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  • More interview excerpts from the Newsday, Examiner and the NY Post:

    New York Post
    When’s the last time you talked to Paul about it [Bourne]?
    Oh, two weeks ago. We talk a lot. We’re always looking for stuff to do together, and Bourne comes up every time we talk. We’ve held out at this point because we didn’t have it and we’re not going to go until we have a script. I talked to Jonah Nolan [director Chris’ brother] about it, because he did such a great job with the Batman mythology. He’s a friend, and he really took a hard charge at it and couldn’t crack it, so that said a lot.

    Speaking of Batman, have you ever been offered a superhero role?
    I got offered “Daredevil” way back when. That was the comic Ben and I read growing up. But the script wasn’t there, and then Ben did it, and I was like, “Dude, why are you doing this movie?” Ben, being the perennial optimist, explained the eight things that needed to happen to fix the script, and he was, of course, right. But he wasn’t the director. Although the movie was very successful, it wasn’t the movie he wanted to make.

    What’s your vote for Best Picture this year?
    There’s a bunch I haven’t seen. I haven’t seen “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Zero Dark Thirty.” I’ve been remiss, and my screeners haven’t come in, and I have four little kids, man, so I don’t go to the movies much. There are years that I don’t vote because I don’t see everything, so I’m diligent about that.

    Examiner
    Q: Does that mean you have to wait until all your kids are in school before you direct a film?
    Damon: I could take them (on location). We could go on an adventure together somewhere. Originally, this was supposed to be shot in New York. But then as we started really looking at (logistics) and realized we were going to have to either go upstate or to Pennsylvania. So I would have been 12 weeks away (from home) in pre-production, plus six or seven weeks shooting. That was too much time.

    Q: Speaking of your family, your wife, Luciana, is from Argentina. Do your children speak Spanish?
    Damon: Yeah. My 2-year-old is bilingual. My 4-year-old is not. We’ve been reading about how to do (teach bilingualism) but, so far, we’ve been hit or miss. Now, we’re rigorous with our 2-year-old.

    Q: Do you speak Spanish?
    Damon: A little bit. I keep dreaming that (Spanish director) Pedro Almodovar or (Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez) Inarritu will give me a job so I can go to a Spanish-speaking country and we can bring the kids. My wife, Lucy, is truly bilingual. The kids hear a lot of Spanish around the house.

    Newsday
    You also recently finished "Elysium," a macho sci-fi flick in which you return to the action scene. How much longer do you think you can continue kicking cinematic butt?
    If I look at the role and I can believe myself in it, I'll go for it. Bruce Willis is still pulling it off. Tom Cruise is 50, and looks 30. It's more a question of how I take care of myself. I'm 42 now; I figure I have some time.

    I'm assuming in your personal life you aren't excessively macho, especially because you live with five women -- your wife (Luciana Barroso), your three daughters, and your wife's daughter from a previous marriage. What's that like?
    It's the full spectrum of experiences from the greatest joy, to sometimes I want to go out the window. Girls engage with the world so differently. The good thing about New York is the parks, and you can go for a walk by yourself.

  • From an interview with Gus Van Sant at Collider:

    Collider: When you got an email from Matt Damon saying, “Will you read this script?,” did you have any hesitation about signing on to direct, or would you have said yes regardless?
    GUS VAN SANT: I have said no to other projects that Matt sent me. The thing about this one was that he had a hand in writing it, so I knew that it was probably something that I would like. Casey Affleck has actually written a few scripts that are always very, very human, very heartfelt stories. Matt, Ben and Casey all have similarities, in what they think is a movie. I don’t know where they got that. But, I knew it was going to be something similar to those other screenplays that I was used to reading. I almost didn’t hesitate, but then I thought, “Well, I better make sure.” But, it was great.

    Are there friends or family whose opinions you always ask for?
    VAN SANT: I show it to friends, yeah. In the case of this, I was very interested to hear what some fellow filmmakers thought. I know that they’re different filmmakers from myself, so they have different ideas. They’re interpreting it through their own thing, so I don’t take it verbatim. It’s their perception. Sometimes you have a specific question and you ask filmmakers, and their answers are very much them. We asked Cameron Crowe and Steven Soderbergh a question. Cameron’s answer was very Cameron Crowe. Soderbergh’s answer was very much as if it were a Soderbergh movie. So, then you go, “Okay, that’s what they would do. What would I do?” And in the end, you go, “Well, I should just do what I would do.” Unless you’re aiming for something very specific, your questions aren’t necessarily answerable. Sometimes you just want to know, “Did you understand that that guy was her brother?” And if they go, “I didn’t know that. That makes the story completely different,” that’s because you’re not explaining things clearly. Specific things are one thing. If you ask, “Artistically, should we have this one scene in the movie?,” people will come up with all kinds of answers with completely different reasons behind them.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2013 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Year

    I know some people already said that but I want to thank you by myself for your job on this website: you give us a lot of so interesting informations and I think it's a very complete review of what happens about Matt, concerning his job or his private life. The comments also are always smart (no mushy girl!)Thanks Paula and Marcia,Ceci,Greg and the others!!It's a kind of little world.I also want to wish for all of you and the Matt'fans (and to Matt!) a very Happy New Year with many excellent movies. (forgive my english mistakes...however since I read your site everyday, I make many progress!)
    B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 2nd, 2013 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Year

