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Interview, filming photos
  • There's a new interview with Matt at the Independent, including:

    If it was all "Matt and Ben" in the wake of Good Will Hunting, then today it is just as likely to be "Matt and Brad" or "Matt and George". Currently filming the final instalments of both the Ocean's Eleven and Bourne Identity trilogies, Damon has established himself as a box-office heavyweight. Not that he chooses his projects by the size of the pay cheque. In accepting his role in The Departed, he skipped the customary salary negotiations.

    "When I heard it was Martin Scorsese and it was set in Boston and Leo was aboard, I said yes on the spot," he admits. "It's really rare in a film of this budget to have characters that are this interesting. Generally, the bigger the budget, the less interesting the characters become, but all of us has real things to play and that's a credit to Bill Monahan and the script. To be able to have that much to do when you go to work every day was really great."

    Next on Damon's to-do list is directing: "I can't wait. I have a couple of things that I'm looking at but it will probably be something ultimately that I write. Just do it small. Ben just did it this year and he loved it. It's like having kids, you know. In five years, you'll wanna do it, man!"

  • Small photos of Matt and director Paul Greengrass on the set of The Bourne Ultimatum are from Goff.

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  • An article with various extras in The Departed is here, including:

    Kevin McCarthy, a retired NYPD detective, was elated to have been chosen to act side by side with di Caprio’s police officer character, Billy Costigan, as one of four undercover detectives on his team. He appears in 15 isolated scenes in the movie, and spent three months in total working on The Departed.

    When the shooting began it only took McCarthy a moment to appreciate what a gigantic movie he was involved in.

    "It was all so surreal. There I was sandwiched between Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg and in comes Scorsese to have a chat with us. I just couldn’t believe I was there," he recalls.

    McCarthy found working with Damon a joy, and the two had much interaction throughout filming.

    "We chatted a lot about generic stuff like the Mets and Yankees but he was especially interested in my career as a detective and he would ask me very specific questions related to my job. It was a delight to be able to fill him in." says McCarthy.

  • Follow the very positive reviews for The Departed at Rotten Tomatoes (currently 96% positive reviews) and Metacritic (currently 91% positive).
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    the_grynne From: the_grynne Date: October 5th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Paul Greengrass

    Oh thank God. I kept getting paranoid that his being back for the sequel was an unsubstantiated rumour and it's somehow wonderful to see him in the flesh, with Matt. I'm really looking forward to The Bourne Ultimatum.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 5th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Times (London)

    Good Departed review in The Times today. I'm in a rush but think the site is www.timesonline.co.uk The Evening Standard www.thisislondon.co.uk was less complimentary about the film but positive about Matt. I've booked my tickets to see the film on Saturday afternoon and will post my views - unless anyone gets there before me!!! Am loving commuting at the moment - pictures of Matt on all the London buses! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    ahhh the departed is tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait!!!!

    ..love the pics!!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)


    A few days ago there has been a discussion on a comment made by a reviewer on Rottentomatoes about the occasional impotency of Matt Damon in bed in the film The Departed. It made no sense at that time. But another reviewer has given a good insight about the same in his review at the following site :


    I've copied the portion below---

    ".......The secretly impotent Colin tells his police psychiatrist girlfriend Madolyn (Vera Farmiga), "Honesty is not synonymous with truth." It’s a defiantly hypocritical viewpoint that defines the philosophy of the Bush Administration, and de facto the attitude of a country so immured in corruption that it couldn’t fathom the depth of the crisis. Scorsese smuggles in some other subtle social commentary when Billy says, "It’s a nation of rats." The rodent imagery haunts the film’s artistic tableau that comes on the heels of an unthinkable spree of intensifying brutality.

    "The Departed" involves interconnecting moral, ethical, and physical crises that are passed along as if from rats spreading rabies. Nearly every character, with the exception of Captain Queenan and Sergeant Dignam, are infected with betrayal. As the only female character in the movie, Madolyn sets the bar low on her ideals of marriage and career when she furtively dates Billy, her tightly wound psychiatry patient, in order to satisfy physical needs not being met at home with Colin. She soon becomes pregnant, and the filmmakers plant a soft question about the true identity of the child’s father.

    The subtextual matter of fatherhood is addressed in several different pairings throughout the story. Frank is a central father figure to both Colin and Billy. He can’t help lording his barely concealed violent nature over them because he’s used to scaring people into submission. Jack Nicholson taps into his great big bag of inspiration to create an unforgettable movie gangster that is at once colorful, pragmatic and energetic. At the other end of the spectrum is the tightly knit duty-bound relationship between Captain Queenan and Sergeant Dignam. Martin Sheen (Queenan) sets an unruffled example that Mark Wahlberg’s character (Dignam) appropriately ignores. These are men who aspire to greatness within the context of their duty-bound jobs and whose priorities don’t overlap......"

    Hope this helps.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Departed

    I don't remember the discussion, but it was Matt's idea to make his character impotent.

    As co-star Vera Farmiga said in one of the various specials on the film: "Matt has this most wonderful quality of, the more flaws he adds on to his character, the more charming he is."
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