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  • There's a new profile of Matt by New York Times writer Manohla Dargis here - first two paragraphs below. There's also a new photo and a multimedia gallery.

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    Matt Damon does what few stars with his kind of billing do: he disappears. A character actor who rates multimillion-dollar paychecks, he has an Oscar, a lucrative blockbuster franchise, a wife you have probably never heard of and a résumé that includes Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh. This fall he stars in films from Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) and Robert De Niro (“The Good Shepherd”), for a reunion by proxy for the two directors. In the first Mr. Damon plays a gangster who goes under cover as a cop; in the second he plays a Yale graduate present at the birth of the C.I.A.

    Mr. Damon tends to win respect, not swoons, from film critics, but great directors can’t stay away. His boyish looks have certainly helped him land roles, and remain essential to his appeal even at 35. But it is his ability to recede into a film while also being fully present, a recessed intensity, that distinguishes how he holds the screen. When Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, two other character actors masquerading as stars, take the screen, they tend to make noise. Their beauty creates its own distractions, and their forays into brooding intensity set off flares. Mr. Damon eases into roles so quietly you rarely see him acting.

  • Matt and Lucy went to LA club Hyde last night - video here, with this comment from celebrities.com's EL Woody:

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    MATT DAMON - I had not seen the popular actor in a long time. Matt was with his wife and looking good. Matt has always been an excellent autograph signer and tonight was no exception. He was mobbed by autograph collectors and dealers. He handled it really well and signed up a storm. I would have been shocked had he not been accomodating. He is one of Hollywood’s friendliest stars and deserves a lot of credit.

  • The Hyde visit was probably after Matt and Lucy attended Ben's premiere party for Hollywoodland. A photo and brief text from the LA Times.

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    Not only were all the film's stars in attendance - Bob Hoskins, Adrien Brody, Robin Tunney, Diane Lane and others - but Ben Affleck, who plays Reeves, brought his wife Jennifer Garner, his brother Casey, his pal Matt Damon with his wife, Luciana Barroso.

    It was nice to see the best buds - who burst on the Hollywood scene in ‘97 with "Good Will Hunting," grabbed a Best Screenplay Oscar and made headlines by dating two hot actresses Gywneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder - now look like mature, happily married family men. What a difference almost a decade makes.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    I am not at all impressed with Mahohla Dargis' article about Matt. And her description of him sucks.

    And could someone please tell me why Lucy is still going by her maiden name when she a) is actually married, and b) not anyone of any significance that she should distance herself from being Luciana Damon?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 9th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    Luciana Barroso is how the press knows her, not what she chooses to call herself (I would presume).

    I like the Dargis article - it's very positive and she's chosen to do it when she could have picked anyone. She's picking up on some unique traits which others may not agree with, but it's her viewpoint.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ok, I think that may very well be the *best* pic of Batt that I've seen in years!!! Look at that smile on Matt's face! It just screams pride and love for his best friend. And why shouldn't he smile? I just saw Hollywoodland and it was wonderful. Matt himself called it: that was Ben's comeback hit, and he was amazing in it. That Matt's a smart cookie!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    it's nice to see Matti and Ben together ;-) Be happy
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 9th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt at the Hyde

    I think Dargis gets it mostly right. Matt will endure as a star long after other "pretty boys" who can't really act go by the wayside. It's his total involvement in the role that makes his work so compelling. I'm never thinking about Matt Damon the star when watching Bourne. It's only afterwards than I marvel at his intensity and that he swept me away with him to where he wanted to take me in the film. He's very good now, but I'll bet he will get even better. He really works his craft.

    There was film of Matt on yesterday's (9/8) Access Hollywood signing autographs outside the Hyde after, as the narrator said, "he made sure Lucy was safely in the limo first".

    Thanks for all the great pictures,Felicity. Your devotion is a gift.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt at the Hyde

    Thanks for your comments Joyce. I like that Access commented that Lucy was in the car already (and she was very obviously at the club), because Ramey Pix has a few photos titled "Matt Damon and a female friend out clubbing". Trying to allege something between Matt and the woman coming through the door of the club at the same time. Amusing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt at the Hyde

    Not that anyone cares, but I've worked out the woman he's leaving the club with - Michele Merkin. She's an actress/model/presenter who attended the Bourne Supremacy premiere and sat on Matt's table at the party alongside George Clooney.
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