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More Martian press, Q&A Wednesday
  • Matt will be doing a Q&A for The Martian on Wednesday with People magazine. The premiere of the film will be at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday 11 September (thanks B).

  • Interviews: Rotten Tomatoes; Rise Nation opening from ET; E Online. Photos of Matt and Lucy attending the opening of trainer Jason Walsh's Rise Nation studio are at Zimbio and more Disneyland photos are from Weibo.

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    "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."

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    IGN Interview

    Matt impersonates Ridley Scott :)

    http://youtu.be/SdOGA2YAbJE
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: IGN Interview

    That's the first comparison I've seen to Saving Private Ryan. Good interview (and Ridley impression).
    From: cindiest Date: August 30th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: IGN Interview

    yes, good interview.
    From: cindiest Date: August 30th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: IGN Interview

    I love that matt loves people. he doesn't judge them, he gets a kick out of the things that might bother other poeple. At least when it comes to hardworking people. He loves so many of the method or intense movie people that others butt heads with. LOVE THAT.

    Edited at 2015-08-30 07:39 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    Lee Hutchinson ‏@Lee_Ars
    @gimlilongbow quick tidbit: they actually grew potatoes in the Hab set rather than using fakes. Because Ridley Scott.

    Martian to screen at Fantastic Fest
    http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/26/fantastic-fest-the-martian

    New UK poster and more from the set visit in the new issue of Empire
    http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=45227

    Charitybuzz auction to win tickets to the London premiere of The Martian (US only):
    https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/851504

    The Q&A has now finished - questions and answers are posted separately on 'martianmovie' instagram (and People).

    Edited at 2015-08-26 11:34 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Various

    That q&a was better than I expected. And, dang, he looks great in that 'beardlette'.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Here's the online summary:
    http://www.people.com/article/matt-damon-the-martian-instagram-chat

    Bill Goodykoontz ‏@goodyk · 44 minutes ago
    Just chatted with Matt Damon, a genuinely nice guy. Either that or he's awfully good at acting like one.

    Matt has made some comments about Donald Trump which are being widely circulated. (On point to me, but others will disagree.) Hopefully it won't derail the promo campaign.
    http://www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/mattdamon-donaldtrump-polemica-xenofobia-critica.html

    Edited at 2015-08-27 02:24 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 27th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Short but good Q&A! That was a cool inventive way to do it. Too bad not more.
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Full Q&A

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51ATpVg5rtY

    Andy said about Matt's Performance: Matt, you completely nailed the character. It is exactly how I imagined Watney. So thanks for that!"

    I am so excited about this movie now! (Big fan of the book)

    BTW, great site. I just found this from another fan. I think you have the most Matt related information! Thanks for sharing that with other fans!

    Rose
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: The Martian Full Q&A

    Welcome, Rose! I adore the book also, and have been so nervous about how the film would turn out. Things are looking very positive so far!
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Nice interview with Ars Technica. I think this was the guy who tweeted how incredibly nice Matt was during the phone convo.
    Paula


    http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2015/08/ars-talks-with-matt-damon-on-being-astronaut-mark-watney-in-the-martian/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ARES VIDEO

    The Martian promotion video starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Very cool!

    http://youtu.be/-fdKyszL1Zo
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: ARES VIDEO

    Saw this this morning, it was beyond cool. I love how they aged Neil as if he is really talking to us from the future. :)

    --Rose
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 27th, 2015 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: ARES VIDEO

    This is incredible, because, 1) Wow, Neil deGrasse Tyson?!?! He did a whole video outlining every scientific error in Gravity so this is another (HUGE) endorsement from the scientific community; and 2) it's perfectly done, his dulcet tones narrating through visuals that are obviously taken from the movie but authentically replicate his 'Cosmos' series.

    The nerd in me actually got choked up by the optimism of the human spirit on display here. Wow. Tyson has recorded an interview with Weir as well, which I assume will come out nearer to the movie's opening. I'm knocked out.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 27th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne details

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Pics

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 28th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pics

    His arms are jacked, LOL
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    the ponytail is back

    PONYTAIL ALERT:

    Matt interviewed with several South Korean press for The Martian. In this article, the reporter said she is a huge fan of him so she was really thrilled. There's a video and some photos of him, too.

    http://www.pikicast.com/share/133165

    If you can't see the article, here's the video link.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVbQFBVi9IU


    Another interview. It starts around 1:02:20 mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHkd3C8JCCg


    There's also an interview with a French press.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lingFPSd-c
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 28th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: the ponytail is back

