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  • A new interview with Playboy by author Stephen Rebello is available online - some excerpts:



    We sent Contributing Editor Stephen Rebello, who last interviewed James Franco for Playboy, to talk with Damon in Manhattan. He reports: “I hadn’t seen Matt Damon since we last talked for Playboy in Chicago in 2004. Knowing he can be friendly but dodgy about personal stuff in interviews, I secretly hoped our suite would be stocked with a supply of tall cold beers as it was last time. I needn’t have worried. This time Damon, looking fit and 15 years younger than his 42 years, was much more open. The same appears to be happening on-screen. In a couple of his new movies, beneath Damon’s charm and likability is a new rawness, a vulnerability—the kind that portends an even longer, rewarding career. In conversation he was funny, smart, impassioned and about as ‘regular’ a world-class movie star as one could ever hope to know.”

    PLAYBOY: What else scares you?
    DAMON: I learned that I am afraid of heights. When I was doing Syriana, they arranged for my wife, Lucy, and me to go up to watch the sunset over the Arabian Peninsula from the top of that seven-star Dubai hotel that’s shaped like a sail, the Burj Al Arab. So we go to the very top—60 stories or something—we’re given champagne, and we go, “Oh my God, this is great.” But as I started to walk toward the edge, my legs locked up. I was absolutely frozen. I completely jumped my neocortex and went straight to this primal, full lizard-brain fear state. Lucy was walking all around the edge, while I was about to collapse from fear. She thought it was hysterical.

    PLAYBOY: Has being a husband and father made you more aware of your vulnerability?
    DAMON: I don’t know, but Lucy and the girls can definitely bring me to my knees. They just know. My wife gives me shit because it’s harder for me to discipline my girls, probably because they’re girls. With boys, I could relate more and it would probably be easier. Growing up, girls are so mysterious to us. Even as a grown man, they remain mysterious.

    PLAYBOY: What personal traits of yours do you hope your kids don’t inherit?
    DAMON: My kids came into the world with a kind of hyper obsessiveness and stubbornness that I know I have. I’ve always been competitive. I used to be out-of-control competitive, like when I was playing games, maybe because I grew up with my brother, Kyle, who is three years older. I was always smaller, and it was harder for me to win.

    PLAYBOY: You met [Lucy] 10 years ago. Why is this relationship better than the others?
    DAMON: This is the first relationship I’ve had that wasn’t like work to be in. I never knew it could be like this. There’s always stuff you can work on, of course, but being married and having kids, for me, there’s a lot of romance, but it’s a much bigger endeavor with a lot of nuts-and-bolts problem-solving you have to do together. It’s like building a company.

    PLAYBOY: Are you good at turning up the sensuality and romance with extravagant romantic gestures?
    DAMON: No, I’m shitty at that. I wish I were better because my wife deserves somebody who surprises her with a gift or flowers or some wonderful idea. I’ve never been good at that, and she’s really good at it, which makes me feel even more like shit.

  • Rebello spoke about Matt in a recent interview:

    “Just this morning, the original script supervisor on the film, it was his first job, he came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for giving me back my memory. That’s the Hitch and Alma I remember.’” Getting emotional, Rebello adds, “It’s a great responsibility.” He tells of a bit of advice recently given to him by a well-known actor. “Matt Damon, a really great guy, told me recently, ‘Movies need time, air, a chance to grow and get under your skin, or not.’ I agree with that.”

  • A two-part interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS is also available online, and part 2 is particularly interesting. Some quotes:

    Tavis: Can you see that, when you see yourself on screen? Ooh, I was so bad then?
    Damon: Yeah, I think -
    Tavis: Compared to where you -
    Damon: – actors can be hard on themselves and choices that I made in a scene or choices that I might have been talked into that I wouldn’t be now, or things that I couldn’t connect to because they hadn’t really happened to me yet, they weren’t real enough for me, and as much as I tried I couldn’t quite – I was pushing too hard to get there. I think you get older and somebody tells you to be sad, it’s not a long journey for you. You’ve been sad. Someone tells you to feel joy, and it’s not a big journey for you. You’ve felt joy. Those things are, I think, more accessible to – at least they are to me, as an older guy.

