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  • Interviews from The Martian's press day: People, including includes quotes from an interview at Entertainment Tonight, E Online, Access Hollywood and Extra.

    JoBlo's report on the NASA JPL visit; a similar report at Yahoo; an audio commentary by Matt on the trailer at Yahoo.


    Extra
    During the interview, Matt opened up about life at home with wife Luciana Barroso. He gushed, “I have an incredible wife… so she takes all the pressure off me.”

    The two have been happily married for almost 10 years, and are also workout buddies who hit the gym together. "I have to get in shape for this ‘Bourne’ movie coming up. I've done yoga. I cannot touch my toes. So I would not say we do couples yoga, no. She does yoga and I've tried to do it a few times and it's sad.”

    Matt also set the record straight on rumors that he was invited to meet the Pope when the Pontiff visits the US. He said, “Oh, I think he's amazing. He's also Argentinian, so everybody on my wife's side of the family obviously thinks he's amazing.”

  • There's a good video at Coming Soon which includes highlights of the Q&A at NASA JPL and video of Matt placing his handprints in cement for the 'Mars Yard' (and talking to journos). Thanks to Gregory.

  • Matt and family were at Disneyland on Thursday for Gia's seventh birthday. Photos are at the Huffington Post and Zimbio:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  • An interview with Matt about his family, life, career and The Martian is online at the website of Australia's A Current Affair.
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    Comments
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 21st, 2015 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Handprints

    The footage of him leaving his handprints at the JPL 'Mars Yard' is extra cool (at the end of this video)
    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/474013-cs-video-matt-damon-takes-you-inside-the-martian-movie#/slide/1
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Handprints

    Thanks Gregory, I've included the video above - very cute. Embedding the video isn't working for me.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thank you!

    Thank you!
    So he read the book before making the film. (A Current Affair interview)
    I was wondering about that :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Thank you!

    I was wondering about that as well. That he is a fan of the book will make the book's nerd fans (like me:) very happy.

    And did I hear Matt say that Alexia is 17? I thought she was only 15.
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 21st, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thank you!

    I heard that too! Was like whoops ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Thank you!

    Time flies! :-)

    P
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Rotten Tomatoes interview. Matt is so cute!
    http://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/video-will-the-martian-bring-matt-damon-tomato-gold/
    It was featured on the main page.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    Haha, leave his family at home, go to work in the Amazon, and come home for dinner. Fingers crossed he get's the golden tomato with The Martian. I like how he keeps the sympathy award in his office, and the Promised Land poster I got him is framed and hanging in there too! :D
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    Really cool interview, thanks. Matt knows the popular movies this year.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rise Nation event

    Matt, Lucy, Emily and John have attended the premiere of trainer Jason Walsh's Rise Nation studio.

    https://instagram.com/p/6q7A05BdqS/?taken-by=risenation
    https://instagram.com/p/6q1-MmBdis/?taken-by=risenation
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rise Nation event

    I wonder why Ben didn't train with Jason Walsh. Didn't Ben train with a cousin of Matt's instead?
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall, The Martian

    Jasin Boland has added a few more spectacular China photos to his Instagram. There is also an amusing reference to Bourne.

    I don't think this CNET interview is in our bundle yet - this one is also pretty cute.

    Paula

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g33fk8AkwEo

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2015 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall, The Martian

    Yep, saw somee great China pics but hadn't seen these comments:

    surfdgaJust beautiful. Ready to go back for MARCO POLO next Feb???
    jasinboland@surfdga well it would be perfect timing finish end of February can't leave my fave man high and dry. You know Marco Polo spent a year in those mountains right

    **
    So Jasin is doing Bourne and it is finishing end of February.And interesting that Marco Polo is filming in February - Matt was previously attached to a film version.

    And it sounded like they were taking seven hours to get to set when they were in the Gobi desert? Location challenges!

    Edited at 2015-08-22 05:08 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    New little clip from the JPL q&a. It's not just potatoes! Ha, fun comment from the poster.

    https://twitter.com/tvmarksallen/status/635097468800266240

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rise Nation event

    ET has some quotes on fatherhood and the anniversary from the Rise Nation event (Matt will be filming Bourne at the time):
    http://www.etonline.com/news/170489_matt_damon_gushes_about_fatherhood_my_whole_life_opened_up_when_i_became_a_dad/

    Getty/Wireimage/Zimbio has a few more photos from the event, but none from inside or with John/Emily.

    E report:
    http://au.eonline.com/news/688932/jessica-biel-s-personal-trainer-reveals-how-actress-lost-weight-and-got-fit-after-baby-find-out-what-he-said

    "Matt is absolutely the best client anybody could ever hope for," Walsh told E! News. "He is hard-working and he is funny as hell. So we keep it light, but we work really, really hard. He sees and feels the benefits of training the way we train. My philosophy for training the movement has helped him get past back pain, shoulder pain."

    At the event, Damon was accompanied by his wife, Luciana Barroso, with whom he shares four daughters.

    "You want to live longer and health because you have these kids and you want to play with them and go to Disneyland and you want to do these things without pain," Walsh said. "And that is the focus we took with him."