    These are great! Especially the first one. Paula, that's some extended ponytail time for you!
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2015 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: the ponytail is back

    Ha. A video reprieve. Gotta say, though, that beardlette is also finding a home in my heart. That people q&a slays me with the close ups. Especially the last one about the disco? Oh my!
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 31st, 2015 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: the ponytail is back

    Paula.... so many Damons to choose from.
    He looks different in that first video. Something with his eyes stands out. Is it possible he has on eyeliner or something? Do you see what I mean? I like how he looks.
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2015 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-matt-damon-and-ben-affleck-arent-making-a-reality-show-in-exclusive-project-greenlight-trailer-20150828

    New spot for Project Greenlight
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir and mom

    An interview with Andy Weir and his mother (sidenote: Andy now has a girlfriend):

    http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2015/aug/28/shes-martians-mom/

    Edited at 2015-08-29 01:22 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt interview

    A long interview with Matt, including discussion of Bourne:
    http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/matt-damon-first-farmer-mars-180956410/?all

    The interviewer blogs about the interview:
    http://chrisklimek.com/2015/08/28/im-interviewing-matt-damon/
    From: cindiest Date: August 30th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm so sorry to learn Matt's been in pain. I guess the biking accident. Glad he's getting some relief.

    As always, thank you so much for all your work and generosity. We are so lucky.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks cindiest. It could be the accident or just the stresses of action movies and age. Good to know he is better.
    From: cindiest Date: August 30th, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You're right. and yes, good to know he's better.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 31st, 2015 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    Did I miss something? Where did Matt talk about being in pain??
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2015 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    Jason Walsh, the trainer, talked in the ET interview about fixing Matt's back and shoulder pain.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 31st, 2015 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ahh, yes thank you. I thought I missed a video interview. Matt did have the bicycle accident and I think he also had herniated disc surgery or something prior to filming Behind the Candelabra. He hasn't talked about it at all, but he mentioned it an interview I believe while promoting Elysium I think, and how shooting BTC had to be pushed a month later or something due to surgery. So that might explain the back pain.
    G

    Edited at 2015-08-31 06:11 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Pain

    Ouch! I must have missed that interview. A herniated disc can be incredibly painful. There was a time awhile ago when it seemed to me like his posture had changed. Perhaps that was directly before or after surgery. So glad to hear he is better!
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 31st, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pain

    Yeah I can't recall exactly which one, but he was talking about shooting BTC and how it was put off due to Douglas' illness and then post-poned a month for his own surgery.
    No joke, I think I have a herniated disc myself.
    G
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pain

    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-23752157

    Here is the link of that interview but is it really a disc hernia?

    B.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 1st, 2015 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pain

    Ahh, yes it was hernia surgery not a herniated disc. I just found the source where I originally read it, haha and it turns out it was from this very blog :)
    http://mattdamoncolumn.livejournal.com/360754.html?thread=6438962

    From: cindiest Date: August 30th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I like Lucy's bangs. She had them when they were younger. cute.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2015 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    She seems not to be able to style them for regular outings lately. Will be interesting to see how a stylist does them for Toronto's premiere next month
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Chiwetel Ejiofor Talk about the Martian

    http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/chiwetel-ejiofor/248700/chiwetel-ejiofor-talks-z-for-zachariah-doctor-strange-and-the-martian

    "Have you seen any of The Martian yet?

    I’ve seen the film. It’s amazing. I think Ridley is extraordinary. And Matt Damon I think is absolutely fantastic in the movie. He’s a tireless actor. So yeah, I’m really excited for people to see it. It’s a beautiful film. Beautifully done. And a great book as well."

    -ROSE
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2015 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Chiwetel Ejiofor Talk about the Martian

    Thanks very much Rose! Good quotes (the best quotes so far, I think).

    Edited at 2015-09-01 03:33 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2015 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    TIFF promo

    Here's the Toronto Film Festival summary/review of The Martian which I had missed (just to get people even more excited, but of course it is a sales pitch written in the best light):

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

    An interplanetary epic of ingenuity, heroism, and high adventure, The Martian is that rare work of science fiction that's bursting with optimism.

    A galactic spin on Saving Private Ryan (in which Damon played the titular role), The Martian pays thrilling homage to those brave souls who make profound sacrifices when destiny calls upon them. Enormously entertaining and intelligent, the film is an ode to humankind's enduring thirst for discovery and our fascination with far-flung worlds. And it all unfolds in some of the most spectacular 3D imagery yet to have graced the cinema.

    Edited at 2015-09-01 04:00 am (UTC)
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