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Great Wall press conference
  • Matt and the cast of The Great Wall held a press conference on Wednesday for an international audience. A report is at the LA Times, with various additional photos available at: x, Elle UK and x. Another report is at AP.This Twitter account includes more photos and videos from the press conference. A cute tumblr post of Matt talking about Luhan is here, with a video of the comments here.

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    But that is exactly what Tull's Legendary Entertainment is now in the midst of doing. After a few false starts, Tull recruited China’s most famous director, Zhang Yimou, to helm the $150-million project and enlisted powerful investors including state-run China Film Group and LeVision Pictures. Matt Damon and Hong Kong legend Andy Lau are anchoring a cast peppered with “little fresh meat,” or Chinese heartthrobs, who appeal to young Chinese women.

    After months of shooting on 28 sets in Beijing and on an elaborate faux wall constructed in the eastern city of Qingdao (no filming actually took place on the historic structure), “The Great Wall” will soon move into post-production and intensive visual-effects work in preparation for a Nov. 23, 2016, stateside release. It is one of the highest-budget films ever in China, and certainly the biggest U.S.-China co-production to date.

    In China at least, anticipation is running high. On Thursday, Zhang, Damon and Lau — along with other cast members including Pedro Pascal (who plays Oberyn Martell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Chinese actress Jing Tian — sat for the first of what are sure to be numerous press events to stoke interest in the film. Zhan Haicheng of China Film Group said the movie brought together the “best of China and U.S.” and was a “real co-production,” though he called it a “very American film.”

    Whether “Great Wall” may be too American and fantastical for Chinese audiences, yet too Chinese for international audiences, remains a question on both sides of the Pacific.

    Damon spoke in Beijing to publicize the movie "The Great Wall," which has a budget of $150 million. Damon, whose movies include "Good Will Hunting" and the "Bourne" action franchise, plays a battle-scarred mercenary in search of treasure. Pedro Pascal, of "Game of Thrones," is his sword-wielding partner. Lu plays a boy emperor.

  • ETA: This Daily Mail story:

    Matt Damon looks strikingly different as he debuts luscious ponytail at The Great Wall press conference in Beijing
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    He looks great with the ponytail.

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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 2nd, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Despite all the crazy hair pics we've seen up to this point, he looks really really good in these! Funny to read the press and general public's reactions now seeing his ponytail for the 1st time.
    G

    Edited at 2015-07-02 06:48 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall pics, the press conference

    Oh, yeah, Matty looks hotty hot-hot. Bam!

    Sure, right now Crazy Hair is pretending to be all tame and good, but you know that Crazy Hair is just biding it's time. It's waiting to sneak up and leap out at the public at some unsuspecting moment (especially selfies). Crazy Hair cannot be trusted. One of the stories in the daily mail is basically all about his hair, and people are going nuts over it (people other than just us, I mean:). It lends him a bit of a rakish air, when typically he's seen as so clean cut.

    His relationship with Andy Lau is really cute. He could almost be from Boston the way Matt teases him. Obviously Pascal is not the only friend he made on the movie.

    Thanks undoubtedly to a Luhan fan, the whole press conference is up on YouTube. If you want to skip to the discussion, Matt's section starts about the 18 minute mark.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bxfYqf7N1HY

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 3rd, 2015 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall pics, the press conference

    Great to watch the actual press conference. I too think it's fun how everybody goes crazy over the ponytail and doesn't really say anything about what was actually said by Matt or others about their work and the movie. But as other mentions we've also known for months thanks to this amazing website and can just lean back and enjoy Matt looking awesome and so hot.

    - s
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Quotes about Matt's hair

    Some quotes:

    His new look spawned a slew of comparisons online including "Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1993," "The art teacher that convinced you to follow your dreams and pursue that BFA in photography" and "The Property Brother the rest of the Property Family doesn't talk about."

    Read more at http://www.accesshollywood.com/matt-damon-stuns-with-new-ponytail_article_109554#LtA8QkiQLuowUWzk.99

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 2nd, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Quotes about Matt's hair

    HAHAHAHA these comparisons are great! Lots of thumbs ups I'm seeing on social media :)
    Here are some:
    "He could paint his head blue and I would still like him"
    "YES. Now please wear it in a bun Matt!!!!"
    "With or without, I'm in to Matt Damon"
    "He's hot no matter what, love Matt"
    "He pulls it off, and I'm not a fan of long hair on guys"
    "For a role or not, still cute :)"
    "He looks cute with the ponytail. Nice chance"
    "Fresh"
    "That's a goddam stallion tail. Rock it"
    "I like it"
    "Is niiiiice, heh"

    Edited at 2015-07-02 08:38 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt

    oh my, he looks so yummy and gorgeous, i love the look, long hair suits him
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Dayyyum

    He looks really good! Younger too...
    Damn that hair suites him!! :)
    I mean dayyum!!!


    -H
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 3rd, 2015 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    Press Conference was enjoyable to watch. At 51:40 Matt addresses his 6 pack.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 3rd, 2015 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming until August

    A few more details in a NY Times article, including info that filming continues until August. Matt's not going to get much of a break if Bourne is filming in Tenerife in September:

    http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/sino-zhang/?smid=tw-share&_r=0
    wownow From: wownow Date: July 3rd, 2015 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Page Six is reported that Ben has been staying at Matt's house while he's in China
    http://pagesix.com/2015/07/02/ben-affleck-and-jennifer-garner-flee-to-the-bahamas-together/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 3rd, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Pics

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2015 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pics

    Cute!! :)
    Matt looks good!!
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 4th, 2015 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pics

    What a buzz w/ this ponytail! HaHa! And no interessant comments about the movie...only a few site makes the relation.

    Here pics with Colin and Lucy in a Hong-Kong restaurant, and a nice selfie with Luhan.

    http://iconosquare.com/tag/mattdamon#/detail/1021563260849597114_212095489
    http://iconosquare.com/tag/mattdamon#/detail/1021524143214077533_1486494264
    http://iconosquare.com/tag/mattdamon#/detail/1021526674130104115_296666818

    Thank you very much everybody for all that job and the info about this press conference (I haven't watched it yet on You Tube.)

    B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 4th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pics

    The second one is at a nightclub, Bungalow (where we can see another tattoo on Lucy). A night out in Hong Kong (for the third time). Colin's wearing a '50' sign so it could be a birthday for somebody.

    Funny Buzzfeed article (with graphics):
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/matt-damon-has-a-ponytail#.ihagQy3n3

    Pic from early in the Beijing trip with kids:
    https://instagram.com/p/0fjOQ-Lx0P/?taken-by=jackson0920

    Edited at 2015-07-04 12:12 pm (UTC)
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    From: cindiest Date: July 6th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    From: cindiest Date: July 6th, 2015 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    wownow From: wownow Date: July 7th, 2015 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    The Matt/Ben story is from People so it comes from someone relatively in the know. Like you said, Matt's not going to be around for most of the year between Budapest, China and then Tenerife. But my sense is that Ben doesn't have the kind of wide circle of friends that Matt has.
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