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  • Robin Williams has died in California. An old quote from Matt is at USA Today, and Matt has released a statement through his publicist.

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    Statement from Matt
    Matt Damon: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time."

    Matt in 1997
    "I think the one image I'll always remember is Robin leaning out of the window of his house in the movie while a mob of people from South Boston came out just to see him," recalled Damon. "He was leaning out to do jokes. And this crowd of 200 was just laughing. Most actors would hide in the house. But he was put on Earth to make people happy. And what makes him happy is to watch other people laugh."

    A memorable scene from Good Will Hunting



    A tribute in Boston
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  • The Martian looks to be filming in Hungary later this year.

    UK Production News ‏@Uk_Production
    Ridley Scott to direct 'The Martian', a sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon. It's shooting in Hungary late this year http://www.UkProductionNews.com
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2014 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Robin

    Lovely tribute.

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Robin

    Too many photos to choose from. Robin was at the Emmys last year - photo above - and he was also at the Cinematheque event and the Jimmy Kimmel show. They probably kept in touch.

    Maybe it's inevitable, but it's just another former friend who has died. A few: Heath Ledger, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jean-Yves Escoffier.
    From: cindiest Date: August 15th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Robin

    Yes, it's so sad to have so many friends gone too soon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    GWH

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Wonderful Robin Williams

    this is so incredibly sad, such an amazing person, he should still be her with us, telling jokes and making us laugh. Gone but never ever forgotton
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben

    Ben's tribute to Robin is here:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ben-affleck-thanks-robin-williams-in-heartfelt-tribute/

    Ben Affleck
    Works at Pearl Street Films
    Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true.
    What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything.
    May you find peace my friend. ‪#‎RobinWilliams‬

    Edited at 2014-08-12 09:51 pm (UTC)
    wownow From: wownow Date: August 12th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben

    that's a really beautiful tribute - "thanks chief" :(
    From: cindiest Date: August 15th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben

    Beautifully said, Ben. Heartbreaking.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2014 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ROBIN WILLIAMS

    I CAN'T BELIEVE IT IT'S SO SAD AND TRAGIC THAT ROBIN IS GONE :(
    NOW I TREASURE GOODWILL HUNTING EVEN MORE...
    Ele
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Statement from Matt

    Matt has released a statement through his publicist:

    Matt Damon: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time."

    Photos and reports:
    http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/08/12/ben-affleck-robin-williams-made-my-dreams-come-true/

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/matt-damon-pays-tribute-to-robin-williams-2014128

    A report from E! (with lots of footage of Matt and Lucy) about Matt's statement:
    http://www.boston.com/health/2014/08/12/matt-damon-pays-tribute-robin-williams/5ncfPfqYSDTYYBNbjGIKEO/video.html

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/ben-affleck-pays-tribute-robin-williams-article-1.1901106

    Edited at 2014-08-13 05:35 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2014 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Statement from Matt

    I lovely words from Matt and Ben. Such sad news. A truly great talent, who must have been in so much emotional pain. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Spam

    The spam messages are really high so I've put the spamblock on again - sorry for the inconvenience.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    For info

    Show business trade journal Variety meanwhile reported a surge in online sales of Williams' rich body of work, with 12 of the 13 top-selling DVDs on Amazon featuring the comic genius.

    Topping the list was Mrs Doubtfire, followed by Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam, Patch Adams, The Birdcage and What Dreams May Come.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: For info

    Watched Mrs Doubtfire last night, just brilliant, need to do a Robin Williams film marathon, he has done so many incredible films, such a sad loss.
    From: cindiest Date: August 15th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: For info

    I like that. Good.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 14th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Robin

    An interview with Robin about GWH at Boston Magazine is recalled, including favorite scenes and a GWH musical.

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2014/08/12/robin-williams-good-will-hunting-interview/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Robin

    Wonderful radio interview with Robin. You can definitely hear his 'niceness'. There are so many stories coming out now of all the wonderful things he quietly did for so many people. Class.
    Paula
    From: cindiest Date: August 15th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you for this nice post. His passing is hard to accept.
    From: cindiest Date: August 15th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    When I look at this post, I think about how Matt and Ben were crying on the set of GWH in seeing their dream come true and Robin crossed the room and told them, it's real. You did it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    There's a page of photos of Matt in Costa Rica in the Australian version of People (Who). It may be in the US version. It includes one pic of Matt and Lucy walking on the beach (reverse angle - shot of their backs), so there were clearly photos of Matt and family in the set which the media types ignored.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Chris Moore

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/chris-moore-creates-the-chair-indie-film-competition-trailer-exclusive-20140815

    Moore recalled that before Gus Van Sant took the reins on "Good Will Hunting," Mel Gibson was on board to direct for a few months and Michael Mann shot a test of Matt Damon: "What would it have been like? I became fascinated. How come in our business you never see two versions of the same movie? I know the business reasons why, but for me personally, I wanted to watch two people take the same script and turn it into a movie."
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    New photos

    New photos of Matt with family and friends in Costa Rica (the blond is Michele Merkin). You may have to create an account to see the photos.

    http://www.nacion.com/ocio/farandula/Matt-Damon-Santa-Teresa_9_1433146672.html

    More photos:
    http://www.nacion.com/ocio/farandula/Matt-Damon-pasea-Cobano-lugareno_0_1433256710.html

    Edited at 2014-08-16 07:46 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New photos

    A shame their privacy has been invaded, but I must admit I did enjoy the photos. It's been quite awhile with no Matt news. Any idea who the little boy is?
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New photos

    I think he's the son of one of Lucy's friends (Jeanne Maxwell). He was also sitting on Matt at the roller derby game.

    Edited at 2014-08-16 11:51 pm (UTC)
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