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PGL no more, Jimmy Kimmel
  • There's a video at Access Hollywood from Tuesday's red carpet premiere of Feast. In a brief report at Variety Matt confirmed that Project Greenlight is officially dead.

    Blood and guts splayed across the screen as Bravo TV series "Project Greenlight's" "Feast" preemed at Sin City's Palms Casino Resort Tuesday night.

    Exec producer Matt Damon confirmed Project Greenlight's future saying, "It's dead in the water. But this film is a pretty good note to go out on."

  • Matt made a cameo appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's prime-time show yesterday to spoof Kimmel's ongoing joke about Matt's non-appearance on the show. As reported by reader Jess:

    OMG Matt was finally on Jimmy Kimmel!!! i was just watching it and they had an hour special at 10 o'clock, and u know how jimmy always says, my apologies to matt damon, well he said we have a special guest tonight..Matt Damon and he purposely took a long time introducing him and then matt came out for like 1 minute and then jimmy said, sorry we are out of time. and then matt started going on a swearing rant and said telling him to go F himself. it was sooo funny and matt did a great job acting like he was furious. and then he stormed out.

  • Update: The video of Matt's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel is already available on ABC's website. Amusingly, it appears that Matt acted it out a little too well - many people on Kimmel's fan forums and other sites are convinced Matt's performance was for real. It will no doubt appear in completely the wrong context on YouTube within days.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Just saw the vedio on ABC. OMG!!! OMG!!! he really acted it out soooooo well. Had I not previously read the comments on this board I'ld have definitely thought it to be real. BTW are you sure it was just acting?

    Thanks for bringing all these news to us. Love your site.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    Of course it's acting - for so many reasons. Including: it was promoted as a surprise celebrity cameo (and many people guessed it would be Matt); a host would never be that disrespectful; Matt would be given a full interview if he ever did appear on the show; he would never act like that on a public appearance; he knew the context of the gag etc etc.

    But most obviously, the inordinately long introduction introducing lots of completely irrelevant facts, the introduction to the story, the gag of Ben Stiller in the audience looking at his watch, Matt never getting to say a word. It's a very obvious gag, but played out very well by Matt being the good sport. I hope it doesn't backfire.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    "I hope it doesn't backfire"

    It wont because he is a trend setter. Project " ", Guest appearance in W & G (I've read somewhere many celebrities came forward to do what Matt did after watching W&G), then this... Many will copy what he did on Jimmy's show.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Re previous message please ignore, got my media player to work and was able to view it, very, very, very funny, he's got a fantastic sense of humour he should do more comedy. Had a really good laugh, this had made my day, thanks again. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It was definitely a gag. I thought they were just going to say the same old line as the show winded down, but when Matt actually came onto the stage, I knew he'd get "cut off". It must have been fun to play along.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ha! Too funny, Matt has a great sense of humor. Thanks for the clip!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Haha thanks for posting my explanation of last night. Its funny because so many people think that was real! On the IMBD board i tried to tell them that it is just a funny skit. oh well, that just proves what an amazing actor he is!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    hey, I dont know if you saw these new pictures of matt yet..


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    I could just kick myself!

    When I got home last evening I turned on the boob tube looking for something good to watch. I did catch some of the show. I watched for a few minutes and decided to just go to bed (I turned it off just after the Stiller -vs- Kimmel PSA's bit). I had no idea that Matt would be appearing. I do not watch a lot of television and I did not know anything about the show even airing a special tribute etc....
    Thanks for the posting and I just watched the clip. It was great. As genuine as the scene appears to be, you have got to know that it is a spoof. Matt would never behave so ridiculously on television or in public. His history speaks for itself. This was brilliant.
    I know that Matt is not perfect. None of us are. Still, he's got to be pretty close (smile). I just respect him as a talent and most of all as a person. I would be honored to know him personally. However, I feel lucky just to be one of many who recognize and appreciate his gift and his authentic goodness as a person.

    sasz From: sasz Date: September 14th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    New but old pics from 9/7/2006.

