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Australian interviews and premiere
  • Elysium was first at the US box office on the weekend with predicted takings of $30.5 million.

  • Matt and Sharlto Copley attended the Australian premiere of Elysium in Sydney on Monday evening. Matt and Sharlto only arrived in Australia on Monday morning, a day late, after engine problems resulted in an aborted trip from LA on Friday. The pair will next travel to Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday ahead of another premiere in Seoul on Wednesday. Photos are from the Daily Telegraph, Yahoo, Scoopla, Deborah Hutton, Hoyts Australia and Sony Pictures. Great fan pics are here and here, and reports on the red carpet are available at Channel 7 and here.



  • Interviews will be available shortly at The Project and The 7.30 Report - also available at YouTube.



  • A radio interview with Matt on the Kevin and Bean Show from last Friday is available here.

  • More interviews: Daily Telegraph (excerpts below), and the Sydney Morning Herald, including Matt praising Hilary Clinton:

    Matt Damon, who arrived in Sydney on Monday morning for the premiere of his new sci-fi blockbuster Elysium 24 hours behind schedule, wasn't too jet-lagged to weigh into the asylum seeker debate...

    The actor said the issue resonated particularly strongly with him because all four of his grandparents immigrated to the US.

    "They got the American dream."

    Damon's delayed flight, which saw him land in Australia just hours before the George Street premiere, was due to an engine malfunction.

    "I have never had this happen - we were on the runway and we stared taxi-ing and the pilot aborted the take-off."

    Five hours later, the Qantas plane had another dry run.

    "We got to the end of the runway, he started the take off again and he aborted it again."

    "I don't know if the engine was actually bad or if it was the computer. But the pilot did the right thing. There's no break-down lane up there."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    LAX photos

    Photos of Matt and Sharlto leaving LAX on Saturday (take two on the trip to Sydney):

    http://www.justjared.com/2013/08/12/matt-damon-sharlto-copley-elysium-guys-at-lax/
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 12th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium

    I went to see Elysium again yesterday!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    Loving all the pics and interviews coming in. Can't wait for m to tell of her experience.

    Was trying to skip around the Kevin and bean interview to find the matt part. They were saying that matt couldn't be found and sorry he couldn't be on the show. Was he really on it?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Matt's phone cut out at one point but he came back about the one hour 20 mark.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium box-office

    So glad it's top of the US box office! Cannot wait to see Elysium when it opens in London. Thanks for the great articles over the last few months. Still keeping fingers crossed that Matt will work with Benedict Cumberbatch soon. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    More interviews, Seoul visit

    This was a good, detailed interview at 2GB:
    http://www.2gb.com/article/matt-damon#.UgmCV8Qaa6I.twitter

    Matt talks about participating in the 'Get Lucky' skit on Colbert:
    http://www.take40.com/news/41708/watch:-matt-damon-dishes-on-his-role-in-stephen-colbert%27s-get-lucky-video!-

    Matt mentions his tattoo:
    http://yourmovies.com.au/article/8705548/exclusive-interview-matt-damon-i-got-my-first-tattoo-a-few-months-ago

    Mix 106.5 interview:
    http://www.mix1065.com.au/videos/elysium-star-matt-damon

    Swiss interview:
    http://www.lematin.ch/people/Matt-Damon-La-Suisse-m-a-laisse-de-tres-bons-souvenirs/story/27395898

    Interview with Matt originating from Empire magazine about English football teams. Is this indicating he knows the results from every Premier League team for the last couple of weeks? I haven't seen the original interview yet.
    http://cinemania.es/blogs/detalle/18214/a-matt-damon-tambien-le-gusta-el-futbol

    Sharlto interview:
    http://www.maketheswitch.com.au/switch/article.asp?id=474

    **
    Matt and Sharlto have now arrived in Seoul, South Korea.

    sunmi91 ‏@sunmi91 17m
    Welcome to Korea~ 맷 데이먼씨♥-♥ pic.twitter.com/Ej9dbQH3UD
    https://twitter.com/sunmi91/status/367215046239080448/photo/1/large

