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  • Matt's episode of Inside the Actor's Studio is now confirmed as airing on 2 January. There's some new text and video footage at the official site.

  • Video footage of Matt jogging in Miami and being asked about British Prime Minister Tony Blair (who is vacationing nearby) is here.

  • Matt is quoted in a GQ interview with Robert De Niro here.

    "I was with Billy Bob Thornton recently, and Billy Bob said to me, because I was talking about working with Bob, ‘I feel like, every other actor, I kind of know how they’d be in real life. He’s the only guy that I have no idea what he’s like in real life. All the rest of them, I have an idea. De Niro is the only guy I really have no idea.’ And I think that’s a good way to describe him. I said to him, ‘You don’t.’"

  • From an Examiner article on 10 celebrities whose lives changed in 2006:

    9. Matt Damon: With a wife, stepdaughter, new baby and starring roles in two acclaimed movies (“The Departed” and “The Good Shepherd”), Matt made critics and fans realize how much he’s matured as an actor and a man. Like bud Ben Affleck, he’s mastered the art of living under the radar with his family.

  • A Good Shepherd article is here, including comments by Matt about the film's box-office chances. The movie is actually proceeding very well, and as of Thursday has made over $24 million.

    "I was telling (Jolie) it's going to be like a cult movie. We'll have a small following, but a very loyal one."

  • The full scan of the Star picture of Matt and Isabella previously linked is below, thanks to Sammie323's Effluvia. Sammie has also scanned a short and familiar interview with Matt here, the comments by Mark Ivanir here, and the Us Weekly review here.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 30th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The video from The Sun is really funny. It's almost as if they are talking to Matt as a neighbour of Robin Gibb rather than Matt the movie star! Quite open about his feelings on the Blair succession too! Jan
    From: sunnysanstar Date: December 30th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    I agree, it was very funny, (loved Matt's question "Video tapping joggers?") but refreshing in a real way. Matt is so nice and polite to those kinds of people, when if he wanted to, he could be a real ass. But that was a nice little exchange (emphasis on 'little', which is part of what made it so funny.) The video tapper allowed it to be short, didn't hound on Matt, and Matt was accomdating in return. That was a really nice video to watch. Now if only my computer would let me open up the ITAS vid *struggle*...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    The ITAS video isn't working for me either. It may not be correctly loaded yet on the site.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 30th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    Agree with all of your thoughts about the video -- really cool to see how incredibly nice Matt is, even with a member of the video paparazzi! This seems like a great example of how he tends to be more relaxed and open with nosy press types when he's out and about on his own compared to when Lucy and Isabella are accompanying him, in which case it would be quite understandable for him to take a more protective and maybe even deflective stance with the press, feeling like they're really intruding on his personal space with family.

    Like you said, sunny, Matt just comes off as really genuine here...which is what we'd all expect from him, given his reputation, but really refreshing to actually see for ourselves in a "real-world" encounter!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 30th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was just able to watch the ITAS clip (I used Internet Explorer instead of Mozilla Firefox, which is what I usually use, and it worked well on IE), and it's a 3-minute excerpt where Matt is finishing up talking about his experience on Courage Under Fire and then beginning to talk about Good Will Hunting. And the weird thing, for me, is that as the host, James Lipton, segues from CUF to GWH, he sets it up in his characteristic way by saying something like, "And that brings us next to a very special film, Good Will Hunting..." at which point the audience, instead of delivering an outburst of applause, sits in stony silence! Yikes! (And yeah, it's possible that they edited out applause to save time, but I watched it twice and it doesn't look like anything was cut there.) I just think that's weird, especially since that's one movie I'd expect to be a favorite of an audience like this, since it represents such a wonderful real-life fairy tale of how a couple struggling actors made it into the big time in Hollywood...as most of the people sitting in that audience probably aspire to do. Hmmph.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: sunnysanstar Date: December 31st, 2006 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yeah, once I got the vid to play the lack of applause thing left me with a 'WTF' feeling too. It hadn't occurred to me that they might have edited it out, but that would make a lot of sense.
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