    Tavis: When you come back on this program 20, 25 years from now and you look back on the last couple decades of your career, I’m going to ask you again how things are developing for you. So let me ask in advance of that conversation 20 years from now, where do you want to take this the rest of the way? Where do you – in the long run?
    Damon: I want to keep doing what I’m doing and keep working with the caliber of people that I’m able to work with. I want to direct, I want to keep writing. I want to make movies that say the things that I want to say. I want to be on the right side of history, and I want my kids to be proud of me.

  • A new interview with Matt and John is at the LA Times:



    John usually has his laptop, and we jump around the room gesturing at each other and he writes stuff down," said Damon during a conversation with Krasinski, whom he credits with shepherding the project through. "It's actually the way Ben and I did it. Ben and John are the two funniest guys I know, and it ends up that we just laugh for eight hours straight and at the end we have a few scenes that we really like."

    Krasinski would crisscross North America, meeting up with Damon on weekends in Vancouver, Canada, while Damon was shooting "Elysium," or in New York when the married father of four was back home doting on his household full of women.

    "We wrote in the middle of barbecues, pizza time. I was a villain for a month and a half, the dude that was taking their dad away," said Krasinski, 33, whose wife, Emily Blunt, starred opposite Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau." That's how the men met.

    "John is like a supercomputer. His mind is fast. And I go in real time. I read at the speed in which I talk," said Damon. "John would spit out all these ideas, and it would literally put me into brain freeze, where I would just sit there."

    Which in turn would throw Krasinski into bouts of insecurity seeing Damon's stony reaction to his ideas. "I thought he hated me and wanted me to leave."

    That is until Damon's wife unlocked the secret to that blank stare. "She said, 'You know how Matt works? Before bed, I'll say we've got to do this, pick this kid up, do this with this person, and he would just stare at me and I'd get really furious,'" relayed Krasinski.

    "I'm just trying to make sure I can do everything she says," Damon jumped in.

    "The moment she told me that, the light bulb went off," Krasinksi said. "The second half of [writing] was so much easier. I didn't slow down, but I'd wait. I'd go watch a half hour of television. Then I'd come back and Matt would say, 'Oh, I got it. I like it.'"

  • A photo of Matt going to the gym in LA on Wednesday is at People, with more photos at X17.



  • Water.org will be featured as part of a CNN Christmas Special.

    "Big Stars, Big Giving" is CNN’s special series that shines the spotlight on celebrities and the causes they support. In an American Morning original series, “Big Stars, Big Giving,” Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Elton John, Ben Stiller, Madonna, Martha Stewart and Richard Branson, she shares what causes have become their passion, and how others can get involved. Gary White and Matt Damon, Co-Founders of Water.org are slated for 2012’s holiday special.

  • A photo of Matt attending a lunch meeting with Ben is available at X17. Promised Land didn't receive any nominations, but Coming Soon says Matt was an acting contender.

    Matt Damon in Promised Land (Focus Features) - It's hard to believe that in any year, Matt Damon might be considered an "underdog." His new movie is probably his smallest and most low-profile film, but it's also his first movie since Good Will Hunting in which he co-wrote the script and tailoring the dialogue to his character (or vice versa) which produces absolutely remarkable results. The way he sells his character Steve Butler, a salesman for a corrupt natural gas company, and actually has the audience rooting for him is quite a testament to Damon's skillful performance.

  • Promised Land will be in competition at the Berlin Film Festival next year. A clip of Matt, John and Gus discussing the film at a recent screening is at the LA Times. A longer interview with Matt about the film, and some interesting comments on the long awards circuit, is at Gold Derby.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Other articles

    Different quotes about the Liberace film and Matt denies teaming up with Jeremy for Bourne 5:

    http://www.canada.com/entertainment/Scene+Heard+Promised+Land+Matt+Damon+talks+about+kissing+Michael+Douglas+being+Bourne/7695932/story.html

    Edited at 2012-12-14 10:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Playboy interview

    The Playboy interview is very good. Good pictures,too.
    I will agree with Rebello, he is much more open now.
    Whenever he talks about Lucy or their daughters, you can tell how much he loves them. And evidently, they make him happy.

    His comments about Liberace (NUDITY!!!) (ツ) and the response to the rumors of his own homosexuality, are also very interesting.

    PS: John & Emily are adorable. No wonder why Matt & Lucy are so close with them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Playboy interview

    I loved this interview. What did you think about his response to the moving to la question? Even though they do get papped sometimes for the most part they know how to stay out if the limelight.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: December 14th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    LA TIMES Q&A

    And here it is the LA Times Q&A!!
    http://www.epixhd.com/envelope-screening-series/

    You can see the back of my head sitting right in front of Matt, lol

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: LA TIMES Q&A

    Which one are you? :)

    Congrats!