    Glads Potenciano ‏@GLoveZZ 3m
    Unexpectedly bumped into...MATT DAMON!♡ With @DianeVillanueva & @ponkytown ~xD #Seoul2013T3 #FangirlDuties #Hollywood pic.twitter.com/BwlYJd3lo8

    Daft Punk SouthKorea ‏@sensangrangers 21m
    welcome south korea! Matt Damon! XD pic.twitter.com/ZmGz6FUPkn
    https://twitter.com/sensangrangers/status/367241660901515264/photo/1/large

    Edited at 2013-08-13 11:32 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    PART ONE

    Hi mattdamoncolumn (Felicity) and readers (friends), I just arrived home from Sydney, thank you all for cheering me on. Last week I entered a couple of competitions which were drawn on Thursday (to no avail) when Event Cinemas announced that there would be another opportunity for 4 tickets to the Premiere on Monday (yesterday). I was all packed and ready to go to Sydney on the weekend, so come Monday morning I kept my eye on George St's page for further info, and around 9:30am Event Cinemas said to just rock up to the Premiere in Sydney for a chance to win as they were going to randomly select fans lining the carpet. I was already packed, so I decided then and there to just go for it! Last week I was apprehensive about going without winning flights and accommodation, because of the costs involved). Nevertheless, I already had my list of last minute "to do's" prepared (e.g. drive to Civic and buy the dress I had put on hold, book the more affordable hotel around the corner that I had already researched, and fill the car with petrol for the drive to Sydney, etc.). And I had already pumped the tires and printed out Google Maps directly to the hotel around the corner from Event Cinemas in preparation over the weekend just in case. So after a three and a half hour drive (through stormy weather I might add), I arrived in Sydney and miraculously didn’t get lost, although I was stressed I wouldn’t make it when reading highway/motorway warning signs along the way saying that some exit was closed between 3 and 7 pm for school traffic. I posted a quick message on mattdamoncolumn after I arrived at the hotel room at around 4pm before quickly getting ready and was so nervous (as you can tell by my handwriting on the cardboard) when I wrote my idea for the competition entry on cardboard to take with me, showing that I was a “Facebook fan of George St” to win…

    Sorry to keep you all in suspense… (I have to buy groceries and cook dinner, be right back…)

    Mel (M..) x
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    PART TWO

    I walked around to Event Cinemas at around 5:30 pm and was ushered into a sectioned-off area where other fans were waiting (one fan said he had entered the Sony Pictures Australia competition on Twitter). We were positioned directly in front of the cinema where Sharlto Copley first arrived. He signed my competition poster and said that he hoped that Matt would be able to sign it for me too. Another car then arrived after Sharlto (sorry I don’t know who they were), then Matt arrived but looked as though he was explaining he was late and rushed around to the interviews/media before apparently giving an opening speech to the invited Premiere ticket holders. They then all entered the cinema passing by the sectioned-off area out front where I was standing with other fans, and I noticed that many were arrogant when reading my competition entry and some smiled and wished me good luck. Regardless, I commented that I hoped that they all enjoy the movie. Thanks to the other said fan with previous Premiere experience, we combated numerous comments from staff and people passing by suggesting as to where we should stand and whether we should stay or go. The staff packed up out front, and told me that it was a sign that Matt had already left the building, so majority of the fans left and then after someone commented that I was silly to stick around until the bitter end (noticing that Matt had not yet signed my competition entry and that I had not won the competition) one of the event organizers gifted me with the largest Elysium poster available, and then I was given a pass to the Premiere and the officials walked with me and my poster (and my cardboard competition entry) up the escalator – not to the movie cinema (where all the invited Premiere ticket holders where seated) - but directly to the Gold Class bar, where the officials arranged for me to meet Matt personally and have my competition entry and massive Elysium poster signed, not to mention the cool part where they had to actually get Matt’s manager to come out and tell the security dude (who tried to stop the officials to let me through). Here is my signed competition entry (by both Matt and Sharlto), poster, and Premiere pass. After having met Matt, I dropped off the poster back at the hotel and returned to watch Elysium Premiere. One word to describe my whole entire experience is ... Woohoooo! :) M..

