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  • Jessica Chastain talked about The Martian at the Daily Mail:

    Jessica Chastain has a lot of praise for film-maker Ridley Scott, in particular for his efforts in creating choice roles for women.

    ‘I’ve always been a fan of Ridley’s,’ the Oscar-nominated star told me recently in Los Angeles. ‘He’s a gem of a human being, for starters. And he provided so many great roles for women. Look at Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma And Louise."

    Scott has cast Chastain in his movie adaptation of Andy Weir’s sci-fi novel The Martian.

    In the new film, Matt Damon plays a scientist who gets marooned on Mars. He has limited rations and the next patrol from Earth isn’t due for another 1,412 days. ‘He’s got something like six potatoes,’ Chastain said.

    She plays the mission commander, who makes the fateful decision to leave Damon behind on the red planet after her crew are caught in a huge dust storm.

    ‘I get to be an astronaut, with the astronaut suit,’ she told me. ‘My character’s not in the whole movie — it’s Matt’s movie. But my character’s still a bad-ass and she’s pretty cool. She gets to go to space, and I did zero-gravity training.’

    Her part’s completed, but Damon, Sean Bean and other cast members are still shooting on a sound-stage in Budapest and on location in Jordan.

  • Matt was part of Jimmy Kimmel's after the Oscars special - the video is available here, with out-takes here.

  • Come to Papa episodes are now available online.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos

    Photos of Matt and Ridley Scott on a flight from Budapest to Jordan:
    https://twitter.com/LaithAbuAlhaj

    The last leg of the film has commenced!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Hmmm i didn't see matt in the pictures :/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2015 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Exciting! Break a leg, Matt! I hope we'll finally get some casual shots of the production, since they'll be doing outside shooting here.

    If you can't see the photos just try a Twitter search for 'Matt Damon Budapest'

    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 3rd, 2015 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    looking forward to some outdoor shots!
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 4th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Are you following Rise Movement's Instagram (Jason Walsh)? He's Matt's trainer on tour with him, and he's posted a few pics from the Jordan desert set.

    instagram.com/risemovement
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 4th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    yes! but i didn't see those. will have to go re-look.
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2015 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    Really nice picture - and so good to see him.
    I know he's busy, but I can't help missing the frequent LA sightings a bit. It's really a dilemma, because I really think he deserves his privacy, and that it's a bit strange that the paps keeps standing outside that gym and other places where Matt has his daily routines, but on the other hand I love seeing him in his home envoirnment...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Kimmel

    Matt's quoted in a new article about Jimmy Kimmel (who's on the cover), but his quotes aren't included in the online story:

    http://au.eonline.com/news/632042/molly-mcnearney-calls-husband-jimmy-kimmel-the-greatest-wife-says-he-really-is-martha-stewart
    wownow From: wownow Date: March 10th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    actually, matt doesn't give a quote. ben, john k, sarah silverman all do and at the end of the article, it says, 'we ran out of time for matt damon'
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 10th, 2015 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kimmel

    Thanks for the info
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 10th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Where can I read it?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 11th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think it is online.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 5th, 2015 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    where is matt?

    I'm glad to see the paparazzi is leaving him and his family alone, but i cant help the fact that I like the pap photos because you get to see his lifestyle and where he is.

    But privacy every now and then is good.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 5th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Colin in Patriots gear

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 5th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    And I think it's especially the first pic of Matt on the set of the Martian ! Cool pic!
    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2015 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    Ha, ha, poor Colin, this is great.

    But what the heck is Matt wearing? Are those bike pants?
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2015 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    It looks like hes wearing a wet suit shirt haha!
    That's a good picture of him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2015 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    OMG!!

    This closeup clearly shows the words "Mark Watney" on the front of Matt's t-shirt! The surrounding wings must be part of the mission emblem. We didn't have to wait long to get the photos we were hoping for. AWESOME!

    This must be the undersuit the astronauts wear under the bulky spacesuit (which, if you have read the GREAT book, you'll know Matt spends a lot of time in). It clearly has wires running through it, probably to provide heat. And perhaps the rover behind them is the vehicle Watney makes his journey in?

    I would love to get a look at those pants - lol.

    I see why Ridley Scott wanted to shoot here, the color of the desert is spectacular.

    https://twitter.com/mynorthwest/status/573856591511842817

    Paula

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 8th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    don't yell at me, i've yet to read the script, but after seeing the photo, i'm up for a good read :)
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    The color of the desert is even better in Jason Walsh's photos:
    https://instagram.com/risemovement/

    Apparently the Val Kilmer movie about Mars, Red Planet, was filmed in the same location.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2015 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    Gregory, I could never yell at you, you're too sweet!

    That guy is a very talented photographer. Some nice shots there.
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 10th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    thanks Paula :D
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colin in Patriots gear

    I like the sound of the Martian 2 sequel :) M.. (The Martian Spoilers) http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/stuck-on-mars-with-nothing-but-disco-ars-talks-with-the-martians-andy-weir/4/
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 8th, 2015 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Come To Papa

    I hope you've all gotten a chance to check out http://www.cometopapalive.com/photos/come-to-papa-holiday-show-live-largo/

    'cause on the Holiday Show page there are lots of pics of Matt from the show!
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 10th, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photos from Jordan

    Photos of Matt (with Colin and Jason Walsh) in Petra, Jordan. Matt's tour guide says he has now wrapped (to be confirmed):

    https://www.facebook.com/sharif.majali/posts/10155288923295585

    Lots more photos here, which claims Ridley Scott wrapped filming three days early:

    https://twitter.com/FilmJordan

    Edited at 2015-03-10 07:52 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos from Jordan

    It's a bit difficult to make out the audio but doesn't Matt say something to the paps about "going back next week"?

    And before that something like "for a couple of months"?

    I can't believe they could be finished shooting the Mars outdoor stuff already. It makes up a big chunk of the book! Maybe they Have wrapped this particular location and will move on to other spots in the desert. After all, Watney travels a looooooonnnng distance in the rover.

    I'm hoping for many more outdoor shots!
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: March 11th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos from Jordan

    The video is older from like a month ago. Notice he's not wearing glasses and he's wearing a beanie in the video. Speaking of glasses, his frames look different yet again. Did he get new black framed framed glasses?

    Nice to see some photos of him in Jordan, hard to believe he's done is right.
    G
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