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  • From the Carpetbagger:

    Breaking: Damon drinks beer, pays cash, tips well

    The Baguette admits she crushed on Matt Damon at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony. His Everyman routine — drinking a beer and talking to everyone, while Leo DiCaprio took off like he was fleeing a sinking ship — was endearing.

    Mr. Damon face lit up when he spoke about his old pal Ben Affleck, with whom he shared an screenwriting Oscar in 1997 for "Good Will Hunting," getting a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor for "Hollywoodland."

    "It’s great that he’s in that kind of conversation again, you know what I mean?" Mr. Damon said. And he scoffed at those who talked about Mr. Affleck’s comeback. "What are you talking about, he’s making a comeback? Where the hell do you think he went? He’s a great actor. He’s always been a great actor."

  • From the NY Daily News:

    It's Damon in the 'Good,' the unclad & the ugly

    Nudity was the topic of choice for Matt Damon and other actors at the New York Film Critics' Circle Awards Sunday night.

    Damon told us what it was like swinging loose in Robert De Niro's spy drama "The Good Shepherd" when his character was initiated into the Yale secret society Skull & Bones in a naked mud-wrestling ritual.

    "You go, you take off all your clothes, you get lathered up with mud and you wrestle," said Damon, 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." Yet sizable? We didn't ask.

  • And the NY Post:

    We hear: That Matt Damon told pals at Casa Casuarina during the party for the launch of Jonathan Cheban's new clothing line Kritik that, "It's past my bedtime" at 12:30 a.m., but left closer to 2 in the morning.

  • More photos from the New York Critics Circle awards arrivals are here or here.
  • 20 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt's appearance on Letterman is now on YouTube. As is, rather shockingly, the complete film of The Good Shepherd. Surely this won't be on there for long? I resisted the temptation to watch any of it. Jan.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 9th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Letterman was up the day after the show, I think.

    Too tempted to watch Good Shepherd later, but it probably won't last until the end of my work day.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's divided into 28 minute segments and I only saw Parts 1,2,3,4 & 6. I wouldn't recommend watching Part 6 without watching Part 5 first. It will make no sense at all.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    I couldn't find Part 5 but watched Part 6 anyway. You're right...the thread of the story is lost without 5 so the first few scenes in 6 don't have much basis...only your imagination. However, the end of the movie is so very poignant. I still feel the impact. And Matt Damon's performance is, in my opinion, brilliant. You must watch his face closely...his eyes, little movements around his mouth, his carriage. It's very subtle but tells the story of Edward.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    but has anyone found inside the actors studio...its an elusive bastard!
    From: sunnysanstar Date: January 10th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    >And he scoffed at those who talked about Mr. Affleck’s comeback. "What are >you talking about, he’s making a comeback? Where the hell do you think he >went? He’s a great actor. He’s always been a great actor."

    Amen, Matty, Amen! I often ask myself what's wrong with those people who don't see how talented he is. Oh, and speaking of Batt, it's nothing big Felicity, but Ben was on Leno tonight and he did another retelling of the 'Mickey Mouse Club' story that was rather amusing. Still, those guys need to come out with some 'new' old stories. You catch every interview they do like I try to, and evantually you just know all their punchlines. :D

    BTW, I've been looking for a interview that Matt did during the 'Brothers Grimm' promotion days. In it, he discusses some of his favorite songs that have impacted his life. Would you happen to know where I could find that article? Thanks in advance.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 10th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    It was a German magazine article that was timed for the release of Bourne Supremacy and translated by a German reader, Ulrike. I re-posted it a little while back at a reader request. I'll try to find it again.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 10th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    It took me a while but I found it. Originally posted in this journal on 24 December 2004.

    An article from the German magazine Neon titled 'The Soundtrack of my life', by Richard Pleuger (translated by Ulrike).

    1. Children’s song from “My Fair Lady”: The Rain in Spain

    The first song that I heard in my life. My aunt taught me the song from “My Fair Lady” and I sang it to my Mom. I still feel like a five-year-old when I hear the first tones. “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.”

    2. AC/DC: Back in Black

    My frustration and compensation song as a ten-year-old. Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott, who drank himself to death. I still see myself with the tennis racquet on the couch beseeching Angus Young’s ghost and nearly fainting.

    3. The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby

    When I was 11 I started learning how to play the guitar and my guitar book contained the whole Beatles catalogue. My teacher picked the easiest songs for me and “Eleanor Rigby” has only 3 or 4 chords.

    4. The Commodores: Nightshift

    My favourite song as a teenager. My buddy Ben Affleck was 8 and I was 10 years old when we became friends. We spurred each other on in our delusion to become actors. I trust Ben, including his taste for music. We even had a joint bank account. For us the Commodores were the coolest guys and we fantasized that we could ever be so cool. Without the Afro-hair.