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y510/ml_mdelysiumsyd/DSC03599_zps41ec116f.jpg

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y510/ml_mdelysiumsyd/DSC03590_zps025c2524.jpg

    http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y510/ml_mdelysiumsyd/DSC03583_zpse6d9dfab.jpg

    P.S. Matt and all the Event Cinema officials, if you're reading this, thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    Thanks for the write-up - great initiative.

    I saw Colin O'Hara at the premiere (Matt's assistant), so speaking to him would have been another good way to try and get in. Do you know who you spoke to? The guy in the black shirt and suit behind Matt is also in a photo of Matt and Sharlto arriving in Seoul (might be a Sony guy).
    https://twitter.com/sensangrangers/status/367241660901515264/photo/1/large

    Colin's in the blue shirt behind Matt:



    Edited at 2013-08-13 11:35 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    My lips are sealed. (p.s. thank you) :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    These two actors are awesome together -- it is a battle of good vs. evil. I hope to see more of them!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    WOW!!

    You are some kind of determined! Remind me never to get in a fight with you. :-)

    You got to meet Matt and got great souvenirs, too. I'm so glad all your effort paid off, and congratulations on your bonanza - you deserve it. What did you think of the film?
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    Thanks Paula, after I took the Elysium poster to the hotel I went back and watched the Premiere and arrived just in time to see the part where Matt (Max) leaves Earth to go to Elysium. I'm looking forward to seeing the whole movie, from what I saw it was awesome! I think Matt's more determined - Australia one day, South Korea the next. :) M..
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 13th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    Mel, that's a wonderful story!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I like how you told it in two parts and how you showed how you had to stick around and not give in to naysayers! Your enthusiasm and effort paid off in big ways! It's so awesome :) I was super lucky to get into the LA premiere and saw Matt from afar. I'm vicariously just as happy for you especially because its not often that Matt's in Australia. Did you get to talk to him?
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    Thank you Gregory, and that is awesome you also got into the Premiere. I took my teenager with me and she stayed at the hotel (it was a bit of a novelty for her to order room service for the first time for dinner and watch a big flat screen tv as we don't even have one). I couldn't take her to the Premiere with me around the corner because I was hoping to win the ticket to see the movie and it was a bit violent for her (she faints at the sight of blood on and off screen). Anyway I took her for buffet breakfast the next morning (her highlight of the trip to Sydney) and took our time driving back to Canberra. We ended up getting lost on the way back because of all the one way streets in the city and found our way to the highway from the airport. We got home late afternoon and by the time I had written the first part I had to go buy groceries and make dinner (my daughter goes back to school today). Matt came out of the Gold Class bar to meet me and I said "I won!!" :) I introduced myself and we shook hands, he then signed the cardboard sign and the Elysium poster (I forgot to get him to sign the pass) but thankful he signed both my competition entry and the Elysium poster. We were talking for a little while then Matt stepped into the elevator waiting for others exiting with him, and we had nice eye contact and smiled at each other. :) I'm glad the poster amazingly fit in the car (just as well I couldn't afford to fly). I'm so glad I went! M..
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 14th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    Stupendous! Mel, your humble nature made me smile. I was rooting for you. In 2007 I was able to get Matt's autograph when he got his star on the Hollywood Blvd (which is a treasure). I've never met him though. I saw him in LA for a Promised Land screening this Dec, then at Kimmel, and at the Elysium premiere. Getting into these sorts of events is not a small feat so I really liked hearing of your adventure :)
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    I'm so thrilled for you Mel that you got to meet Matt!! And Gregory, it sounds like you've had some great 'Matt moments' as well. My only 'Matt moment' happened when I was lucky enough to get tickets into the studio audience of Rove Live, which was taped in Melbourne when Matt came to promote The Bourne Supremacy. At the start of the interview Matt grabbed a large handful of jellybeans but could not eat them all so at the next ad break Rove walked straight over to me, as I was right near the front at the end of the row, and gave me the jellybeans Matt didn't eat!!!
    Can't wait to see Elysium!!
    Thanks Mattdamoncolumn for your continued and constant coverage of Matt in the media!! Awesome job!
    Karen
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 15th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF ELYSIUM with MATT DAMON and SHARLTO COPLEY

    That's a cool story Karen! :) I agree with u, thanks Felicity for all the coverage!
    Gregory
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