The family guy
Also at The Good Shepherd premiere, Matt Damon continues to show just what a stand-up guy he is as he shares a tender close-up with wife Luciana. The actor – and new dad (to 6-month-old Isabella) – recently revealed that fatherhood has been "just amazing." "I feel like I got made a member of a club that I didn't know existed," he said.
As you know, the big attention-getters last night were Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who stole the premiere. Jolie has a small part in "Shepherd." Pitt goes where she goes. And the entire paparazzi corps goes where they go. So even though their interest in "The Good Shepherd" is at best tangential, there they were at Lincoln Center. They are tall, and very good-looking. The security team told me they were extremely pleasant. They did not even adopt an attitude.
Pitt had a long, intense conversation with the actual star of "Shepherd," Matt Damon, who brought all of his family down from Boston, including his recently re-married father, Kent, and Matt’s wife of one year, who asked me to call her Lucy. About once a year, Damon and company hit New York for the premiere of some new movie. They are the nicest gang you could hope to meet.
In "The Good Shepherd," Damon barely smiles for three hours. How did he maintain his dour expression?
"Are you kidding?" he asked. "You’ve got Robert De Niro standing just off-camera. And after every take he says, ‘Maybe you want to try it this way.’ You don’t say 'no.' It’s Robert [bleepin’] DeNiro!"
Chazz Palminteri, who got his start with De Niro in "A Bronx Tale," came by to exchange war stories with Damon.
"When he likes you," Chazz said of De Niro to Damon, "he really likes you."
By the way, what was it that made De Niro so interested in the CIA to keep working on the movie for so long?
"You gotta love all that spy stuff," he said.