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More interviews, Elysium
  • A long interview with Bonnie Laufer is available at Tribute.ca. Matt talks about his character in Happy Feet 2, the "awesome" Neill Blomkamp, and screenwriting. Part of the interview is available as text at Flicks and bits:

    Earlier in your career you won an Oscar for writing a screenplay, is screenwriting something you’re looking to get back into?

    Matt Damon: I’ve thought about it. I haven’t felt like a haven’t been writing for the past twelve years, there’s so much crossover with all the different jobs. Even though I don’t get credit for writing I feel like that part of me is fulfilled, that part of creating is fulfilled because if you’re working in a really great environment, the writer, the director, everybody is there just to come up with the best ideas, the best ways of doing things. It’s a very fluid, creative and great process…..and a shared process.

    That’s what it felt like when I was writing with Ben Affleck, it was thinking of the best way to come up with each scene, and that’s what I do everyday so I still feel like that part of my being is engaged everyday at work. But having said that I do miss the quiet of sitting down and writing. I talked to Scott Burns about it last night, he said that there is something nice about going first, because you frame the whole thing. I haven’t gone first in a while, I always come in when the template is already there, I just do a bit of adornment (laughs).

  • The trailer for American Teacher, narrated by Matt, is available here.

  • A long junket interview is at Extra, where Matt talks more about his character in Elysium.

  • A late Vancouver sighting from People:

    On a break from filming his new sci-fi movie Elysium, Matt Damon visited one of Vancouver's most popular attractions with his family: the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. The actor, wife Luciana and their kids were spotted checking out treetop views from all over the park and enjoying the nice weather.

  • A junket interview from Bob Thompson:

    Matt Damon is proud to say he's "rocking" his new shaved-head look.

    "Inspiration can strike at any time," says a smiling Damon, looking over at a bald Steven Soderbergh during a news conference for their latest collaboration, Contagion.

    Soderbergh denies he's put a spell on Damon, but the director admits he does like to pique his interest with acting challenges.

    Besides, Damon's new look is really for the Neill Blomkamp sci-fi film, Elysium, which he's shooting in Vancouver over the next four months.

    And while there are some references to government control as the global pandemic intensifies in Contagion, Damon insists that little should be inferred from the fact that his guy borrows a neighbour's shotgun when police protection breaks down.

    "I was very aware, in the second act, that this is taking place," Damon says, then jokes, "That would usually be about where the zombies would come, and you're going to want a gun for that. I don't care who you are."
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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 1st, 2011 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    Any word yet if Matt will actually be in Venice? I know we will know in a couple of days, but I suck at waiting.




    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've seen one Twitter report that Matt and Gwyneth will be arriving today. Reports on the festival all seem to indicate that he will be attending.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Wilfred

    Did you see this?

    TVTango: Jason Gann about #Wilfred: "I'm unaware about whether he [Matt Damon] has seen the show, but we'd be crazy not to try to bring him on."
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 1st, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Wilfred

    That would be awesome. If any celeb would do it it would be Matt. I really want to know why they picked Matt...you other than he is amazing.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Since he's doing Regis & Kelly next week and there is a ny premiere of contagion looks like he'll be in ny after Venice. Wonder if Lucy is going?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    NY premiere

    Not sure. He's scheduled for Today and Regis and Kelly on the same day next week, and Letterman is still a possibility for 9/9.

    Edited at 2011-09-01 01:48 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Other - arriving in Venice on Saturday?

    George Clooney suggests Matt could run for President (using almost identical wording to Michael Moore - intentional?)

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20524706,00.html

    From that article:
    He will likely be asked about his political ambitions on Saturday, when he arrives in Venice to promote Contagion.

    And 10 questions for Matt from Time, including Red Sox, the teachers rally and water.org:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2091376,00.html

    Edited at 2011-09-01 01:37 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Other - arriving in Venice on Saturday?

    It looks like the People article was fake or has been retracted. Bizarre.

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20524706,00.html
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 1st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, Matt looks so young in that Margaret trailer. It's bizarre to think he shot this at the same time he did The Good Shepherd, a movie in which he looked so much older... amazing what a hairstyle and change in make-up can do.

    Charming comment at the end about Soderbergh's shooting style http://issuu.com/lookatokc/docs/mattdamon831lookatokc

    Also saw a tweet that said Matt would be on BBC Radio 2.

    Paula

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Paula. I'm trying to find that OKC interview in simple text format.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Press conference

    New interview based on the main press conference for Contagion:

    http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/7375461-421/matt-damon-goes-viral-in-contagion.html

    Interview with Alison Haislip just aired on Attack of the Show (AOTS):

    http://g4tv.com/aots


    Edited at 2011-09-01 11:41 pm (UTC)
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