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  • There's a lengthy cover interview with Matt at the Hollywood Reporter, including:

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    "I'm not angst-free," he says. "I mean, look, I've got a lot riding on this movie."

    He's also more thoughtful, and far more cerebral, than his regular-guy image might lead one to believe. The intellect he inherited from his university professor mother and onetime stock¬broker father seeps through — it's there in everything from his articulateness when he speaks about clean water (his most prominent cause) to his taste in books. He has just finished Passage of Power, the fourth part in Robert Caro's ongoing biography of Lyndon B. Johnson.

    "[Bourne director] Paul Greengrass sent it to me a year or two ago and said it was his book of the year," he says. "I came across it on the shelf and I'd forgotten about it. I looked at [its size], and I went, 'No way.' But I read it in a couple of days. I could not put it down. It's such a comprehensive picture. I walked away thinking, 'This guy is so f—ing complicated.' And of course, we all are. We all are."

    He looks at me directly, almost as if challenging me to draw the inevitable conclusion about him. He has a striking mixture of intensity and ease, of emotions held back and wry humor. He hints at moments of loneliness ("lonely in a sense of, you know, you have to make a huge effort to see friends") and restlessness ("We might move back to New York") without revealing more. I wonder whether he's always this contained or whether, like that volcano — dormant, but not extinct — his emotions might one day erupt.

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    It's impossible not to be intrigued by the apparent opposites that Damon and Affleck represent, one as seemingly held back as the other is emotionally flamboyant — as if one is the other's id unleashed and spinning out of control. But Damon rejects that impression.

    "In the marketplace, everything gets exaggerated," says their agent, WME's Patrick Whitesell. "These guys are both super interested in doing a range of things — Matt's diversity as an actor and Ben going down the road of writing, acting and directing. They're all things that come from an artistic place, and they love the challenge of it. That spark is where they are very similar. And on a philanthropic level, they're both very, very committed."

    He and Affleck are developing other movies together through their Pearl Street Films, including a Robert F. Kennedy biopic (with Damon playing RFK and A Royal Affair's Nikolaj Arcel writing and directing), though no start date has been set. "It's a wonderful script," he says, acknowledging that he's more focused on his next movie,Alexander Payne's Downsizing, which starts shooting early next year.

    As to the actor's long-held plans to direct, they're some time from happening, especially while he is back at the peak of his acting career with Martian and the new Bourne. "I have to find the time," he says. "I have to find the right project that's going to fit with my life."

    [Ridley] Scott remembers the humor Damon displayed in that meeting and how easygoing he was, qualities he valued during the intense shoots. "He is the most polite, nicest guy I've ever worked with," says the filmmaker. "There's no star attitude; there's no attitude at all, which is really refreshing and nice. But, underneath it, he's very sophisticated in his awareness of what he's doing."

    He refuses to be apart from his family for more than two weeks at a time; either they come to see him or he returns to Los Angeles. He is still getting used to the idea that his eldest daughter, Alexia, 17 (his wife's from a previous marriage), will not join the rest of the family in visiting him when Bourne shifts to London in early October. "She'll stay back with her grandmother and in school," he says. "So that's a big one for us. We've never split the family."

    "I remember thinking, in my early 30s, that I wouldn't [get married], you know?" he reflects. "I didn't think it was going to happen for me. My brother found his soul mate very young; he'd just turned 26 when they were married. He'd been married for 10 years by the time I even met my wife, and I looked at this really happy, wonderful marriage and kind of went, 'I guess that's not going to happen for me.' And then it did."

  • Quotes about Matt from Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard:

    Ridley Scott
    “He is one of the rare actors. There’s not a lot like him in this business,” said Scott. “When you are directing any movie, you need team players, and I always try to work in a team, and as a unit, and Matt understands that. He is a great team player and very kind. Apart from his incredible talent, he is a wonderful, caring person.”

    Drew Goddard, screenwriter
    “Some of my favourite moments in the movie are the things Matt did,” said Goddard. “It’s little and subtle but it all adds up. He’s one of the rare actors that you can point the camera at and leave on and magic happens.”
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 1st, 2015 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    THR

    So Happy he made the cover!! Solid well fleshed out interview. Some new details, even for us die-hard fans!
    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2015 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    MTV interview

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: MTV interview

    That was funny!! Even i couldn't answer them accurately!