    Edited at 2015-08-23 12:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Rise Nation event

    There is video of Matt speaking about Lucy and the kids at the Rise Nation opening here. Funny that the press keeps asking him about his family all the time. Just one of the weird little ways that the spray from the Affleck/Garner divorce flies in his direction.

    https://uk.celebrity.yahoo.com/post/127347788229/exclusive-matt-damon-gushes-about-fatherhood-my

    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 23rd, 2015 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rise Nation event

    That ET video was really sweet. He's smitten and happy and that's a good thing.
    I'm getting tired of these reporters bringing it up though, and I question their intentions. It's weird how they are point blank asking him stuff based on paparazzi photos (going to gym with wife, etc). I find that very unprofessional and a bit invasive of his private life.
    Gregory
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 23rd, 2015 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rise Nation event

    4 photos from Friday's Rise Nation gym opening here. Matt, Lucy, and Jason Walsh.
    I think Matt and Lucy look great. I like her outfit and he always looks great in black.
    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Matt+Damon/Rise+Nation+Launch+Event/CNzkkvzdPf6
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Rise Nation event

    Agree with both your comments. Those reporters are definitely fishing trying to construct Matt vs Ben scenarios, and Matt and Lucy look great. He seems to be in great shape but doesn't seem as 'bulked up' as in previous Bourne roles.

    Random thought: That facial hair seems to have progressed past mere scruff and is going into quasi-beard territory. What if he is playing Bourne with a beard? As a way of helping disguise his identity, I mean. I actually kind of like the idea of introducing Bourne via the techniques he has used to (presumably) disappear for a few years. Or maybe the govt has imprisoned him on some desert island? Ha.

    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re: Rise Nation event

    I had the same thought myself! I'm betting that Bourne will begin with a full fledged beard in the new one...I kind of doubt he'd grow it out this much in the summer heat otherwise. I'm very curious to see where the new Bourne takes us and how Europe is shown in it this time.

    And it's almost painful to watch the mags take Matt's comments on Ben so seriously when he's offering such meaningless little bits. Of course we wonder what kind of advice is given in private but Matt's not going to let that out...though it must sting for Ben a bit to see Matt have such a lovely and thriving marriage :/

    Grace
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 23rd, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rise Nation event

    I wonder how physically fit Matt was for the other Bourne films. In one recent interview he said he didn't know just how much his current fitness would brace him from strains and aches this go around. I remember him saying after 2007 he was feeling his age physically while shooting Ultimatum.

    I have a feeling that his current fitness is not just for Bourne though, since he's been on this regime since last fall and is remarkably thinner and more tone than he's been in the past several years. I'm willing to bet he's stronger now than he was in Elysium.

    I like the beard theory, but I also have a hunch it's Matt just having downtime.
    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2015 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pearl Street message

    This is sweet - a message from Pearl Street to an actor in the PGL film.
    https://instagram.com/p/6tQgoUi10U/?taken-by=vamosramos7
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir reviews The Martian movie!

    And oh yeah, he's happy!

    In a Skype speech to the International Mars Society Andy Weir says he saw the movie the day before ( I think this took place several days ago). He says "it is awesome", "great", "very true to the book", and that "Matt Damon PERFECTLY captures the character of Mark Watney."

    His comments about the screening are around the 17 minute mark.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DfgOCgZ08vM

    Paula
    Wooooo hooooooo!!!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 23rd, 2015 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Andy Weir reviews The Martian movie!

    yessss!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Martian commercial

    Here's the commercial that just aired on US TV (and got a lot of reaction via twitter):

    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/475071-the-martian-commercial
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Photo

    I've taken down a link to a youtube video of Matt and family in Disneyland, but this almost as invasive - Matt and family next to David Beckham and family at Nobu in Malibu over the weekend.

    https://instagram.com/p/6wsz85ySM-/?taken-by=victoriaposhbeckham
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Lovely family.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Photo

    It is pretty invasive, i do like the video and this picture, they just look like a normal family hanging out.
    Very cute!
    Thanks for sharing

    -H
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Photo

    I didn't even notice the name at first. Was this picture actually taken and posted by the Beckhams??? I don't follow any of them. If so, that's hilarious.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Photo

    I just took a look at Instagram and this was apparently posted by Romeo Beckham. That's really funny.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Oh to be Hollywood...they go to Nobu Malibu like we go McDonald's yet for everyone else to actually get into and a afford a meal there is like one week's salary LOL
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 25th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Wait what??? Romeo posted that photo??? OMG that's hilarious hahahaha Matt does not look none to pleased either
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    It was posted by a Beckham fan who then got very upset that other ig users re-posted it under other names (she didn't realize Matt and family were in the photo originally).

    Edited at 2015-08-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Photo

    Hmm. I'm not all that up on how Instagram works, but how did the fan get access to all those personal Beckham family photos?
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Someone else posted the photo originally. It's a fan/fake site (not verified) and they're just copying photos from other ig pages. Only 530 followers = fake. There's a lot of public photos of the Beckham family to copy.

    Edited at 2015-08-25 10:32 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Photo

    Interesting to hear, thanks.
    P
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Instagram Q&A, new images

    Matt is hosting a Q&A on Instagram hosted by People on Wednesday. #askmartian

    People magazine ‏@people ·
    Got a question for Matt Damon about #TheMartian? Use #AskMartian and your question could end up on PEOPLE's Instagram

    Extended TV spot and new photos
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-extended-tv-spot-for-ridley-scotts-the-martian-plus-new-images-from-the-film-20150825

    Edited at 2015-08-26 12:06 am (UTC)
    From: cindiest Date: August 26th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Do you know what the handprints are for? I love all these goodies. Thank you!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2015 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    They were just for a display in the 'Mars Yard' at NASA JPL.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Toronto

    The Martian Premiere is scheduled on Friday 9/11 at Toronto:

    ROY THOMSON HALL: 9:30 PM THE MARTIAN Ridley Scott | 130 mins PREMIUM

    After that:
    SAT SEP 12 12:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall
    THU SEP 17 3:00 PM Princess of Wales

    B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Toronto

    I forgot to give the link:

    http://tiff.net/festivals/festival15/galapresentations/the-martian

    B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2015 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Toronto

    Thank you!
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