    Ceci
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Back in NY

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    Tweets from director/writer Rod Lurie (who mistook Rosemarie Dewitt for Rebecca Hall):

    Rod Lurie ‏@RodLurie
    Just saw a whole bunch of amazing perfs in #PromisedLand.#MattDamon, Rebecca Hall, Hal Holbrooke, Frances McDormand wonderful.

    Rod Lurie ‏@RodLurie
    Can't figure out why the terrific #PromisedLand isn't making a whisper in awards season. Loved it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 15th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: airport photos

    I would hate it if my kids had photogs and flashbulbs in the their faces in the dark... awful.
    Paula
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I wouldn´t mind if it turned out he´s was gay, or bifriendly or whatever.
    It´s pretty obvious he´s into women, though. That´s what I think.
    There are lots of interviews in which one can tell he´s not inmune to female charme.
    But how much can we really know?. “I want to believe”

    Anyway, I follow him for what he does publicly, not because of his private life. And because he is a white chocolate miracle.

    I loved the b-roll video, the one on the movie set, every minute of it.
    Promised Land seems great.
    Rosemarie DeWitt is always great, and I also like the fact that she is about the same age and not twelve-to-twenty years younger. I saw “Your sister's sister”, and I´d say she´s better than Emily; maybe because she´s older, as Matt said on the Hollywood Reporter video with the actors.

    I thought it was funny, the comments Matt read, “below average entertainer”, “don´t get his appeal”, that´s exactly how I feel about Leno. It felt almost as if he was saying it to him.

    Ceci
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ceci, Argo

    Ceci,"White Chocolate Miracle" is the best phrase I have heard all year.
    It definitely deserves to be part of the public lexicon. I think I'll put it on a t-shirt. Ha, ha. Kudos!
    Paula

    Also, I saw Lincoln yesterday and it is fantastic. Imo, it is a better, more important movie than Argo (although Argo is very good). Can't wait for Promised Land. So many great movies coming out....

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 17th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Additional filming?

    OLV was reporting that Behind the Candelabra was filming over the weekend, but there were no reports or photos (and Soderbergh was also supposedly filming re-shoots for Bitter Pill also in NY):

    http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2012/12/15/weekend-filming-locations-including-runner-runner-side-effects-wolf-of-wall-street-more/

    Behind the Candelabra, starring Matt Damon, is filming what sounds like a theater or performance scene in NYC on Saturday, if you spot them filming, let us know!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    apparently those pics of matt leaving Bel Air hotel were for a lunch he hosted for 100 guests according to NYPOST
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 17th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, I didn't see that report. Do you have a link? It's not online.

    Edited at 2012-12-17 08:45 am (UTC)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 17th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bel Air Hotel

    Can't find those pics
    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/cindy_adams/death_in_our_backyard_TwwHvmc9EleRWGALgL3vPK
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 17th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bel Air Hotel

    Thank you

    Edited at 2012-12-17 09:22 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 18th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    PopSugar video interview, with a good response to the last question:

    http://www.popsugar.com/Matt-Damon-Interview-Promised-Land-26311820
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 18th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Christmas greetings from stars including Matt (he's last in the video):

    http://www.newscom.com/nc/displayOpenDetail.action?searchString=rtrvideoslive359317
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 18th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Variety screening, LA

    Here's a new video of highlights from the Variety screening in LA with actual new stories:

    http://www.varietyscreeningseries.com/screening/movie_details.aspx?movieid=676&FilmTitle=Promised%20Land&Region=LA

    Before Matt took the script to Frances McDormand's apartment, they showed the initial draft to Ben, Cameron Crowe and Aaron Sorkin.

    Edited at 2012-12-18 11:41 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Video of Matt, Gus and John on Charlie Rose yesterday (pre-taped weeks ago):

    http://www.charlierose.com/

    Video of the Clinton Global Initiative Awards:

    http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2012/clinton_global_citizen_awards/

    Edited at 2012-12-20 12:38 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 14th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    I love to read about Matt Damon but...

    This website no offense it's becoming a little boring just leaving your comments up and maby one or two that you prefer up. So what if I love Matt Damon and show it more then you guys do by the words that I choose to use and I really don't care that he is married with kids I'm still going to say what I feel, just saying.
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