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  • Jon Hamm talked about how he was in contention for Matt's role in The Martian at The Telegraph:

    “There are a lot of things I wanted which have gone to other people.” For example? “Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian. It should be amazing, it’s a beautiful script and I was like, 'I’d like to do that’. They were like, '…it’s not for you’. It’s going to be Matt Damon.”

    Global fame does not appeal to Hamm. He claims the recognition he’s experienced pales in comparison to the pressure faced by heavyweight film stars. “I’ve seen it. I know Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio. I wouldn’t trade my life for theirs. It’s horrible. You can’t go anywhere; you can’t do anything. Matt’s actually got the right balance and George has a pretty good life too,” he laughs. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that they have this double-edged sword that you really can’t control.”

  • There will be a promotion for water.org at the Hollywood Film Festival.

  • Water.org is also partnering on a Project Greenlight promotion.

  • A photo of Matt and Lucy in LA via E Online Latino.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bucket challenge

    Nice to note that Matt's ice bucket challenge will almost certainly reach 4 million youtube views today. When I guessed a week ago that it would reach 3.75 million, I thought I was being optimistic! Terrific for water.org.
    Paula

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2014 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bucket challenge

    And I doubted you. Not again!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 2nd, 2014 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bucket challenge

    Lol! I got plain lucky on that one.
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 2nd, 2014 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Script

    Hey everyone!! I've obtained a draft of THE MARTIAN script (perk of working in the industry). It's dated 10/4/13 and I'm not sure how many newer drafts exist. If you'd like to obtain a copy, but please DO NOT POST anywhere online, keep this to yourself, email me directly at gkulhanj@hotmail.com subject line MARTIAN SCRIPT PLEASE, so that I don't delete your email. I've not read it yet myself.

    oh and I cannot believe how much Hamm whines
    Gregory

    Edited at 2014-09-02 05:47 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Script

    Thanks for the offer to everyone Gregory - it's getting lots of positive attention today with the casting rumors.

    Lucky readers can post any spoiler free comments and casting hints.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 7th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Script

    just seeing this now. work has had me swamped!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Script

    Congrats Gregory, that's a fun 'get'. Thanks very much for offering.

    But don't tempt me! I read the book and enjoyed it immensely, and that's enough for me. Reading the script would just be too spoilery.

    But when you've read it I'd be very interested in your general opinion.

    I love Jon Hamm! He's on the greatest TV show ever, he's hilarious on SNL, plus he's a St Louis Cardinal fan. Jon Hamm does no wrong in my book. :-)

    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 7th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian Script

    thanks Paula! if you change your mind, let me know!
    G

    Edited at 2014-09-07 06:35 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 2nd, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Comedy show

    I expected Matt to go to this show and Tom Papa just confirmed it:

    Tom Papa‏@tompapa
    My pal Matt Damon joins Come to Papa Sept 9 @LargoLosAngeles w @joelmchale @AndyRichter @danagould @steveagee tix http://bit.ly/1vSuZgb
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 3rd, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comedy show

    He he

    Joel McHale‏@joelmchale·1 min
    Damon again? RT @danagould: Tues9th CometoPapa @LargoLosAngeles w/MattDamon Joel @AndyRichter @tompapa @steveagee tix http://bit.ly/1vSuZgb
    From: cindiest Date: September 4th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Comedy show

    Love it.
    wownow From: wownow Date: September 3rd, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Chastain is a hot actress right now, so her signing on is another positive indicator for the assumed quality of the project.

    One of the charms of the book was the number of interesting lesser characters. A lot of the characters have good lines, but they would have to beef up one of the female roles to make it co-star material. Perhaps Commander Lewis? If they are concentrating on the action aspect (and this is a Ridley Scott film, after all) logically that would be the role that got a push.

    Kristin Wiig is being rumored for a supporting role, as well. I can definitely see her as either Mindy Park or the PR head, Annie Montrose.

    I still don't see how in the world they're going to get this thing finished on time. I'm gonna call it right here and say it will get pushed back, maybe to the following spring or summer.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Chastain is not that good, she's not bad either.
    She's gorgeous.

    Something I noticed in all her performances is that we can see her efforts, like she's working really hard, and her performances seem like a lot of work.
    It gets in the way,it´s not supposed to be about her efforts.

    Scott usually has strong good female characters.

    BTW, the caption to avoid spam reads "stop wasting time". It's a sign (for me)!!

    CS
    wownow From: wownow Date: September 4th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ben confirms he and Matt have dropped their plans for a Whitely Bulger bio-pic

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/movies/fall-arts-preview-ben-affleck-stars-in-david-finchers-gone-girl.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bulger

    Damn you, Johnny Depp!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger

    Yay.
    wownow From: wownow Date: September 4th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger

    why 'yay'?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 4th, 2014 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger

    I've never been interested in the project or the subject matter and consider it would have glorified violence, no matter how it was treated. They can find a better project together, but I don't think it should be 'Live by night', which I thought was a pretty terrible book (and I don't think it was intended that Matt be involved).
    wownow From: wownow Date: September 4th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bulger

    i'm with you. i'm not particularly interested in whitey bulgur's story either (but i think they would've been sensitive to all the lives he ruined and i'd love to see them work on something together).

    yeah, there's no indication that matt will be involved with 'live by night'. production starts in early 2015 and ben has just cast zoe saldana, elle fanning and sienna miller. i had assumed ben still intended to star but casey said he'd like to play joe coughlin on twitter recently. i enjoyed the book - i can see how it might translate well to the screen.

    Edited at 2014-09-04 08:52 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 4th, 2014 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thought you might enjoy this. I did.

    https://www.facebook.com/malevamag/photos/pcb.722667471133738/722662897800862/?type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/malevamag/photos/pcb.722667471133738/722663094467509/?type=1&theater

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt??

    No news and no pics since a long time. I miss him ! :(
    Don't you have any sightings?
    B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt??

    He'll be at the comedy show on Tuesday with Tom Papa and Joel McHale. There will be sightings.
    wownow From: wownow Date: September 6th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 6th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Between the Martian and this Matt is finally doing some interesting good films.

    Btw I wonder how much weight Matt is going to lose for the Martian. He cant do the film at the size he has been recently it just wont work.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    For The Martian Matt would have to be fit and healthy but would lose weight slowly through the movie. Great news for a quick low budget movie before a high profile one quickly afterwards. No news in the article where it will film.

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