    -Hanna
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: MTV interview

    Ha, ha. I always look forward to Josh on these PR tours, and I bet Matt does, too.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2015 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    SAG Q&A

    Eight minutes of the SAG Q&A:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJj_2DKhvW0

    Fun Today Show interview with Matt and Jessica:

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

    Edited at 2015-10-01 07:09 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: SAG Q&A

    I'm glad you found that Today show interview, I had been looking around for it. It is something not a lot of the interviews have been - fun.
    Paula
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 2nd, 2015 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: SAG Q&A

    Thanks for posting indeed! The SAG interview covered much of the same stuff his other one did for Promised Land. TODAY show interview was very fun! I would like to see them work together again. Best line "I see a lot of improvement" haha!
    G
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2015 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Reactions

    My thoughts: the movie looks so beautiful. Didn't watch it in 3D, but the visuals are just stunning. It does feel very well crafted. I actually expected more Matt. It really is very different from the book, and so much is missing, including many of the best lines. Some of the best bits from the promo materials aren't included in the film (and not just the obvious viral clips).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Reactions

    Thanks, awesome! Will you see it in 3D as well? I definitely want to do a comparison.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Review round up

    Here's a roundup of reviews sure to delight any Damon fan (or any fan of the book). Only the teensiest of spoilers, although I know many of you either will have seen it already or will be seeing it very, very soon. Have fun!
    Paula

    http://www.eonline.com/news/701141/the-martian-review-roundup-critics-hail-matt-damon-s-performance-in-the-exhilarating-outer-space-survival-story

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Review round up

    Im going Saturday to see it!! So excited!
    Just finished the book so im ready!

    -Hanna
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Review round up

    Here's a really nice one from USA Today, important because it is so frequently reprinted. Nice quote: Even with the discovery of water, "?.. Matt Damon still may be the best thing ever to happen to Mars."
    Paula

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/10/01/the-martian-matt-damon-review/73067020/

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rotten Tomatoes

    The Martian has (finally) been certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, at 92%! It's in a dead heat with Emily Blunt's Sicario, and ahead of The Walk, which is actually getting better reviews than I had anticipated.

    Rotten Tomatoes has a very well done exploration - and appreciation - of Matt's top ten definitive performances. I love that they don't stick to just dramas and box office hits, and really look at the diversity of his work. He is sooooo much more than a typical leading man. This article is a keeper. But it's also already outdated, as they will need to add The Martian at #11!
    Paula

    http://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/definitive-matt-damon-movies/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2015 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Rotten Tomatoes

    I loved that Riotten Tomatoes list. Thank you. Stuck on You is one of my very favorites. Lol. So sweet n cute n funny.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 2nd, 2015 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rotten Tomatoes

    Oh this will be a crowing moment. I cannot wait to see footage of him getting the Golden Tomato! :D Picked up my copy of the Hollywood Reporter tonight too! Not sure if I will be able to see the movie Friday night. I'm dying to of course. I have my boss' 50th B'day party to attend Saturday night.
    Gregory

    Edited at 2015-10-02 06:07 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 2016 & Other

    Picture of Matt with the shirt of CD Tenerife. I believe this is from last week.

    http://www.laliga.es/noticias/matt-damon-un-chicharrero-de-cine?action=redirect_site&change=

    There are some pictures of Matt leaving Gym with Lucy on Wednesday, so I guess he is still in LA. He is really looking good these days.

    http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/3474478/matt-damon-thr-ben-affleck-jennifer-lopez-05/fullsize/

    (BTW, I am amazed at the headlines these trash website come up with, they just write whatever they want to get clicks.)

    --Rose
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 2016 & Other

    And there are more photos at the gym with Lucy on Thursday.

    Ridley Scott on Matt's comments (he wasn't aware and doesn't seem to care):
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/ridley-scott-the-martian_560c2fe8e4b07681270054b0

    New York Times positive review, with Manohla Dargis calling Matt 'our Jimmy Stewart':
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/movies/review-in-the-martian-marooned-but-not-alone.html

    Really positive review at the Wall Street Journal:
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-martian-review-one-giant-leap-for-sci-fi-1443718837

    the pleasures of a great performance (Mr. Damon is a virtuoso, the vital center of an impressively elaborate production)

    it truly is about being human, which means, in Mr. Damon’s bold and beautiful portrayal...

    Positive also at the LA Times:
    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-martian-review-20151002-column.html

    Edited at 2015-10-01 08:52 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Bourne 2016 & Other

    Perhaps this is something people can use to help depressurize after the high of seeing the movie. This is a list of the Top Ten Damon movies/performances from the Schmoes. It's an hour+ podcast. I don't actually know much about the people doing it but they seem to be getting very popular and to have a more mature perspective on acting than you typically get with these top ten lists. Anyway, I enjoyed it.
    Paula

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oBV7zziLETY

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Interview

    He speaks spanish quite well!! Must help when he has a wife from Argentina, i wonder if they speak spainsh to one another frequently.