    5. Bruce Springsteen: I’m on Fire

    At the age of 14 I fell in love with a girl but was too shy to talk to her. “Only you can cool my desire.” I don’t know how often I listened to that song back then – but it was not supposed to happen: The girl went out with an older boy.

    6. Elliott Smith: Miss Misery

    Gus Van Sant found this incredibly beautiful and sad song when he compiled the soundtrack for “Good Will Hunting”. I saw Elliott at the Academy Awards ceremony back then for the last time before he killed himself. He was nominated for that song and he performed it right after that grandiose “Titanic” song by Celine Dion. The stage turned and there was Elliott, only with his guitar. I still get goose-pimples when I think about that evening.

    7. David Allan Coe: Take this Job and Shove it

    That old country song by the Nashville outlaw and Redneck David Allan Coe gave me lots of comfort at separations. It deals with the loss of motivation to work when you are deserted by your girlfriend.

    8. Radiohead: Pyramid Song

    My favourite song for trips through the South Californian desert by night. All songs from “Amnesiac” are perfectly suitable for that but “Pyramid Song” is the best. In the mornings I rather listen to “OK Computer” or “Pablo Honey”. Radiohead is one of the bands that we both, me and my girlfriend Luciana, love and listen to. We adore Thom Yorke.

    9. Chet Baker: My Funny Valentine

    “The Talented Mr Ripley” is about absolute alienation, and that is why I personally associate Chet Baker’s song most with that state of mind. Even though it deals with a different issue. I used to listen to it on set to focus more on the character. It possesses a certain coldness.

    10. Outkast: Hey Ya!

    When filming “The Bourne Supremacy” in Berlin I jogged along to that song in the park behind the Brandenburg Gate. I have it on my iPod. At the moment I don’t know one song that cheers me up and takes me out of myself more. In my opinion Andre 3000 and Big Boi are the most innovative musical entertainers today.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: January 12th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you so much for finding that! I'd forgotten that he had named four of my fave songs too (#s 1,3,4 & 5). It might sound a little strange, but for me it's really cool that songs I enjoy should be the same as those of one of my favorite entertainers. It's a funny thing to have in common, but I think the songs we love say a lot about us. It just nice to know Matt and I have those songs in common. Thanks again, Felicity--you're the best.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: January 12th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    It was great fun to read that article again -- thanks for pulling it out of the archives, Felicity!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Filming in London again

    Looks like Bourne is back filming in London. The temporary Carphone Warehouse stand is back at Waterloo and all the extras are lurking on the bridge again. Lots of crew milling around the station this morning. Don't know if Matt is there. The extras look a different bunch than last time. I think it might be prudent for me to buy my lunch at the station today! Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in London again

    Lucky you! I hope you get to see him. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in London again

    Well I was lucky enough to see him a few times last time they were filming in Waterloo so I'm not counting my chickens this time. For the record he is absolutely stunning close up and not terribly tall. Anyway, it is definitely Bourne - went down at luncthime and the set-up appears the same. This time they seem to have a lot more extras - they stick out from the commuters - they have smug looks on their faces!! No offense meant to any extras - I would have the same look I'm sure! But, everyone must have been on their lunch hour - all the crew were eating. No Matt or Paul Greengrass. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in London again

    He always looks drop dead gorgeous in photographs so must be stunning in the flesh. He doesn't look very tall from the photo's I've seen but suits me as I'm on the small side myself.

    I doubt I'll ever get to see him in the flesh unless he returns to do something on stage again, which I'd love to see him do.

    Funny what you say about the extras looking smug. Directors never get it quite right when they film in London, Paul Greengrass should know better he is British after all. Thanks for the info. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 10th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in London again

    Matt's definitely back in London at Waterloo - confirmed via a couple of blog sightings there.

    Would be nice to know if this is all for one long scene they've never got right or multiple scenes (ie more than just the stalk/chase with Paddy's character).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 11th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming in London again

    Waterloo pretty free of film crew this morning - in fact I didn't see anyone. The Carphone Warehouse stall is still there and there is a security guard on the door of the cafe/bar where the extras hang out. So looks like there will be filming but a bit later on. It's now just after 0900. Jan
    From: jazchu Date: January 10th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    what a surprise, matt didn't win the people's choice award for favorite leading man last night, vince vaughn did. he also lost favorite on screen match up with leo and jack to the pirates of the carribean people. oh well haha

    From: jazchu Date: January 11th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Anoche en los people choices awards matt estuvo ausente, por que puede ser que este en Londres? Encima no gano el premio aunque las estadisticas daban a Matt ganador por 47%. Vince llevo el premio.Ufffff
    Estara Matt presente en los Golden Globe?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 11th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry, but I do not have the time to translate your posts (by machine translation).

    Matt will not be presenting at the Globes - he's currently in London and wouldn't attend anyway if not nominated.
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