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Departed, Leatherheads
  • A new version of an old story at UPI:

    Hollywood actor Matt Damon says he went with police to raid a crack house while preparing to play a Boston cop in the new crime drama, "The Departed."

    However, Damon said fans shouldn't think he did anything heroic during the outing.

    "I'm sure I was in no real danger. They brought twice as many cops as they do on those raids and I was in the back of the line with my bullet-proof vest on ... and I didn't go in until they cleared the house, but I got to see them do it," he told reporters in New York.

    "Did you ever see 'The Hard Way,' with Michael J. Fox?" Damon joked, referring to a 1991 comedy, in which Fox played an actor shadowing a real-life officer to prepare for a movie role. "That was me. 'Hey guys, do I get a gun?' They were like: 'Absolutely not! Shut up!'"

    Because the real-life Boston native didn't have to spend time learning a Boston accent like his co-stars, Damon said he concentrated on talking to actual cops, so he could make his character seem authentic.

  • It was announced today that George Clooney will be directing as his next project the screwball football comedy Leatherheads - see the Variety announcement here. A Fox News report in September 2003 had previously indicated that Matt may play a role in the film.

    The football comedy, set up at Universal, may also feature Matt Damon as Clooney's protégé. Still to be cast is the beautiful young thing torn between them.

  • Update: A variation of the previously linked interviews with Matt in Toronto to promote the One X One event is here, including:

    "There's nothing more annoying than watching some self-righteous celebrity tell you how you should live your life," Damon recently told Maclean's. "Unfortunately, more people will show up to hear me talk about Africa than they will to hear Jeffrey Sachs. I think that's crazy. But it's the world we're living in."

    This summer, Joelle Berdugo Adler, president of jeans outfit Diesel Canada and the founder of One X One, approached Damon about hosting the gala. The actor agreed. "It's a chance, quite candidly, to raise so much money that I have to make myself available," says Damon. What drives him to pepper his busy shooting schedule with such work? Damon recalls a quote from Gandhi his mother placed on the refrigerator when he was a child. "No matter how insignificant what you do may seem," it said, "it's most important that you do it."

    Adler hammered out the gala details with Damon just three weeks ago: "The first impression you get is exactly what you see -- this really genuine, beautiful, caring human being with a big smile." She plans to announce a One X One donation to Damon's clean water initiative at the event. Running the Sahara, it's hoped, will premiere at next year's One X One benefit. The irony here is that Damon, the A-list actor, is leveraging his celebrity to bring aid to people to whom his name and face may mean little. Indeed, in Africa, he says, "they don't know who I am."

  • Update: Roger Friedman of Fox News breaks The Departed's review embargo and praises the film here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Larry Kimmel video clip

    I just wanted you to know that I showed the clip to my sister over the weekend, and she thought it was hilarious, she laughed out loud. She isn't a fan (yet), though she does love the Jason Bourne movies, and she really enjoyed Syriana which surprised me. Anyway I'm working on her.

    She thought it very funny, and loved his sense of humour. Also glad you cleared up that thing with Minnie Driver. I showed it to her because it's one of the things that put her off him, and she's much more favourable to him now. Thanks for the good work, you may have another convert soon. MP

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 18th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Larry Kimmel video clip

    Thanks MP.
    From: jenna1masol Date: September 18th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    A Good Name

    Don't you find it amazing that people all seem to say the same thing about this man (he is genuine, he is kind etc....)? My mom told me once that you can have very little in life, but if you have a good name (a good reputation, good credit), you've got something that is worth more than its weight in gold.
    I am a member of an organization that provides aid to people in various parts of Africa. He is so right when he says that so much can be done to help with so little. By no means to have the kinds of funds or influence that Matt does, but I do see the difference that my SMALL contribution makes to these people. It's the best feeling in the world!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: A Good Name

    Very kind and inspirational words, Jenna :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: A Good Name

    Agreed, thanks for your comments Jenna.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    enjoyable comments

    I just want all to know that I enjoy reading the comments of everyone -- intellect and good taste abound here! Kudos to the webmaster for maintaining the status quo.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: enjoyable comments

    Thanks for your comment - I hope you stay and enjoy the site (and comment as you like). My rules are pretty simple: be civil to each other, stay on topic and don't comment on things we know nothing about (eg gossip).

    Thanks again,

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    There are video interviews with Matt at both Access Hollywood (extended) and Extra, but I can't access them. Is anyone able to watch and transcribe the videos (or any good bits)?

    http://www.accesshollywood.com/ - requires Flash version 9
    http://extratv.warnerbros.com/ - requires Quicktime
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interviews

    I watched the extratv.warnerbros.com but don't know how to link it to your site. I'm a real technophobe. Not allowed to touch anything with plug at home.

    It's the preview of the movie with Tanika Ray interviewing Leo and Matt. The interview with Leo is the longer of the two. From what I saw there was no new info. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interviews

    Thanks, I just saw the Extra one which was pretty useless.

    The best one is the 5 minute 30 clip with Maria Menounos on Access Hollywood's site, but I can't get it to download. It's also available as a podcast, but I can't get that to fully load either.

    Here's the podcast link
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interviews

    Updating the earlier post - finally got the AH clip to load. As expected, it doesn't really say anything new, but Maria does give Matt a present for Isabella.
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