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In Style, Empire, Paris video
  • Here's the text from the story on Matt in In Style magazine, December issue. As mentioned previously, he's part of an article on Shining Stars that are 'harnessing the power of celebrity to make a difference in the world.' I haven't scanned the full-page article, but it's a larger size photo of the one below, which is part of a related article on how readers can contribute.

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    Matt Damon: The One Campaign

    "Having a kid changes you [Damon's daughter, Isabella, was born in June]. It forces you to move outside yourself and start thinking about what the world is going to look like after you're gone. The goal of the One Campaign is to make poverty history. Last April I went to Zambia to get educated on the issues. It was amazing to see the translation of our dollars into lives being saved. People are on death's doorstep, and because they are getting drugs, which cost less than a dollar a day, they bounce back.

    Babies become fat and begin to thrive. I came home energized, thinking, 1.2 billion people are living on less than one dollar a day? Is that possible? Poverty is not something we can ignore. We need to get "American" about it - get proactive. How we respond today is going to determine the future of our country. Will our kids grow up and feel disenfranchised because we didn't do anything, or feel part of the world community because we did?"

  • There's a preview of The Good Shepherd in the latest Empire magazine, with quotes by De Niro mouthpiece (and producer) Jane Rosenthal. The comment relating to Matt:

    "This is the story of an idealist turned realist. It's the kind of role you don't get anymore, so Matt really sinks his teeth into it. When we first asked him he wasn't available, then Bob talked to him and he was."

  • A few more stills from The Good Shepherd are here.

  • There's video footage of Matt on the set of The Bourne Ultimatum in Paris at x17online.

  • Matt talked about Ocean's Thirteen to Empire Online:

    Exclusive: Matt Damon On Ocean's 13; And he says it's not gonna suck

    "The tagline we're really trying to get them to use is 'Ocean's 13: The film they should have made last time'!", Matt Damon, it seems, shares the rest of the world's opinion that Ocean's 12 was not the greatest of sequels. But, talking exclusively to Empire, he promises that the third in the series will make up for the failings of its predecessor. "The only reason we want to do it is to make a movie that's better than the first two."

    Damon, like everyone else involved with the film, is reluctant to give out full plot details, but did say "It's kinda like a revenge thing. Someone does something to one of us and we want revenge. And that someone is Al Pacino. We have to take him down".

    The film, which reunites the entire cast of the original, save Julia Roberts, is scheduled for release in the UK on June 8 2007.
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    i hope matt is right and ocean's 13 doesn't suck!

    great picture by the way
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 26th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's a lovely photo, but it screams yearbook to me (circa 70s or earlier).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 26th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    haha yea, it does look like an old yearbook photo, i love it
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    We went to see Casino Royale on Saturday. I was interested in seeing it as there's been lots of stuff written about how 24 and the Bourne films have influenced it.

    The film is excellent, the best Bond film in a while. Daniel Craig was excellent, but apart from a lack of gadgets and removal of the usual cheeky humour Bond has I didn't see much comparison to Bourne. I don't know if you've seen it yet, but would be interested in your opinion. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Not interested in seeing it at all. I've never liked the Bond films ("And I thought Christmas only came once a year" - yuck) and don't plan to start watching them now.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne vs Bond

    I saw this too. I don't like Bond films and only went to see Daniel Craig and was pleasantly surprised. I would say no comparison with Bourne other than that I thought Bond was copying the grittier style. Although this Bond is much harder than Brosnan, Bourne is more dangerous.

    And thanks to Felicity for all the latest updates!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    That's a high school yearbook pose, but that's a current picture. I mean let's face it, Matt had to grow into his face and this person doesn't at all look like the dorky kid at 19 from "Mystic Pizza".

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    I know the photo is current (they gave all the photographer, make up person details etc), but I was just commenting that the pose is yearbook-like. Most of the photos in the article were posed in the same manner.

    On photographers copying poses - there's a photo of Will Smith in Premiere magazine by Platon that's an exact copy of a photo taken by the same guy of Matt - even the clothing is identical. (Matt in long coat looking down)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 29th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    honestly one of the best pictures of him I've ever seen! Thank you!
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