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  • Remember the Lake Como marriage rumors last year? Here's an update from actor Kevin Nealon (who was married in Lake Como on 3 September 2005) - from styleweekly.com:

    Nealon: We got married in Italy last year, at Lake Como. We wanted to have nice, quiet affair. So we go to this town called Bellagio, and little do we know three weeks before we got there, Matt Damon had been there looking for a wedding chapel to get married in, and there was an article in a local paper saying that an American celebrity was coming there to get married.

    So we go up to our little wedding hall, and we were surprised because there was all this paparazzi in the square. And I realize they think I’m Matt Damon. So I came out and I apologized. I said, "I’m sorry, I’m not Matt Damon." But they followed us anyway — they got into an argument with our photographer, all these Italians yelling. The next morning we’re at breakfast by the water, and I notice somebody reading the local paper. Our picture was on it with the headline, "Non atta Matt Damon," which means, "not Matt Damon." We got four copies. It was pretty funny.

  • There's an interview with Matt in the current issue of Elle in Brazil - one quote is here, with my translation:

    Matt Damon, one of the stars of the film The Departed, tells Elle magazine in an interview this month that fame is disturbing [shakes him]. "I become more shy [introspective] all the time. It is frightening to have so many people yelling my name. It’s great for your ego, but it’s hardly worth the risk if it’s going to expose my personal life," he says.

  • From a Variety article on the crowded holiday release schedule:

    Universal faces mixed buzz on "Shepherd," but it's a big-budget, Matt Damon/Angelina Jolie vehicle with heavyweight actor-director Robert De Niro. The studio needs to show its talent it believes in the pic and swing for the fences.

  • On the official Warner Bros. 'For your consideration' Oscar campaign website Matt, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg are all now listed in the Supporting Actor category here for The Departed. Thanks to Arnzilla for the updated link.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lake Como Wedding?

    It's funny but I've read almost exactly the same story but the events took place in Las Vegas?

    Also could you confirm another story that I've read recently that he was in the frame with Samuel L Jackson to do Training Day, at Miramax? MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lake Como Wedding?

    No way it was Vegas - perhaps the duplicate names of Bellagio are confusing. It was always a rumored celebrity wedding in Italy, but there were no names really mentioned. And it's almost unlikely because Matt was filming 'The Departed' at the time and wouldn't have had much time to go chapel scouting in Italy.

    Training Day is always mentioned as a project Matt was attached to, but it must have been just after GWH (the early years).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    There are two URLs for the Warners FYC site for The Departed.

    http://php.warnerbros.com/movies/warnerbros2006/thedeparted.html
    vs.
    http://warnerbros2006.warnerbros.com/thedeparted.html

    The first one still has the names on it. How did you find the second URL? Even if you go to http://warnerbros2006.com, the Departed link takes you to the first URL.

    Arnzilla
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ah, thanks Arnzilla - thought I was going a little mad.

    It's the site I had bookmarked (think the link came from your board a week or so back).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Oscars

    I'm a little confused. On the Warner Brothers site there is a blank next to Best Actor - presumably they meant to put in Leo here?? IMO I think it is all a bit weird - surely both Leo and Matt should be in Best Actor category and possibly at a push Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg in supporting. In no way is Matt a supporting actor in this film. It strikes me as a way of trying to get Leo an oscar. Can the Academy voters override who the studio is putting forward? Well I hope Matt gets a Best Actor nomination for The Good Shepherd and beats Leo. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    There's been debate about whether the actors in Departed (Jack, Matt, Leo) will be in the Supporting or Lead categories for weeks. It's all about positioning them for the best chance, but recognising that Matt and Leo have other movies which may be more likely to succeed (Leo's Blood Diamond is also Warner Bros.)

    That's why it's notable that Matt's in Supporting, even though he has probably equal time with Leo and they both should be in the Lead category.

    However, it would be wrong for Matt to compete against himself - Universal will push him for Good Shepherd, probably no matter how well the film does. It may even be in his contract for the film (it's a standard clause I think for prestige pics) that they mount an Oscar campaign for him.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 15th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Kevin Nealon's "not Matt Damon" story is a riot! Great find, Felicity.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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