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  • Photos from the Berlin fan screening are at Daily Mail.

  • The UK Esquire interview is now available, including:

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    When I fished about for Damon stories among his friends and colleagues, what came back were ultimately just confirmations of what a nice guy he is. Words like "lovely, intelligent, hard-working, humble" (Julia Stiles), or "genuine, talented and fucking funny, even though he doesn't know it" (Kristen Wiig). Clooney said "he's a terrific actor and a great guy, but you already knew that." Yes we did. But thanks anyway. It's yet further confirmation that niceness is core to Damon's brand.

    The fun started in November 2014 in Jordan, shooting The Martian (2015) with Scott, which brought Damon his fourth Oscar nomination. Then they flew to China for five months for The Great Wall (2016) with Yimou — "a giant monster movie basically, set in 1100AD". They then moved to Tenerife for this summer's Jason Bourne — which also took them to Greece, Berlin, London and Las Vegas. And then, after six measly days rest, they shipped off to Toronto for Downsizing, by Alexander Payne (Sideways) and due out next year, which is why we're here.

    "It's a really big arthouse movie," says Damon. "Like a Charlie Kaufman movie. It might be the best movie I end up being in in my career."

    Set in the near future in Nebraska, Damon is an occupational therapist whose marriage to Kristen Wiig has seen better days: they can't afford the house they want, it's hard to make ends meet. However, Norwegian scientists have discovered how to shrink people down to 5ins in height as a way to offset climate change (tiny people consume less). So they "downsize", because big houses are even bigger when you're that small. But Wiig's character bails out at the last minute, leaving Damon at 5ins tall — and now she wants a divorce. "In one scene I have to sign the divorce papers, and I'm literally standing on the contract," he laughs. "It's such a great metaphor for divorce!"

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    Damon grew accustomed to watching himself, since he was always considered as much a writer as an actor. He was frequently invited into the problem-solving huddle with directors and producers, to watch dailies and cuts. And the experience shows. Neill Blomkamp, Elysium director, says Damon has "directorial instincts, he gets the bigger picture." And from a sheer skills perspective, his praise is higher still. "He would do the first couple of takes exactly how I asked. And if I wanted options for the editing room — he was like a computer. Anything I asked, he would just do. On a professional talent level, that was the first time I'd run into that."

  • Matt will do a Reddit Q&A on 19 July.
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    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 16th, 2016 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Los Angeles

    Matt and Lucie at the airport
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjODNER3-6A
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 16th, 2016 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Los Angeles

    Poor Matt. No fans, just professional autograph sellers.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 16th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Korea

    Matt Damon in program JTBC ‘Newsroom’.He spoke not only about the last film, but also his private judgments on political affairs and environment.
    Interview full video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac798BDBMaI
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2016 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Guardian interview

    A long, interesting interview with Matt and Paul at The Guardian:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/17/matt-damon-paul-greengrass-jason-bourne-interview

    Both men are keen Guardian readers and the newspaper features prominently in The Bourne Ultimatum. Indeed, although we had limited time for our interview, Greengrass and Damon seemed more interested at first in discussing the plight of the Guardian in an age of free internet content. It was all I could do to get them back on to the subject of the film.

    Damon is a natural communicator. I watched him for a while before our interview started, chatting to a number of people from the film company. Andy Murray had just that moment won Wimbledon and he told them an anecdote about Murray’s tailor that was done in a way that was very much “we’re all just normal guys shooting the breeze”.

    Obviously, a big part of his on-screen appeal is a kind of heightened normality. It’s a deceptively ordinary kind of charm – not handsomely ironic like George Clooney or youthfully dangerous like Leonardo DiCaprio – but he has the ability to tether an extreme scenario in a recognisably human condition.
    **

    The action in Jason Bourne is certainly inventive, but it also feels a little too large, like that of other summer blockbusters, only better filmed, more realistic. Greengrass rejects the proposition but there is a sense that up against the CGI of superheroes, there is a need to make Bourne superhuman and the action overblown.