    I think he was talking about that time he went to Mexico when he was 16, and he learned spanish there.

    I find it attractive that he can speak another language

    -Hanna
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Saw it in 3-D

    I've now seen the 3-D version of The Martian AND the 2-D. Very much prefer the 3-D, though had I only seen the 2-D, I'd have been really happy, too. I just felt closer to Matt, more immersed in his struggle, more involved in the immediacy of the action. I felt like I was with a friend going through a period of struggle and doing well. I see with two eyes every day, so I like seeing films as extensions of my own reality. Beyond all that, the 3-D is beautifully handled, parallax views are carefully set, contrast perfectly used. So---no discomfort viewing whatever. Great film. Great cast (Matt is at the top of his game). Great visually--beautiful cinematography.

    Really happy camper (and Matt fan) here. People who are averse to 3-D should see it in 3-D if their eyes and brain can see 3-D. It could easily change a critic's mind.

    Louie
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Saw it in 3-D

    Thanks Louie. I wear glasses so adding 3D glasses on top makes it really difficult to see well, but I may have to reconsider for this one.

    Downsizing does to Paramount and will start in spring 2016:
    http://variety.com/2015/film/news/paramount-alexander-payne-downsizing-matt-damon-1201608948/

    Matt on the Seahawks:
    http://www.komonews.com/seattlerefined/lifestyle/Matt-Damon-talks-The-Martian-and-the-Seahawks-330480931.html

    Cute:
    https://instagram.com/p/8Wcm0BrwqR/?taken-by=jimmykimmellive

    Edited at 2015-10-03 02:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Saw it in 3-D

    There are a number of clip-on 3-d glasses for people who wear glasses. Friends of mine who need to wear glasses to see the screen just buy a pair or two (very inexpensive, they're not the same active glasses some 3-D tv's use); they're the same as the ones the theaters distribute except they clip on your glasses). They then take them with to 3-D showings. Those also work for passive 3-D sets at home.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: October 3rd, 2015 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Saw it in 3-D

    Welcome Louie! Nice to have another male in the group amongst all these lovely ladies! I will have to wait until Sunday to see the movie. But I'm sure it will be wellllll worth it!!!
    Gregory
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    I should have included this with my last message above. Here is a U.S. Amazon page with some glass choices. Naturally, you want the Polaroids, not the red and blue.

    http://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=3-D+clip-on+glasses&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3A3-D+clip-on+glasses

    Louie

    P.S. Great site, by the way.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Louie. Never heard of the clip on 3d glasses before - will check them out. And welcome!

    **
    There's some very targeted marketing today. It's the AFL grand final (one of the biggest sporting events in Australia) and ads for The Martian are all over its online site:

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-10-02/grand-final-match-day-running-sheet
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Lousie! I also wear glasses and had a hard time today watching it in theatre. I had to constantly adjust it. Good to know there are some other options out there .

    I watched the Martian in 3D today. I really like the 3D because everything just looks so real. I will watch it again in 2d just to compare though.

    Overall I think the movie dos a great job adapting the book and kept the basic tone of the book. It's funny and intense and 2 and half hours just flew by.
    I understand the changes they made from book to movie because even with all the stuff they cut it's still 2 and half hour long. My friend and I kept pointing out what is missing. I do wish we get more Watney/Matt though, he is just so fun to watch but I guess they have to tell the story with the crew and the ground. One thing I am not a big fan is the change they made to the ending, I guess they change it to make it even more dramatic but I think the book version is neater and makes more sense!
    Even with these small problems it is definitely a great movie and I enjoyed it very much! My theatre was packed and the next two shows was completely sold out when we got there. Also everyone gave a big applause at the end!

    The best thing though was when we got out, there was a small crowd right outside the door. Guess what, it's Andy Weir in person! I knew he lives in the same city as I but I never expect he would show up at the theatre! It was such a surprise! Too bad I did not have my book with me, but I got a picture with him! He is very cool!

    ---Rose
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2015 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    Andy! So exciting for Andy, and great to know he was at the theater watching the opening night crowds.

    Neill deGrasse Tyson has praised the film on twitter, but gave out some major spoilers.
    http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/02/neil-degrasse-tyson-the-martian?hootPostID=9e0c08fb6d2ba514182a6de3cb304338

    Also praising the film: Elon Musk and Buzz Aldrin. The CinemaScore is A, with Sicario an A-.

    Edited at 2015-10-03 06:25 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2015 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir

    Wow, Rose, that's awesome!
    Paula
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