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Great Wall
  • Matt provided a description of Great Wall to Total Film:

    "It's basically a historical fantasy monster movie but with Zhang Yimou directing. It's next-level insane. The shot making is so exciting. Having done this for 25 years, to watch his work is just amazing. He directed the Beijing Olympics [opening ceremony in 2008]. It's like the film version of the Beijing Olympics but with monsters."

    Matt - who stars alongside Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau and Willem Defoe in the film - plays a mercenary who gets captured and wants to help defend China against the rise of mythical monsters.

    He explained to Total Film magazine: "It takes place around 15AD and I play a mercenary who has gone to northern China to steal gunpowder. The movie starts with him being pursued by these nomad tribesman who are going to kill him. They are a group of Chinese soldiers whose job it is to defend the wall because every 60 years these monsters out of Chinese mythology rise up and assault the wall, and try to break through to take over and kill everyone. Some of these soldiers living and die without ever seeing these beasts. They live to defend China. Pedro and I get captured by the army on the eve of an attack and prove ourselves worthy of helping in the defence of the wall."

  • Ben talked about the new Runner project and the Kimmel skit at the Inquirer.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2016 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Extended cut of The Martian

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Extended cut of The Martian


    From: iri_na_00 Date: March 29th, 2016 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Extended cut of The Martian

    Great news )
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Extended cut of The Martian

    And it's very exciting!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 1st, 2016 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Extended cut of The Martian

    And more info about the extended cut Blu-Ray expected later this year:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Reese Witherspoon has left Downsizing, supposedly due to 'scheduling'. Kristin Wiig replaces her (boring choice).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    Oh no! And i was very excited to see Matt and Reese work together in Downsizing too! And that's not right! smh
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    It's clearly not scheduling issues, and there's another story here, unless she has a brand new project about to be announced that starts next week (or it is for health reasons). It really makes Matt the sole star of the project, with others in supporting roles.

    Think of all the better possible choices than Kristin Wiig. Rosario Dawson for a start?

    Edited at 2016-03-30 03:52 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Downsizing

    Actually it is scheduling issues she is working on a miniseries that has gone long and has another movie coming up shortly. She also wants to spend some time with her family. There is no story here.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2016 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Downsizing

    I would have been glad to see Matt work with Reese but I think Wiig is hilarious.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 30th, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    This project reminds me too much of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' where she played a similar wife/partner role and I thought she was really poor and out of place.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2016 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Downsizing

    I thought she was good in The Martian. I hope this casting combined with that of Waltz - doesn't indicate they're going "big" (if you know what I mean). Because that is simply not Matt's forte. Matt excels at "real".

    Here's hoping for the best!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 31st, 2016 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Soderbergh project

    Matt is definitely in Soderbergh's next project, but it's probably not a starring role (this was the rumor after his involvement was denied last time):


    And yes, I did ask Soderbergh about his brief “retirement” from feature films and his upcoming return with “Lucky Logan.” Channing Tatum does star in it, and Matt Damon, Soderbergh confirmed, “is in it.” Soderbergh, one of my favorite directors of my own generation, told me: “You’ll have to wait to see why I’m doing this. There’s a whole story around it that will make sense.”
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 31st, 2016 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    But Soderbergh just denied he said that Matt is in the film:

    Bitchuation ‏@Bitchuation · 2 minutes ago
    Dear Roger Friedman, who I spoke to tonight: I never said Matt Damon was in LOGAN LUCKY because Matt Damon is not in LOGAN LUCKY. Wtf, dude

    From: iri_na_00 Date: March 31st, 2016 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    This means he has no projects after Suburbicon. Besides, Downsizing and Suburbicon will not be hits. Sorry.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 31st, 2016 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    We don't know that. At least they aren't superhero movies.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: March 31st, 2016 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    The Martian wasn't superhero movies, and became a hit. I do not see any prerequisites to this in future films. I'll be happy to be wrong.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2016 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    Well, not all the superhero movies are as bad as Batman V Superman.
    I always hoped he finally made a Daredevil movie (the one with Affleck, it was meant to be Matt at the begining)
    Last year, during the promotion tour for The Martian, someone ask Matt and he says *If Nolan direct it, I will play the role* Then Jessica Chastain add that she want to be Electra. They're joking at the time, I guess.
    But, that's a superhero movie I definitely want to see.
    I think Matt & Jessica make a fabulous onscreen couple.
    I would like to see them doing more movies together.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    matt should have a Dark Knight.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Soderbergh project

    I don't get why everyone has to do a superhero movie now. I know why people like them but there are literally so many of these movies now (4,5 a year) I am already getting tired of it.

    I actually find it's great that Matt is not making a blockbuster superhero movie now instead focusing on more character driven smaller ones. He had 3 big budget blockbuster type movie( Martian, Bourne and the Great Wall) in a roll already. I am looking forward to those two new projects. It's more exciting to wait and to see what kind of roles he will bring us next than just another superhero.

    Just my 2 cents.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re: Soderbergh project

    I agree with you completely, Rose. He's doing a great job in choosing movies that work for him rather than just doing what other actors are doing. I hope he never does a superhero movie. Jason Bourne is superhero enough for me!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 31st, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Soderbergh project

    Agree also, Rose. No reason to be negative. I'm excited by his slate of projects (mostly). Payne's project is certainly unique, but that should be celebrated. He's a great director with six Oscar nominations and a couple of wins. I feel the same way about the Yimou project. Weird, but kind of exciting. Certainly Yimou has the capacity to make gorgeous visuals. Plus we get close ups of the ponytail! :)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 1st, 2016 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    Here we go again "oh pony tail oh pony tail" LOL
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2016 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Soderbergh project

    "What light through yon window breaks?
    'Tis the east (China), and ponytail, the sun."

    Totally not kidding. ;-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2016 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Re: Soderbergh project

    "Is this a ponytail I see before me?.........Come, let me clutch thee."

    Really, Paula, are we not mixing beard with Bard. Well, of course it's a backward beard, doncha know?

    "A ponytail! a ponytail! my kingdom for a ponytail!"

    I'm just horsing around!

    Louie :-D
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 3rd, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Soderbergh project

    Louie, you weren't on here when I did a full "Oh Ponytail Oh Ponytail" for Paula to the melody of "O Tenanbaum O Tenanbaum" it got a bit out of hand, LOL

    Moving on...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 1st, 2016 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's time to get some pics, even if they aren't very new. I think they weren't posted here (sorry if I fail):
    this one from Water.org about Water Day:

    And this one during reshoot in London; it's always a pleasure to see Matt laughing!

    Jasin Boland posted on his Instagram the photo of Bourne on his moto with this comment:
    My new release image of #mattdamon as #jasonbourne in @jasonbourne #bourne2016 anyone else looking forward to this film? Can't wait for you to see more of my work from this one!
    Haha, no Jasin, you are the only one!

    Btw, I agree that Matt is a subtile actor, better in its place in fine role than as a superheros (except Bourne of course)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2016 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)


    Downsizing has started filming, there are pictures of Matt on set at LA on Weibo.

    I cannot post the link now since I am using my phone.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: April 2nd, 2016 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    At last new photos of Matt. Thanks a lot
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2016 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Downsizing

    Indeed, new pics are always good :)

    &Agreed, bye bye Jason Bourne body..

    From: iri_na_00 Date: April 2nd, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    I Agree. And, so quickly. But we can understand him :-)
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