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Boston Globe, Time interviews
  • As it is the week before the release of The Departed there are many interviews around to promote the film, including this one with Matt at the Boston Globe. There are a few errors in the article, but here are some excerpts:

    Matt, meet Marty

    When Matt Damon first met Martin Scorsese eight years ago, he hardly expected he'd be starring in one of the director's films less than a decade later. The year was 1998 and the ``Good Will Hunting" star and co-scribe was mere days away from picking up the best screenplay Oscar -- and its subsequent fame and acclaim -- that would change his life. But for the moment, the Cambridge native was just an actor looking up to a cinematic god.

    "I didn't really talk to him, just told him I was an admirer. It was kind of surreal," says Damon, showing no trace of having city-hopped four times in the past week. "Ben [Affleck] and I were at a big party that our agency threw -- it was one of those deals where each of the three big agencies were throwing Oscar parties -- and Marty came to this one event. It was a huge deal for us."

    "Matt's incredibly interested in who people are, and all he's concerned about is finding the truth of the moment and who his character is," says co star Vera Farmiga, who plays a police psychologist who gets involved with Damon's and DiCaprio's characters. "Matt is so generous as an actor and emotionally direct, he was a real light on set."

    "I want to direct someday too, so [working with Marty] was like yet another chance at film school," says Damon, who henpecked Scorsese whenever he found a quiet moment. "All of my directors have been very forthcoming about why they're doing what they're doing, and everyone's approach is totally different. Marty's is based on having seen absolutely everything out there, so he knows every single way of telling a story.

    "Plus, with Marty, if you ask him why the camera's moving, you're going to get a 10-minute explanation because he's got this encyclopedic knowledge of cinema. He's famous for that," he says. "And the most interesting thing about this environment -- the thing most unlike any other set I'd ever seen -- was how quiet it was. The first day I walked on set, I stopped because I thought they must be rolling, but they were just setting up."

    "Your relationship to all children changes once you have a child," says Damon, who married long time girlfriend Luciana Barroso in a quiet City Hall ceremony in New York last December, and watched her give birth to baby Isabella in June (he has also adopted Alexia, Barroso's daughter from a previous marriage). "When talking about the world's children, it's easy to get overwhelmed by numbers and statistics, but once you have children, every single one becomes this beautiful soul. The older I get, the more I realize how much we can change."

  • There's also a group interview with Matt, Leo, Scorsese and Nicholson at Time, including:

    Scorsese: This is going to be a little interview or something, right? Because I get very nervous about interviews.
    Damon: I didn't know they gave Man of the Year to four people.
    Dicaprio: Just remember how great sarcasm translates into print.

    Time: So it's not just false modesty when actors and directors say they hate watching their movies?
    Dicaprio: It takes probably 10 years to detach yourself from the filmmaking experience.
    Damon: You remember every-thing. So you watch it, and it's impossible not to think about what you ate for lunch that day. That's not even getting into all your hopes for what it might have been.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Alexia

    Is it true that he has adopted Alexia?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    I don't think so. The reporter also thinks that he's still filming Ocean's Thirteen (when he finished a month ago), and missed his second time working with Coppola. So I'm not trusting her on the details.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    He has only been in one picture that Coppola DIRECTED. I think that is what the article is referring.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    Matt's also in the upcoming "Youth without Youth", directed by Coppola (making two).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2006 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    He is not listed on IMDB. I realize they are not always accurate, but when did he film this? I think this movie is in post-production. There was talk about it opening this year but I read recently that Coppola is not ready and it will be delayed to 2007. How big is Matt's role?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2006 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    Matt filmed in Romania his small role as a journalist in about January of this year after he finished The Good Shepherd. I've previously linked to photos of Matt on set and stories about his involvement (and updated Wikipedia about his role).

    He's described as having an "uncredited cameo" in the movie.

    The information's out there, and if the journalist was serious in doing a good profile story, she should have worked it out (but instead took quotes from completed EW stories and other secondary sources).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    His name is not mentioned on the Youth Without Youth website. I do not recall any mention in your column about this but of course I cannot remember everything. But I think that we all agree that Wikipedia is much less reliable than IMDB or the film's own website. I do not think any decent journalist would use Wikipedia as a source. As the film Youth Without Youth is now in the process of extensive editing it is very possible that Matt's uncredited cameo will be cut. It is hardly worth mentioning in a good profile story.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Alexia

    I'm just saying that to be complete (as was the supposed intention of the journalist) it should have been included. Finding Forrester was listed, so they could include this one.

    I mentioned Wikipedia only as a point of reference. If it was listed there (as it is in the text), a person can then make their own inquiries and determine its authenticity.
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