Actor Matt Damon, 36, has played many roles in his life: Spy hero in the Bourne franchise. Recalcitrant steed in the celebrated animated classic Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Ken to Ben Affleck’s Barbie.
But who is he, really? The December issue of Details cuts through the outer superficial crust, the hot mantle, and delves into the inner core of Planet Damon. And what do they find? That he gives boring interviews on purpose.
There are, however, some good contributions from Ben Affleck (wow – that felt strange), who says of his best bro forever: "If he does something he doesn’t like, it will stay with him. And if you bring up something he did 10 years ago, he’ll be like, ‘Ugh, I f—king hate that!’ Matt takes it harder than most."
Read what else Affleck, Angelina Jolie, and Robert DeNiro have to say about the actor in the new issue, and what Damon has to say for himself below:
On being famous:
"I’d heard people say, ‘You’ll enjoy being famous for a week, and you’ll never enjoy it again.’ I don’t even feel like I had that week. I was so busy working that I didn’t even get to notice that moment."
On turning down the cover of Rolling Stone:
"Harvey [Weinstein] came to the set of Rounders and was yelling at me, going, ‘What the f--k is wrong with you? Did you ever think you’d be on the cover of Rolling Stone? And I said ‘Sure, I dreamed about it when I was a kid, but I’m already on the cover of nine other f--king magazines. My own grandmother told me she’s sick of seeing me. I can’t do this anymore."
New premieres will feature Eddie Murphy, Forest Whitaker, Matt Damon and Kyra Sedgwick as they sit down with host James Lipton to share their craft.
The magazine also names 12 "men of the year," including Pitt, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Dempsey, Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake and Daniel Craig.
Still, he and his Hollywood pals vie for the title, teases Clooney, 45, who reveals his personal pick for Sexiest Man: Matt Damon. "This is a big disappointment for Matt, because he did run a very good campaign," says Clooney, cooing that Damon oozes sex appeal. "His eyes pop. They have a twinkle. He's got a good smile. He's quite the dancer."
Proving he's a good sport, Clooney also provided the mag with a 1997 photo of Damon in a snakeskin suit to boost his chances in coming years.