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Bourne 5 continues, Toronto stories
  • Matt has returned to Tenerife to continue filming Bourne 5. Photos of Matt meeting fans on set and having dinner with the cast are at La Opinion.

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  • Matt answered reader questions at the New York Times, including:

    In which of the many movies that you have made did you feel that you learned the most about acting from the director?
    Matt:Every single one has been a big learning experience. Coppola, who directed “The Rainmaker,” came from the theater. He did a lot of big productions in college. So he had an incredible understanding of actors. When you would turn up at work in the morning, he would gather the actors in a circle and do acting exercises. I’ve never seen a film director do that since. But it’s a huge part of his whole process.

    It’s breaking you down and getting you to leave your ego aside. It makes you a part of the group, allows you to embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues in a way that turns the whole day into something really playful. There’s just this implicit support of risk-taking among the artists.

    What is good for you about playing a hero? A villain?
    Well it’s more liberating to play a villain because you can really do anything you want. It gives you more of a chance to play. As the hero in a movie, you do have to keep the audience in mind. You can’t lose them. They need to know why you're doing what you're doing because your job is to hold their hand through the story.

    I always thought of myself as a character actor, and the leading man stuff doesn't come as naturally to me. While they’re letting me do it, I’ll do it as long as I can. But I’m really hoping I’ll end up as just a character actor again.

    If you were not allowed to act, and were able to do your working life over again, what career might you consider?
    I’d direct. And still write too. There’s so much overlap in all those jobs, that I’d still do something to do with filmmaking.

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    Is there any actor/actress you would like to work with but haven’t yet?
    There’s a ton. Tom Hardy I think is really interesting in everything he does. I’d love to do something with him. I’m about to work with Alicia Vikander for the Bourne movie, which I’m really excited about. And Tommy Lee Jones is in that too. He directed me in a cable TV movie 21 years ago, but I haven’t really hung out with him since then. But he’s as good as anybody working, so I’m looking forward to that too.

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  • Ridley Scott talked about Matt at Deadline:

    DEADLINE: Sandra Bullock did it in Gravity, Tom Hanks in Cast Away and Will Smith in I Am Legend, but not every actor is watchable for long periods, by themselves. How did you know he would be?
    SCOTT: His body of work. I’ve watched everything he’s done and he’s a very thinking actor and he never does anything just because he thinks it’s going to be commercial. Story is as important to him as it is with me. I always say my plan is, there is no plan. I read something and say, wow, I like that, and if I can get it, I’ll do it. Matt’s body of work has been so seamless that I knew he could handle it.

  • And there was a mashed potato bar at the cocktail party for The Martian in Toronto.
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    Comments
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 15th, 2015 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    media

    It's a good week, and they adore him! Just look at the smiles all around. Great excerpts from the press. About time his acting finally gets noticed and appreciated.
    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2015 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    ET

    The only clip from Matt's interview with ET was shown late in the episode in a section about Oscar contenders (Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil mentioned Matt).

    The host asked Matt what Lucy thought of the film and Matt said she liked it. 'She was very excited to be out of the house. Her mom is at home with the kids. So we had a date night.'

    E Online interview:
    http://au.eonline.com/news/696052/matt-damon-hates-working-out-so-how-d-he-get-that-ripped-for-the-new-jason-bourne-movie

    Edited at 2015-09-15 09:17 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    BOURNE 2016

    Another video of Matt on set:
    https://instagram.com/p/7qgblQOXxg/?taken-by=josebolorino
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: BOURNE 2016

    Another on set Video:
    https://instagram.com/p/7qYxF0pMIh/?taken-by=jairoamerico

    --Rose

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: BOURNE 2016

    Photos and a report on last night's filming. Vincent Cassel is also in Tenerife:

    http://www.laopinion.es/tenerife/2015/09/16/hollywood-incendia-capital/628459.html
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: BOURNE 2016

    Full video

    http://youtu.be/Q48JzidhZUk
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 16th, 2015 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: BOURNE 2016

    I like how he seamlessly and graciously turns to wave at the cheering crowd :)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 15th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    With Fans in Spain

    The Incredible Matt Damon:)
    https://instagram.com/p/7qYVc9G_30/?taken-by=petermb87

    -Rose
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Fabulous comments from Ejiofor and Daniels about Matt's strong central performance in The Martian. Daniels says he hopes Matt gets nominated.
    Paula


    https://instagram.com/p/7qYVc9G_30/?taken-by=petermb87

    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 15th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Where we can read it, Paula?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Sorry, can't find the right link. Paula?

