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  • Photos of Matt leaving Los Angeles, possibly for India, are available here.

  • A newly published interview conducted a few months ago is at The Shortlist UK - cover photo available via here

    I saw [Ben] was given an honorary degree from Brown, and he was trash-talking you...
    Oh that f*cker. It’s because I got rejected from Brown University. I got a picture through of a diploma with some snarky line. And I think, “What is this bullsh*t?” The next day I’m on the computer and it says “Dream comes true for Ben Affleck”. I click on it and I’m like, “He got a doctorate from Brown?!” I write to him: “That was from Brown? You mother*cker! You know they rejected me?” And he said “I know they did.” [Laughs]. We’ve been joking around calling him doctor for the past week.

    You didn’t actually finish your degree at Harvard. Any regrets?
    No, I got so much out of going to school there, I’m so grateful for my time there, and I really did love it. So I don’t regret anything about it. It was the right time for me to go, my class was gone. We were writing Good Will Hunting and I asked if I could do my credits at somewhere in LA. They said the Harvard rule was you have to do your senior year at Harvard or you don’t get the degree from Harvard. I was thinking, “I’m not going to do all the other time at Harvard and get a degree from somewhere else.”

    But they gave you an honorary arts medal instead?
    Yes, they gave me an arts medal, not a doctorate though. The other email chain that started was with John Krasinski [star of the US version of The Office], because he went to Brown as an undergrad. So Ben wrote this whole thing about him driving down to Rhode Island, swinging by the campus and picking up the doctorate and he was like, to John, “Did you spend four years there?” [Laughs]

    From 30 Rock to Saturday Night Live, you seem to enjoy doing comedy cameos. Do you have any more in the pipeline?
    Yes, they are really fun. I love the stuff we’ve done on Jimmy Kimmel Live. What I have realised is that it is a zero sum game, just spending time doing that and not working on my day job and being with the kids. So I have to be careful. I have so much fun, I could easily fritter away half a year and not make any money.

    Have you got any directors on the radar that you haven’t worked with?
    There’s a bunch. I’d love to work with Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson. I thought The Master was just great.

  • A comment from LA magazine about an event where Matt was probably never going to attend:

    I was also excited to “run” into Matt and Lucy Damon who have reportedly purchased a home in the Palisades to get a little scoop. The Damons are sweet in person, smooching often when they think no one (I can’t help it – it’s, like, my job) is watching. But they decided to make-out elsewhere.

  • The first poster for Zero Theorem is available at Slash Film.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2013 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    A few photos of Matt, Lucy and girls in LA via a photo agency:


    Matt in London
    MichaelKadeLaBarthe ‏@M_LaBarthe 5m
    Just Matt Damon & me hanging out in London. NO BIG DEAL http://instagram.com/p/dUFUFUlvCt/

    Edited at 2013-08-22 11:36 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    UK interviews

    An interview with Matt on BBC's Radio 4 (including Matt impersonating his dad):

    The same page has a longer interview with Matt about reductive marketing, Promised Land etc.

    Edited at 2013-08-23 03:10 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)


    Ben has been cast as the new Batman so Matt was trending second worldwide with Matt as Robin jokes (everyone thinks they're original...)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    This was just posted on EVENT Cinemas George St ( http://www.facebook.com/EventCinemasGeorgeSt ): "TELL US - Yes or No to #BenAffleck playing the new #Batman??" I think yes - he has the chin, but Matt has the fwoarr abs (see Elysiummm). Maybe they can play each other's body double as Batman. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    Matt is still trending above Ben hours later (people are unoriginal).

    Wonder what this means for their production company.

    This 2006 quote from Ben is in a lot of places today:

    "By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero... Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon." – Ben Affleck in 2006.

    Edited at 2013-08-23 10:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    ... And now Matt is back to defending him again. Replacing Bale was going to be difficult for anyone, but it's obviously especially difficult for Ben, for a number of reasons. I don't understand that decision.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    There's now a story on the multinational ubiquity of this not original non-joke:


    Edited at 2013-08-23 01:51 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    These comments from comic book.com echo my sentiments exactly.

    "Yes, Ben Affleck had to know what he was getting into, but there is another victim in the Ben Affleck as Batman fallout, who we do feel a little sorry for...

    Last night, right after the Ben Affleck announcement, Matt Damon started trending on Twitter. From what we saw while doing a quick search, every second someone was asking “Does this mean Matt Damon is Robin?”

    While there is virtually zero chance that Matt Damon is actually going to be Robin, it won’t stop TMZ photographers from shouting that question at him for the next several years. Every time Matt Damon goes on a press tour to promote his latest movie, some interviewer is going to ask if there is any chance he’s going to be playing Robin. Fans are even already photo shopping Matt Damon’s head onto Robin’s body.

    Yes, Matt Damon owes his pal Ben Affleck a big thank you (or maybe a punch in the face) for forever linking him to a role that he is almost certainly never going to actually play. Matt Damon is the true victim of Ben Affleck’s Batman casting."

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Batman

    This will go on for years (I, for one, agreed with the last sentence).

    Matt's definitely in Chennai (see photo linked elsewhere in the comments, but any posts or reports are currently lost in people thinking they're a snowflake).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    London radio - now in Chennai

    Matt's pre-recorded segment aired on Lisa Snowdon's Capital Breakfast show on Friday.


    Highlights at:

    A photo of Matt in Chennai:

    Edited at 2013-08-23 12:04 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Korea trip

    You may have posted this already but if not there is a bit of nice footage of Matt in Korea
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    I saw the whole movie of Elysium today, walked out with tears streaming down my face, but loved the story of the movie! Totally get the Matt (Max) vs. Sharlto (Kruger) character. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Us Weekly

    Us Weekly's new issue has a story on Ben Affleck's birthday and Matt being there, but I'm not sure if it's more than just the photos we've seen.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Us Weekly

    My local stores still don't have the new us weekly out so I will check back again to see if there's anything new on the birthday gathering.

    I imagine that Matt's being on Lisa's radio show was recorded when he went to London before a. Purple of months before. Short but sweet.

    I totally agree with Paula's post up above. I couldn't have stated it better. I also agree with celebitchy's post of being confused of why Ben would go this route?

    I haven't been on twitter too much lately. Between the political attacks on matt and now this I think I might avoid it for a could of days.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Us Weekly

    Us Weekly video and text (probably most of the story) - no new photos of Matt:


    Edited at 2013-08-23 11:05 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Us Weekly

    I'll still check and see when it comes out.

    Sorry for my mistakes up above. I did not check before I posted obviously. Any news from chennai?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Us Weekly


    Nothing that I can find from India. Matt won't be able to stay long because he's in Deauville next Friday.

    Ishmail did make the squad for Nebraska.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    In better news...

    There's a poster for Monuments Men. Most prominently featuring our hero - looking mighty fine, in spite of the haircut - I'm hoping for a fleeting romance between Matt"s character and Blanchett's character. Conventional, yes, but also delightful!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    More UK radio interviews

    http://www.lbc.co.uk/matt-damon-i-ended-up-covered-in-faecal-matter-77035 (more interesting/personal comments from about the 8 minute mark)


    The Sky Face to Face interview with Matt and Neill Blomkamp stil hasn't appeared online:

    Edited at 2013-08-24 07:58 am (UTC)
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