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NYE celebrations
  • Matt and Lucy celebrated New Year's Eve at The Fifth, a Miami club. Details here, with the writer previously describing the Penthouse A deal here.

    In case you were wondering who, if anyone, rented out The Fifth's $10,000 Penthouse A on New Year's Eve, it was noneother than Matt Damon. The A-lister had an entourage and hung out all night up there in their lofty confines before hitting the main floor to pose for pix with Mickey Rourke.

  • More on the Mickey Rourke encounter here, with photos below from Keystone.

    Mickey Rourke gets to grips with his actor pal Matt Damon. The Hollywood star wrestled his bessht mate - hic - at a New Year's Eve party. An eyewitness at the Miami beach do said: "Mickey was getting a little carried away with Matt."

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  • Mostly familiar quotes and old photos in an In Touch 'interview' from Sammie323's Effluvia.

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  • Stills from two scenes in The Good Shepherd are at Just Jared: the Skull and Bones initiation here, and Matt does Gilbert and Sullivan in drag here.

  • As posted earlier by JJ, Matt's episode of Inside the Actor's Studio on the Bravo channel will be repeated on the following days: Tue Jan 2 08:00P, Wed Jan 3 02:30A, Fri Jan 5 07:00P, Sat Jan 6 04:00A, Sun Jan 7 10:00A, Mon Jan 8 08:00P and Wed Jan 10 10:00A.
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    if anyone knows where there is a video from inside the actor's stuido, please let me know because i don't have that channel. i have been checking youtube and google video but no such luck yet, Thanks!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2007 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    Jess, I'm looking too. I'll definitely post it if/when it's available.

    Island Boy mentioned in the previous comments section that it should be up on iTunes, but it's not there yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was so lucky to see ISAS last night and it was incredible.

    Matt was wonderful. I was very surprised to see most of his family in the audience - Lucy, Alexia, his Mom (Nancy) and her husband, Kent and his wife, plus his wife's daughters (I believe). Lucy (wearing a simple sweater) was beaming with pride and Alexia was shy. Through the evening Alexia fell asleep snuggled into Lucy.

    His childhood was recapped (complete with wonderful childhood photos), how Ben initially intimidated him because he had been on a TV show; Matt always being the lead in plays. Matt would later chastise Ben for not taking his minor roles in plays seriously.

    Gerry Specca's influence - he told Matt, "Just do your work, kid" and that became a sort of mantra for Matt all through his career.

    On through various films, how devastated he was not to be noticed on Courage Under Fire; that he had gone home to Boston physically ill.

    Working with Nicholson. At this point he checked to make sure Alexia was still asleep because he wanted to tell a part Nicholson had changed in the film and didn't want his stepdaughter to hear it. This was the scene on the beach, male body prostrate, female shot in the head ... Matt says, "Nicholson stood over the body and looked at the other guy and said, 'wait a minute, I think I want to f*ck her again'." Matt shrugged it off.

    Micky Rourke ... there was a story about him, a big story Matt told. Matt (who claims to have a poster of Rourke on his wall) had arrived at the set of The Rainmaker and Rourke was there. Matt said, "he literally took me aside and dressed me down severely". Rourke told Matt not to do what HE had done, to show respect, to be polite, on time, etc. and Matt never forgot that.

    Matt was asked how he liked the filming locations for "Bourne Ultimatum" (good) and about his family while he worked away. He said his family ALWAYS goes with him. (Pan over to Lucy and sleeping Alexia and Lucy's smiling and nodding emphatically). Lipton asks, "even that gorgeous sleeping child?" "absolutely"

    This leads to a family discussion about Isabella. Lipton was enamoured with Isabella, apparently she had smiled at him and he was in love with her. Matt was beaming. (Isabella was behind stage).

    On to the famous questions:

    Least favorite word: "shit"

    Favorite word: "c*nt" (he went on to laughingly say that the word was just so great, that you could put an accent on it and it sounded wonderful)

    Turn on: Intellectually curious individuals

    Turn off : Those individuals who AREN'T intellectually curious. Like your president.

    Noise you love: "I know I'm being redundant and this has been said many times, but my daughter's laughter is definitely my favorite noise" (audience goes "aww" and Matt makes a "see what I mean?" gesture).