    New cast member for Bourne - Ato Assandoh:
    http://variety.com/2015/film/news/bourne-sequel-ato-essandoh-matt-damon-1201594300/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: The Martian

    So sorry, my bad!
    Paula


    http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/chiwetel-ejiofor-and-jeff-daniels-on-tackling-ridley-scotts-the-martian-20150915

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Thanks Paula, awesome quotes:

    Both men are cheerleaders for Matt Damon, whose performance is the centerpiece and with whom they never really crossed trajectories. Ejiofor and Daniels shot in Houston, months before Damon started filming on what seems to be another planet.

    “Matt Damon is superb, it’s a brilliant central performance, and not an easy one to do,” Ejiofor said. “I met Matt Damon years and years ago -- and then the other day.” He laughed. “I said, ‘I really hope to work with you one day, mate.’”

    Daniels said, “I really like him and I was glad to be in the movie, first for Ridley, but second for Matt, because he makes good movies; he doesn’t make bad movies. And what he does in the film is extraordinary, a wonderful actor’s challenge and he did it really, really well. I hope he gets nominated, because he went from A to Z.”
    From: cindiest Date: September 16th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: The Martian

    🙏🙏🙏 I hope he gets a nomination and that everybody loves and celebrates him like we do. So excited for the movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: The Martian

    Me too! He deserve it!

    -Rose
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tenerife

    Longer video of Matt greeting fans.

    http://youtu.be/bHOXieyKr3s
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 16th, 2015 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Project Greenlight

    Here is a recap of the scene and what was said
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/matt-damon-explains-diversity-hollywood-social-media-uproars-n427301

    I still don't understand what on earth the fuss is about.
    "You do it in the casting of the film not in the casting of the show". You can do it in the casting of the show, but the show is based on merit. So why on earth would you choose someone of diversity just to fulfill a quota, that goes against the premise of the show. When they say he cut her off, I think they are being harsh, he interjected. It was an open dialog for all of them in that portion of the show.

    The article goes on to point out that that only after Effie "raised a red flag about the racial trope in the script that other judges chimed in and declared they too had a problem with the female character, and said changes will be made." Which proves my point that I made in the other thread about the diversity really is born on the page. So apparently the writer is shitty cause the way the character is portrayed needs major tweaking.

    I just don't see what all the damn fuss is about what he said. Plus I think people get overly sensitive and PC. Like God forbid Matt interject his thoughts if it appears to put down the advocacy of diversity even if it's not relevant to the logic and premise of the show and choosing a director based on merit.

    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    And it is obvious that it has been a long discussion. That they have already discussed this, and Matt is just stressing the point that the show is based on merit ... anyway I totally agree.

    I think some people just realy enjoy having a go on Matt, because he so rarely does anything that can be anywhere near politically incorrect. Unfortunatly.

    s-dk
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Project Greenlight

    😊👍
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    Gregory, well said!
    I totally agree! And I hope people will soon see that!

    -Rose
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    😊👍
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    Greg you are totally right and a good lawyer for Matt! You should post it on twitter for saying the truth. I think that many people just retweet without even having seen the show, and without understanding the situation and searching to understand just to make a negative buzz.
    I feel so sad that is happening right now and luckily I can share this with all of you.
    B.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Project Greenlight

    😊👍 I posted a tweet just to add my 2 cents got 2 likes

    Edited at 2015-09-17 01:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    Matt is sciencing the shit out of marketing Project Greenlight!

    As Felicity noted the other day, this was all deliberately edited to emphasize Effie's surprise. Just to put it in context, we don't even know if her "whoa" was in response to what he said or to something else entirely! The premise of the show is that there's drama inherent in making a movie, and, well, hello, drama!

    To be honest I wasn't interested in watching the show and now I am, so mission accomplished. It's very funny to see the right try to build it up and use it to attack Matt and the idea of emphasizing diversity. Somehow I feel confident it will come back and bite them. Looking forward to what happens next.
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 16th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    Thank you all for your opinion and glad to know that I'm not loosing my mind. If you go back to the prior thread posted before this one, I went to great lengths to discuss the casting process itself and the role it plays in filmmaking and what we end up seeing and don't end up seeing on the big screen and small screen.