    Some of the psychological complexity has been lost and with it some of the tension that made the earlier films so compelling. However, you sense that the fans will lap it up. And it will only serve to increase the appetite for a follow-up. Interestingly, without making it too obvious, Greengrass has painted the series out of the corner it was trapped in.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Guardian interview

    The writer's description of Bourne makes it sound exactly like what I was afraid of. Oh, well, I'll still go see it with lowered expectations and just try to enjoy it as a ride.
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Guardian interview

    I'm not worried at all. The Bourne ultimatum was a straight up action flick that got phenomenal reviews and it didn't really have much of a story. Just a 2 hour long chase film. Hell mad max fury road had literally no story at all, it was all action and fury and it was amazing. The Bourne films have always had a great mix of story and action. Too much convoluted storytelling can ruin a films pacing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guardian interview

    Doug Liman was pretty dismissive in the recent interview, partly saying what made the films special has virtually gone in this one. It will be a loud mess with not much of a story.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Guardian interview

    I'm sorry but Doug Liman is a hack that shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Paul Greengrass. If he said this then he's an idiot and its strictly unprofessional since he is an executive producer on these films. Is he jealous that both supremacy and ultimatum surpassed his bourne identity and more people relate greengrass with the bourne franchise than him? Doug Liman can go buddy up with his new best scientology friend Tom Cruise because he's a hack and one hit wonder and I dont care what he has to say.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 17th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne B roll

    The Bourne Broll is up. Part 1 features mostly the "Greek riot" scenes. Lol, the Broll footage is better than most thrillers. Part 2 has lots of other scenes, which are potentially a bit spoilery if you don't want to know anything going in.

    Part 1:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ES1IMHfO8OI

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Reviews

    The official reviews for Jason Bourne will likely be out tomorrow after the premiere.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2016 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Reviews

    Bracing myself :(

    Paula
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 18th, 2016 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    LasVegas

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Greengrass

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    US GQ interview

    Next major interview: the US GQ issue, for which we saw the photo shoot in the car in LA some weeks back.

    http://www.gq.com/story/encyclopedia-of-matt-damon

    Great profile, with some fantastic quotes.

    Part 2 at GQ:

    http://www.gq.com/gallery/matt-damon-how-to-wear-gray-suit

    http://www.gq.com/gallery/matt-damon-15-most-stylish-moments

    Edited at 2016-07-18 01:48 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: US GQ interview

    Great profile, great photos.
    I LOVE IT. (ツ)


    S.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 18th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: US GQ interview

    Unusual and very interesting article-interview. Great.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: US GQ interview

    This is just about the best thing EVER. The quote from Ben! Ha, ha, so true! And to know that people are always making these comparisons about him and Matt (based on comparing them as people, not just as artists, which must be hurtful) but to keep on loving him anyway... Honestly, it's kinda beautiful.

    The GQ gallery of Matt's best looks is funny too. It's basically, "yeah, anytime he wears black on black. And t-shirts when he's really ripped. And that's about it." Lol.

    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: US GQ interview

    The behind the scenes footage from the shoot is in this story:

    http://www.socialitelife.com/matt-damon-friends-gq-07-2016
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2016 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: US GQ interview

    So odd. That shoot is so Bond-y.


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 19th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: US GQ interview

    Fun Video!!!
    Gregory
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 18th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    LasVegas

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 18th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Will Matt make an appearance on Fallon's?

    S.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Unlikely as Matt has never been on Fallon before and he's doing James Corden. There is one tweet that Matt and Fallon were filming a skit in Vegas, but that was probably Kimmel.

    Update: Yes, later tweet confirming Kimmel.

    This may be from the skit:
    https://twitter.com/Kit23Kat/status/755199241757216768

    Edited at 2016-07-19 12:48 am (UTC)
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: July 19th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    Is he wearing a wig?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 19th, 2016 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's a skit. Yes. Lots of pics on Facebook of the skit.

    Another pic:

    https://twitter.com/beepbopurie/status/755237228977061888

    The clip has aired on Kimmel but is not online yet.
    https://www.facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive/

    Edited at 2016-07-19 04:35 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    GQ Australia

    The other photos from GQ Australia, with the Burberry cashmere coat:

    http://www.malefashiontrends.com/2016/07/matt-damon-para-gq-austrlaia-agosto.html
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 19th, 2016 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GQ Australia

    Nice to finally see! Woah bare knuckle punching.
    Gregory
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 19th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Premiere

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2016 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Premiere

    Fabulous dress on Lucy, and I love her hair. Looks like a Naeem Khan dress?
    Paula
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 19th, 2016 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Premiere

    Matt looks very solidly, but to him probably hot in a suit - the three. I have noticed that Matt and Lucie at all premieres put on very harmoniously. Lucie in LV very much, very pretty.

    Casual photos:
    Matt, Lucie, Colin, Matt B.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BIByvFjAK4o/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBvjQyhyvD/


    Before the premiere,Matt in a casino
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBer_XAIOm/
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBbXTEDusA/
    From: bumengbumeng Date: July 19th, 2016 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jimmy Kimmel Live

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