    Noise you hate: "the sound of screetching tires, you know, waiting for the sound of an impact"

    Favorite curse word: "f*ck" Matt explains that this is such a great all-around word, can be used in so many different ways. In Boston they use it "as a bridge between thoughts"

    Other profession you'd like - director

    Profession that you'd hate - "wiping the king's ass. (laughs) I guess in the old days this was quite an honour and obviously the king would have to trust you, but I'm sorry, I would NOT like to have this job."

    What you'd like God to say when you get to Heaven: That all of the suffering that you saw out there had a point. Come on out back and I'll tell you about it.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have a question. Several of you have given Matt much praise for his performance in The Good Shepherd. Felicity has shown us many examples of critics praising Matt's acting in this movie. A few people on this site have also praised the movie, saying that it is great, wonderful,etc. Could someone explain to me why this movie or Matt have so far not gotten any recognition by any awards groups or critics organizations? Do you think the movie or Matt will be recognized by SAG or AMPAS? If not, then why? Heath Ledger gave a minimalist performance last year in Brokeback Mountain and received tons of official praise and nominations and awards. Why not Matt? He seems to be very popular with critics, journalists, other actors and directors and producers and the film crews. He has not said anything stupid or made a fool out of himself like Russell Crowe or Mel Gibson. So I don't understand. Can anyone explain?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Money makes the world go around fast; love is slower. You may have many friends in Hollywood and out, but unless they are willing to buy full-page ads in the trades, send special gifts to Academy members--as the "Crash" people did for last year's Oscars and turned the tide that was running for "Brokeback" to them. They themselves acknowledged this. Ledger's performance was, IMHO, the best of last year, but the campaign for him was very weak, the campaign for the Capote imitator (it was a pretty good performance)was well-funded--Ang Lee was under the impression that quality would carry the day. At least he won.

    Scorcese has pushed Leo from the start; he seems to have spent no money promoting Matt. DeNiro seems to have very little money to promote TGS, let alone any of his actors. No campaigns, no awards. Much of the buzz is built by the media for any film or star. Critics have some value, but if you check the Oscars, you'll find quite a few films and actors winning who were not praised by all or even most critics. It may have been cynical for Billy Joel to write in "The Entertainer" "you've got to dance with a hand in your pants" (hope that's not too vulgur for this site)--of course, it's someone else's hand he's talking about.

    Matt is the genuine article. He dances solo and does great work. He needs an Oscar (or other awards) campaign to do him justice, like the campaign for GWH. As mentioned by another reader, his time will come. Sooner or later the great get awarded, even if, like Peter O'Toole, love, which is slower,gets him a "Lifetime Achievement Award".

    Take into consideration that TGS is a very special "spy" film. Quite a few critics have mentioned that they didn't care for it because it didn't have the ingredients of all the others in the genre: explosions, chases, special effects. Very very shortsighted. As the more intelligent critics noted, it's the first "real" spy flick. In the future, TGS will be looked back upon as a classic of the stature of "The Third Man" and other great films and will be watched and taught in college film classes. Matt's performance will be marvelled at when people get used to "real" films and "real" acting. Don't worry about Matt; he is an actor of the highest magnitude developing a powerful career. He will surely be awarded greatly later.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awards

    Forgot to say the "Awards" post is from yours truly, Island Boy. Happy New Year all!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awards

    Thanks Island Boy. Great post, again.

    Other comments:

    1. The film did not have positive buzz before its release. It's a nefarious concept but it just didn't have good word of mouth or a lot of anticipatory talk pre-release, unlike a movie like Dreamgirls, which had got nothing but good press for months.

    2. It was released very late in the year, with a final cut not ready before early December. People had already got a fixed idea of what their lead films and candidates were much earlier in the year (they haven't really changed since early 2006).

    3. As it was released so late, the film/performance would not have been widely viewed before many end of year awards were determined. It was out there, but its running time and subject matter aren't the easy holiday fix, and it could have been easily forgotten or put to the bottom of the pile.