    Nevertheless, Matt issued a statement (apology?) today. And he he doesn't really apologize cause obviously he didn't say or do anything wrong.
    http://variety.com/2015/film/news/matt-damon-project-greenlight-diversity-apology-1201595189/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    And Matt gets referenced in an article about the new Australian Prime Minister. This week is strange.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/pm-accused-of-mansplaining--but-what-does-it-mean-20150916-gjo7sk.html

    **
    That non-apology is useless and is only upsetting people more. The apology had to be done properly or not at all. This only gives it air to last another week or until the movie's release. The studio, which I presume forced the apology, would not be happy.

    Edited at 2015-09-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    If you're getting tired of this phony "controversy" I can recommend a delightful vacation from it. Andy Weir put a photo of Matt on his Facebook page today (probably not a coincidence) and the resulting comments are bracingly sane and intelligently funny.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    I love this picture! He is so concentrated and cute!
    -Rose!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Tweet

    Not sure why Anne Thompson posted a photo of Matt (and why Frank Marshall retweeted it). Presumably a pic from TIFF.

    Anne Thompson ‏@akstanwyck 6 hours ago
    Matt Damon!

    **
    Video with Chiwetel Ejiofor (and a related video with Drew Goddard)
    http://www.craveonline.com/culture/900699-tiff-2015-video-chiwetel-ejiofor-martian
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's reaction

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matt-damon-apologizes-diversity-comments-823935?utm_source=twitter

    B.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New promo for The Martian

    I'm not sure if this is a clip or another 'viral' promo, but either way it's really fun. I love that they're incorporating so much from the book.

    FEAR HIS BOTANY POWERS! :-)
    Paula

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YD1rlE5tp_0
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: New promo for The Martian

    "MARS WILL COME TO FEAR, .... MY BOTANY POWERS" ...

    love that video! Watched it twice.
    Matt is going to kick ass in this film, and it seems as though they've stayed true to the book! Can't wait to see the movie..
    Ahhh the anticipation!

    -H
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New promo for The Martian

    Great video.

    Enthusiastic line from a review in GQ:
    http://www.gq.com/story/the-martian-nerd-triumph

    Despite the numerous physical challenges—and Damon’s humbling Greek sculpture of a body—the film stands as the ultimate nerd triumph, a grueling test of mind over matter. In the extremes of outer space, brute force alone isn’t going to cut it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt on set (photos)

    https://twitter.com/moi_rodriguezr

    Moisés Rodríguez ‏@moi_rodriguezr · 8 hours ago
    Me pasan estas fotos del rodaje en #Tenerife de la nueva peli de la saga #Bourne. Ganas de ver el resultado final! 🎬

    Edited at 2015-09-16 11:39 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    First Names

    Hey All -- I'd love to get to know everyone a bit by first name. I know I use "G" sometimes but I sign Gregory mostly. I wish so many of you all didn't just use initials. I like that when Paula or Rose talk I know who it is :) or Cindiest or any others I'm missing. We have some new people in this blog and it'd be nice to be a little more acquainted. It's just a thought. There are a lot of "Anoymous" posters too. Why not sign up with just a screen name?
    Gregory
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Mashed Potato Bar

    haha, the mashed potato bar after party cuisine article was a riot!!! :D Funniest line was " It seems like the stuff some dandyish intergalactic emperor would eat in a Wachowskis movie." AND THAT is exactly what the chef intended when he was given the task of a potato inspired hor dourves party menu.
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hi Matt

    M.. (Mel, Port D)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2015 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hi Matt

    Hi Mel!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Hi Matt

    I usually put (-H) at the bottom of my posts!

    My name is Hanna and I'm 22! :)
    I have a LiveJournal account but im to lazy to sign in Lol!
    I've been following this Matt Damon LiveJournal page since i was a teenager but recently this year ive started making comments and posts!
    I would like to also take a minute to thank you all for your posts! Ive been a huge fan of matt damon since i saw the bourne identity as a kid, i enjoy staying up to date with my favorite actor and i enjoy the fact that i have something in common with you all!
    So to Paula, Gregory, Rose, Cindiest and eveyone else thank you for this page and posts! There's always something interesting

    -Hanna
    (Aka)
    -H
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Hi Matt

    Hi, Hanna, thanks for telling us a bit about yourself. I'm glad you've started posting! It's a fun community, and a very exciting time for fans with The Martian coming up.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Hi Matt

    Absolutely! I'm still reading the book, i would like to finish it before i see the movie!
    Im so thrilled!

    -H
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