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  • From Roger Friedman's column at Fox News on the New York Critics Circle awards:

    Throughout all of this evening, which took place sans dinner at the ironically named Supper Club, Matt Damon worked the room without a publicist.

    "Did you come alone?" I asked the always cheerful and still not corrupted star of "The Departed and "The Good Shepherd."

    "Well, my wife was going to come but she wasn’t feeling well," he replied.

    I had meant, where is the publicist? But Damon persevered, and every actor should take a cue from him. He managed to have conversations with filmmakers and press people without any trouble. It was almost, uh, normal.

    Does he think Jack Nicholson minded being snubbed by the SAG Awards this week, I asked him?

    Damon started laughing heartily. "I don’t think so," he said. "I don’t think he cares about this stuff at all, do you? He’s Jack." Good point.

  • Comments from the NY Times Oscar blog - the Carpetbagger here:

    But it fell to Matt Damon to remind people that some serious matters were at hand, specifically "United 93," the best picture selection of the New York criterati.

    Even though he and Mr. Greengrass became friends while making "The Bourne Supremacy," (they are currently shooting "The Bourne Ultimatum") Mr. Damon admitted that he found himself reluctant to go see the film.

    "I wasn’t rushing out to see it," he said, explaining that he had been in lower Manhattan on that day, and knew people who had died in the attacks.

    "But eventually I did see it," Mr. Damon added. "It was a very tough experience, I have to say, but I was really glad that I saw it when all was said and done."

  • And a report from the Carpetbagger's offsider, the Baguette:

    Matt Damon, there to present the best-picture award to his friend Paul Greengrass for "United 93," summed up the importance of the NYFCC honor best: "They’re in line with the Academy Awards like 40 or 50 percent of the time, but when they’re not, it’s when the Academy gives it to ‘How Green Was My Valley,’ and they give it to ‘Citizen Kane’; when the Academy gives it to ‘Dances With Wolves’ and they give it to ‘Goodfellas.’ You’re on the right side of history tonight."

    After Mr. Greengrass’s speech, there was a mass exodus, but Guillermo Navarro, the cinematographer, hung out at the bar."“Hey, this is my green card," he joked, showing the Baguette the paper certificate for Best Cinematographer, which he won for "Pan’s Labyrinth."

    Mr. Damon was there, too, nursing a beer. The Baguette asked if he paid for it himself? "Yeah I did. I paid for it," he said. "Seven dollars. Actually I gave her a $20 because my wife is a bartender. People don’t normally tip at these things."
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    From: jeff_in_utah Date: January 9th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
    LOVE all the detailed backstage stories -- thanks, Felicity!

    And how cool is it that Matt a) leaves a way generous tip for his beer, and b) has no reservations whatsoever about describing his wife as a bartender? Very, if you ask me. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    matt is such a good guy, and like the other poster mentioned, i really liked how he was blunt in saying his wife is a bartender. i love how they try to live as much of a normal life as possible.

    also, its good to see the good shepherd getting some recognition from the st. louis film critics. it deserves it.

    thanks-Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with his comments about United 93 one of the best films of last year. In 2001 I worked for a US firm in London we had an office in one of the twin towers and several colleagues were killed when they came down. It was dreadful a really horrible time.

    Enough time has passed for me to be more objective about it and I think Paul Greengrass did a fabulous job. I still remember the documentary he made here about the IRA many years ago now, it was ground-breaking stuff and won several awards, and he's carried through that realism into the films that he's making. He's taken the Bourne action films to a level that Hollywood will find hard to beat.

    I remember a quote from Casey Affleck stating that Matt's practically blind, I was wondering if he's long or short-sighted, perhaps someone out there knows.

    Also, $7 for a bear!!! Are they kidding! MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    I concur with MP. I thought United 93 was one of the best films I have ever seen. Like most people I was very reluctant to see it, but one evening I took the plunge. I'm so glad that Matt works with Paul Greengrass and hope they do something else together after the Bourne series. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 9th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    Jan, you remember that Matt said he and Paul would be working together on a new non-Bourne project after 'The Informant'.

    Absolutely agree on United 93 - my most memorable movie experience of last year (and I saw 171 films).
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: January 12th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    United 93 really was a strong film. And you saw 171 films last year, Felicity? I'm in awe of you! :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 12th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    I don't know if it's a good or bad thing, but I was proud!

    (Only 26 at the cinema, 145 on DVD/video/TV)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    i came across an article about matt from us weekly's website...

    In more "unit" news, Matt Damon told the New York Daily News what it was like free ballin' in Robert De Niro's spy drama The Good Shepherd when his character engages in some nude mud wrestling as part of his initiation into the Yale secret society Skull & Bones.

    "You go, you take off all your clothes, you get lathered up with mud and you wrestle," said the actor, who did it even though he's "36 years old and my naked wrestling days are over."

    The worst part? "It was cold. We shot it at Bronx City College in the basement in this room that they had redone, and it was wintertime and the big doors we needed to get the equipment in were open. It was demeaning enough to do the wrestling, but then all huddled and shivering."

    lol, poor guys
    -Jess

    source: usmagazine.com/blog/index.php
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