    4. See all the previous reasons I've written on this topic just after the Golden Globes nods. Essentially, Matt's not actively campaigning for the role (unlike someone like Sienna Miller who demanded an unfinished film be released so she could be considered), and the role itself will be under-appreciated because people can't seem to watch slow, thoughtful movies these days.

    5. It hasn't even got one critics nod so far, partly because I presume you can't get a consensus among critics that his performance is great. One person out of the group will say it isn't acting as it's so minimalist. It's easier to choose one of the popular favourites and not separate yourselves from the crowd.

    6. He's also not getting noticed for The Departed as his performance wasn't as flashy and overt as Leo, Jack or Mark.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awards

    But I thought that this movie was one of the most anticipated of 2006. I look at several film related sites and also sites that predict Oscar nominations and early in the year this movie and Matt were listed on all of them. But as it got closer and closer to the release date the movie and Matt disappeared entirely from the predictions. I've seen some sites that have even had trouble coming up with 10 names to put on their actor list as possible Oscar nominees. But they no longer include Matt. I just saw where the PGA had just announced their nominees for Best Picture today. TGS was not included and it has been out for almost 2 weeks, long enough for the voters to see it. Babel is not exactly an "easy holiday fix" either but it has gotten lots of attention. I'm sorry. I just don't get it.
    From: jennaz123 Date: January 3rd, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awards

    Oh, I have no doubt there were high expectations for the TGS. However, I suspect the film was a little too cerebral and Matt's performance a little too subtle to attract widespread nominations.

    There are a hundreds of films released every year and dozens of noteworthy performances. Many, many great performances will not get the recognition they deserve. So this isn't Matt's year. He's young, talented, and well-regarded. He'll have other opportunities.
    From: jennaz123 Date: January 3rd, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    One thing I loved about his interview on Inside the Actors Studio was the way he'd shift into impersonations of various actors he'd worked with, such as Jack Nicholson and Robert Duvall. Not only did it bring his stories to life, it kind of demonstrated his skill as an actor in a completely charming and natural way.

    My favorite part of the show was actually the audience Q&A at the end, because that's when I felt his passion about acting really came out. When he talked about the difference between acting to further the purpose of a scene and acting to stay true to the moment, he seemed to be getting into some fairly sophisticated ideas. I, and I think most of the audience, would have loved another hour of him, because he really does seem to have a lot of intelligent things to say about acting and film. What was shown only really scratched the surface.

    Why hasn't Matt received nominations this year? Matt talked about performances that win awards. I think he knows that highly demonstrative characters tend to draw more attention than more subtle, nuanced ones. True, Heath Ledger's performance was pretty restrained, but I think he was helped by Brokeback Mountain's huge critical acclaim, and by the fact that playing such an explicitly gay character was considered "brave." His performance in The Good Shepherd is strong, but the film doesn't seem to have enough critical momentum to kick it up to Oscar contention. The Departed will probably get nominations, but Matt has the more subtle, restrictive role in a film bursting with more explosive characters.

    However, I truly believe that Matt's day will come. I do think he has a lot of industry respect and quite frankly, a lot of friends. I have no doubt that one of these days, with the right kind of role, he will get nominations galore. And I think he will get that role because aside from being a good actor, he has drawing power. Bourne certainly helps. I think it's worth noting that despite its rather somber subject matter and heavy Christmas competition, The Good Shepherd opened decently and held well. As he seems willing to take less money for good roles (as he did for TGS), he should be atop many director and studio lists.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 4th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    The taping of the show actually went for 2.5 hours, so the final version is only a proportion of the full-length interview.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Pic of Matt in Miami club


    There's a pic of Matt with Mickey Rourke in the Miami club at http://showbiz.sky.com/showbiz/picture_gallery/0,,50004-1245848-12,00.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 3rd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Pic of Matt in Miami club

    Thanks for the link.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 4th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    sighting (NY)


    Ed Norton & Matt Damon
    808 Lexington Ave

    Jan 1st, 2007 @ 10pm

    Here's my first sighting of 2007: Ed Norton, Matt Damon, and a girlfriend (er, friend that's a girl) picking up food from Fig & Olive Uptown around 10:30 tonight. Laughing, looking very happy. Eddie paid like a good boy.
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