans an intimate look beyond the hype. Froggy
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