    Thanks very much B - please keep contributing to the site.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 5th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New Year

    Thank you B.!! I'm new to this wonderful blog. Thanks for including me. I'm super glad I stumbled upon it and that it exists. More than happy to contribute what I can to share!
    Happy New Year to you as well :o)

    Greg
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 4th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/03/promised-land-review/1765207/
    Damon's performance as corporate salesman Steve Butler is one of his best. Initially a true believer in the cause, Steve, informed by his own rural roots, sees his conviction falter over time. Damon is low-key and well-meaning as his character becomes increasingly conflicted.

    Profile is not yet up:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/01/03/matt-damon-promised-land/1807047/

    Family back to LA? Matt may be back for the TCA event, scheduled for Friday.
    Newspusher Celebrity‏@NP_Celebrities
    Matt Damon With His Family Arrive at Lax http://dlvr.it/2l4dYn

    Edited at 2013-01-04 12:32 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 4th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting story about how one part of the US which sits on shale deposits will have difficulty seeing the movie because what is played in theaters there is controlled by owners out of state (a big oil state).
    Paula
    http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/64441/group/News/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 4th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews, TCA

    USA Today interview:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/01/04/matt-damon-promised-land/1807047/

    Behind the Candelabra press release before the TCA appearance in LA today with Michael Douglas and a promotional cookie:

    http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2013/01/04/michael-douglas-and-matt-damon-star-in-hbo-films-behind-the-candelabra-executive-produced-by-jerry-weintraub-directed-by-steven-soderbergh-from-a-script-by-richard-lagravenese-936513/20130104hbo07/

    http://instagram.com/p/UE8lU2tcXO/

    Laura Prudom ‏@LauinLA
    HBO's rolling out the stars for their panels: Helen Mirren, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Benedict Cumberbatch & Steven Soderbergh ahead.

    Edited at 2013-01-04 10:43 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 4th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land, various

    Ran out this afternoon and saw Promised Land in spite of being crazy busy. My mom has called me twice in the last week to make sure I took her when I went to see it. She loves Matt! Obviously, my good taste came from somewhere. Lol. There were probably between 40 - 50 people there, which is pretty good for a weekday early afternoon.

    The movie struck me as being just what every Matt Damon fan wants. Smartly written, wise, knowing, compassionate, and funny. And my worries about the cinematography based on the TV commercials were misplaced. It's a beautiful movie to look at, and very sensitive to the lovely countryside where the film was shot. Matt and Frances McDormand shoot off great sparks, giving each other grief in the way of partners who have worked together for years. As we were walking out I said, "Well, that's just the kind of movie I like to see". My mom said, "I always like Matt Damon. He just makes everything seem so real." Well said, mom!

    That Good Will Hunting article in Boston magazine is nothing short of awesome. There seems to be a bottomless well of great stories about that film.

    Oh, and an odd little side note. I saw that Matt and Ben were both scheduled to be on the 'Kelly and what's-his-name show', the one that Matt appeared on Christmas Eve. I knew it wouldn't be live, but taped it on the off chance there would be something interesting. And there was. They added back in a little bit that they had edited out of the original show. Matt was joking about Stella being their "oops' baby and said she was their best behaved child. It sounded like little Stella is the apple of daddy's eye, for sure.

    Sorry to be so wordy.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 5th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land, various

    Thanks very much for the review and the bonus Stella story Paula. I hope the film finds an audience, and your mother definitely has good taste.

    Matt's at the TCAs now - there's live-blogging on Twitter, including:

    http://twitter.com/JimHalterman
    http://twitter.com/cadlymack

    Edited at 2013-01-05 12:19 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 5th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land, various

    TCA comments:

    HBO ‏@HBO
    Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in the greenroom before their #TCA13 panel, PHOTO: http://ow.ly/i/1kBH2

    Tim Goodman ‏@BastardMachine
    The clip for Steven Soderbergh's"Behind the Candelabra" with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson was…was…wow.

    Greg Hernandez ‏@greghernandez
    Surreal watching Matt Damon standing nearby watching himself on screen in a speedo straddling Michael Douglas #TCA

    Gwen Reyes ‏@ReelVixen
    Tweet for my mother: Matt Damon is wearing a lovely grey sweater and a cool air of confidence. Simply wonderful #TCA13

    ♥Jennifer Choi♥ ‏@Jenshwa
    Steven Soderbergh, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Jerry Weintraub. #hbo #tca @ Langham Huntington Hotel http://instagr.am/p/UFPiqGOIRj/

    Tim Holland ‏@roviTim
    "Behind the Candelabra" clips are terrific. Michael Douglas looks believable as Liberace & Matt Damon looks great as lover Scott Thorson.

    IMDbTV: Trailer for #BehindTheCandelabra may be haunting a few dreams tonight. Fascinating, bizarre, beautifully tragic. #HBO #tca13

    Edited at 2013-01-05 01:18 am (UTC)
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