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Lance project still active, Bourne
  • An article at the Wall Street Journal claims Matt is still the favoured choice to play Lance Armstrong in a biopic - excerpts:

    But Sony's chairman, Amy Pascal, agreed that "It's Not About the Bike" had the potential to cut through the world of cycling and create a compelling human drama. Another tempting factor: the actor Matt Damon, who had met with Messrs. Marshall and Armstrong on the Berlin set of "The Bourne Supremacy" to discuss playing the role. In 2004, Columbia bought the option, giving Mr. Stapleton a producer credit and agreeing to share profits with him and Mr. Armstrong after the movie was released.

    Still, the film is a work in progress. Mr. Silver is reworking some aspects of the script, and the studio hopes to deliver a more finished version to Mr. Damon some time this year. Mr. Damon, who worked closely with Mr. Marshall on the "Bourne" movies, expressed an interest in playing Mr. Armstrong early on, the filmmakers say. Although nothing has been put in writing, it's understood that the actor will have a right of first refusal on the role, they add. "We would love nothing more than for Matt Damon to play this part," says Mr. Tolmach. Associates of Mr. Damon say he's definitely interested, but not formally committed.

  • Photos of Bourne Ultimatum filming at Waterloo station, London, on Thursday are here, linked via Coming Soon.

  • The Good Shepherd will be screened at the Glasgow Film Festival, held from February 15-25. Details here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)


    Unsurprisingly Matt has not received any nominations for a Bafta Award. The Departed has multiple nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (The Caprio Kid - no bitterness there then!) and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson). I am pleased to see that Paul Greengrass as I think 3 nominations for United 93. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 12th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baftas

    Good Shepherd wasn't eligible - it was one of the films released too late and it missed the cut.

    Confirmed here:

    Those who were not considered include Shepherd, The Good German and Letters from Iwo Jima.

    (Still hurts though that Leo has got so many Best Actor noms for Departed and Matt has got zilch.) The reviews were certainly not that disparate.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baftas

    I am praying that Leo wins nothing and shall chant PLEASE LET DANIEL CRAIG WIN over and over again. Jan
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: January 12th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Baftas

    No, you're right, Leo and Matt were reviewed quite comparably as I recall. It is a disappointment.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: January 12th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    If the script is any good and it's a director Matt wants to work with, I can envision him doing a great job playing the role of Lance. I think there's enough of a resemblance, and I'm sure Matt would train like crazy to be convincing physically. And it goes without saying that Lance's story is an incredible one -- but will the filmmakers be able to capture it in a credible manner?

    I can see it going either way, as far as the quality of the eventual movie, depending on the script they have to start with and how it's realized...will it turn out to be a really compelling biopic, or will it come off as a rather cheesy property, with a treacly, minor-league, made-for-TV feel? (And it could be either, whether it's Matt in the role, or Jake Gyllenhaal, or any other actor, however strong their performance is.)

    It's pure speculation on my part, and I could have it totally wrong, but it seems like this one could be a riskier proposition for Matt and his career than a lot of other projects he's been offered in recent years. It'll be interesting to see how this shakes out moving forward.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 12th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    The director is Frank Marshall, so he may feel more of a personal sense of obligation to do the film than another choice.

    I still don't think he will do it (and didn't even Lance say it was going to be Jake?)

    Matt's shown no interest in Lance or his Foundation for a while now (his yellow bracelet was replaced by the white 'One' a year or so back), and I doubt this would be a priority, whatever the challenge.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 12th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm not a betting woman, but I'd put money on Matt not doing it. However, that could be my personal hope. I'd rather see Matt do James T. Kirk, and that's not on my wish list, either. At least Kirk gave some credit to Spock and Scotty for helping save whatever species they were up against. ;o) Lance stands alone in his spotlight and, although he is hope personified for people battling cancer, I still don't like the man.

    From: jenna1masol Date: January 13th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    my sentiments exactly

    you are on the money with that one.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lance Biopic

    Jake taking the role was an internet rumor. Lance later debunked it. He might still be a contender for the role when it happens, but the role has not been given to him. I think he's in the same place as Matt....interested but not committed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 13th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Lance role

    I can see Matt involved in this project as a contributing member/producer -- however, I can't see him in the Lance Armstrong role. It's not a good fit.
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