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  • A new interview with Matt is at the Los Angeles Times, including a photo by Bruce Gilbert. Excerpts:

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    By contrast, "It's not flashy," a 36-year-old Matt Damon warns of his latest role, a soft-spoken and stiff-shouldered secret agent in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd." "It won't get any attention in terms of awards or anything like that, but for me personally, for just how complex a role it was and how interesting the subject matter is to me, this was definitely up there."

    Up there" despite its on-the-surface simplicity, "up there" despite those three words — ... and he's quiet — that followed so many scene descriptions and so many speeches in Eric Roth's script, three words that don't often describe a Hollywood protagonist, and — Damon is well aware — don't often lead them to golden statuettes.

    "[But] Bob said to me very early on, 'This is a different movie,' which is one of the things that made me want to do it."

    It is the third consecutive role in which Damon must play, well, adult, following his turns as an energy analyst in "Syriana" and a crooked cop in "The Departed."

    It's a career direction, says Damon, that he couldn't be happier with.

    "I'm aging just like anyone else," he says, though looking at him, you begin to wonder. "But the roles do get better. I'd say objectively that the best roles out there tend to be for men 35 to 55 years old."

    "It's the most important thing," Damon says of family. He then stutters a bit, saying, "It all ... it ... The world just makes sense in a different way."
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    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 26th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great LA Times article with cool details about how Matt got involved in The Good Shepherd. I just wish it had gone on longer, and gotten into Matt's experience on the movie -- it seemed to end just as it was getting really interesting!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yep, it was pretty short and seemed to just be a push for the movie from the LA Times post-release. Hey, I'll take anything.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 27th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    Updated box-office figures:


    And Universal Pictures' spy drama "The Good Shepherd" enjoyed a solid opening, capturing fourth place with an estimated $14.1 million for the four-day period.

    Meanwhile, Universal bowed "Shepherd" in 2,215 theaters. The R-rated, cerebral spy drama from director Robert De Niro picked up an estimated $14.1 million for the four-day frame. With a cast featuring Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and others, the film opened to mixed reviews and a B- grade from CinemaScore. Still, the studio is happy with its opening, especially since it was not a family-friendly film that bowed during the ultimate family-friendly holiday.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Can you tell me what a Cinemascore is ? Thanks.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 27th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    One company takes the ratings of a opening night moviegoers in selected areas, and then averages out the score. It's just an exit poll, really, but based on the idea that opening night viewers are the people most excited to see a certain movie.

    It's a quick indication of how viewers, on immediately leaving the theatre, think about a film, and is an indication of the film's long-term potential.

    A film that more readily appeals to viewers, like Bourne Supremacy or The Departed, would have a Cinemascore of A or A-.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh, yes. I actually completed one of those surveys when I saw The Departed opening weekend.

    Well, what do you think a B- indicates?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's not the greatest result, but it's not bad either.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    a new picture of matt golfing at people, you probably already saw that but just in case..

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 28th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    I hadn't seen that yet. Thanks Jess. Ah, the first golfing pic of the Miami break.
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