    From: diana7 Date: September 14th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    OMG!!!!! I think this is the best thing ever. I have seen all his movies but this has to be the best performance yet. He was so red in the face from yelling, it was awesome. Absolutely loved it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for that! Its hilarious his acting is absolutely brilliant..love him! Hes a Good guy doing the cameo appearance bless him!

    'Many people are convinced Matt's performance was for real' <--some people need to loosen up and not take life seriously! It was very well done and it was fantastic acting, but you can tell it want real!
    Like i put on IMDB (I think you have seen it Felicity - thanks for the link you put on there by the way!)I put that i think its a prank and i new it was, and i had not even seen the clip at that point when i put the comment - because i new about the gag and stuff.
    Obviously now i have seen the clip i can tell ya its not real of course. And with all the reasons you have given aswell, which i noticed aswell - you can tell the whole thing was put on. But some people...!!

    Also sorry to hear 'Project Greenlight' is dead!

    Thats for your hard work appreciated!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    >Also sorry to hear 'Project Greenlight' is dead!

    Indeed. It was a great show and Matt & Ben really tried to give back to people by making it. Have to have a moment of silence for that one.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Finally managed to watch the Kimmel clip with sound now I'm back from work. Hysterical. Thanks for digging it up! I can't believe anyone would take it seriously! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ha ha ha ha

    I love his sense of humor!!!! The world needs more people who do not take themselves so seriously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


    HAHAHA...that was excellent. Such a great actor!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    As if we couldn't love Matt enough...

    ...he goes and does something like this. Matt's humility, sense of humour and second to none acting skills (showcased in the above video) is too much for a lowly fan-girl to handle!

    Could he be any more perfect?
    From: f_isbaella Date: September 15th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    Classic. I love how his face turned so red.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Love Interest for Jason in "Bourne Ultimatum"

    First, Thank you so much for all the great information - I would have missed Matt's appearance on Jinny Kimmel if you hadn't told us. As always, I love your site! By the way, I found the following tidbit at Julia Stiles site (http://www.julia-stiles.com/). Sorry, I don't know if you've already seen it, or, of course, how "real" the information is, but it does sound like fun! Here's the text: "Will reprise her role as Nikki in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. She's due to play a love interest for Bourne in a much expanded part. Pre-Production started in April and it should start shooting in late July or early August. We don't know at what point Julia will become involved in the production process." -- There wasn't any date on this info. Best wishes! Mooncrow
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Love Interest for Jason in "Bourne Ultimatum"

    That information is not completely accurate (and months old). It's a version of what was actually said by Frank Marshall about Julia's character. The script has undergone many changes and even Julia has said she doesn't know if she will be good (ie romantic interest) or bad.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    hmm jimmy didn't deny that matt damon was really mad on the show tonight...they talked about him storming out but they didn't say it was a joke...I still think it was a skit tho

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    There's no humor in admitting it was a prank/set-up. They will probably now talk up the idea of a 'feud' for as long as they can spin it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    Loved it -- and I wouldn't have known he'd appeared on Kimmel's show, or had a chance to see the clip, if you hadn't brought it to our attention, so thanks as usual for a job well done!

    I think that's the first time I've ever laughed out loud at anything on Kimmel's show, which I've seen very little of because the man holds zero appeal for me. I was familiar with the running gag, though, and that was a great payoff to it -- guess I've gotta give Kimmel a little credit, though it was certainly Matt who brought the funny.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Two Vids, Two Vids, Two Vids in One! :D That was a very nice surprise. I have to say I disagree with everyone who said Matt's stint on on Jimmy K was good, or convincing. Fell flat for me and really felt wooden, which is not something I would ever, under normal circumstances, use in reference to Matt. As much as I love the guy, comedy just isn't his strong suit, unless it's improved. The guy comes up with great one liners when he's unscripted, such as he was in the second video. It's a shame that that guy caught the two of them at an obviously inappropriate time. You could tell they didn't want to answer his questions by the looks on their faces, plus Ben wasn't his normal long-winded self. ;D

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