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Fake nose for O13 confirmed - called 'The Brody'
  • In an interview with Berlin's Morgenpost, Matt confirms that he will be wearing a fake nose in Ocean's Thirteen, and that it was called 'The Brody'. The fake nose was previously outlawed by Harvey Weinstein for use in The Brothers Grimm, and almost shut down production of that movie. My translation follows:

    "Ocean's 13" is coming up. And again you had to use make-up.
    Matt Damon: Yes, and this time my character despaired in such a way that he wants to mask himself. With a fake nose; we called it "The Brody"...

    After the large-nosed actor Adrien Brody...
    Matt Damon: All of this had its origins with "Brothers Grimm". Terry Gilliam wanted unconditionally for me to wear a fake nose, such a small thing. But the producers, the Weinstein Brothers, absolutely forbid it, claiming the entire film would have failed. Harvey Weinstein raved: "I have paid 18 million for a star, and then nobody recognizes him." When Steven [Soderbergh] heard of it, he gave me one for "Ocean's 13" immediately. In order to prove the opposite.

    Other quotes:

    In the third film do you finally move into the A-league next to George Clooney and Brad Pitt?
    Matt Damon: At the end of the film they acknowledge him finally as one of their own; I can say that. But Linus must pay always the price. The 14th in the alliance is this time Al Pacino. I jumped for joy when I heard that. Only unfortunately I have not got a single scene with him. But I have many scenes with Ellen Barkin, and she has scenes with Pacino. Therefore in a certain transcendence, I also have scenes with him.

    On the cast of O12:

    Are you actually something akin to friends? Is that possible?
    Matt Damon: I believe that is something we have already become. If you film so often together, something like fellowship emerges. It is also great that Steven is also presenting here at the Berlinale his new film.

    Do you miss your younger years?
    Matt Damon: I would be happy to always be 19. I was not grumpy when I woke up. But my life is always getting better. I already look forward to my forties.

    You have just filmed your second Bourne film in Berlin. Does it feel like home?
    Matt Damon: Yes, very. The previous film was also set in Berlin. Also, as I don't have to remind you, that scenes that were actually set in Moscow we also filmed here. This time Berlin in the film will play no role. It's Moscow again. Therefore we came here (laughs). I'm sure all Berliners will laugh once they see that. But I love Berlin a lot. I hope that I may film here again soon. It is such a great city, with so many facets. It can be west and east, Berlin and Moscow. You have also one of the best film crews in the world. And I can't forget Babelsberg. That is like a Hollywood studio.

  • Cate Blanchett called Matt's performance in The Departed "absolutely brilliant, because you cannot see him act" when discussing how show-boating and over the top performanes always win awards - at the Morgenpost.

  • Updated: A moderated discussion from Berlinale with De Niro and Matt is discussed here, with Matt mentioned by various newspapers as having saved the occasion when De Niro was at his monosyllabic best. A photo taken at the event from Spiegel is below.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2007 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    Film Four are doing a short retrospective of De Niro's earlier films and an interview with him to coincide with the UK release of the Good Shepherd next week. Details should be in TV listing magazines this week.

    Also delighted that Paul Greengrass won for Best Director at the BAFTA's list night for United 93. MP
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    No, he was there. I was cleaning up in the kitchen before going to bed and had the tv on BBC1, it was about 10.45 and I rushed into the living room when I heard his name mentioned. Penelope Cruz gave him the award and he made a lovely speech. He always reminds me of a slightly mad college professor and he looked the part last night. He was very humble and thanked everyone involved in the making of the film. MP
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 12th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sorry, just reading the Empire reports and saw that he was there. He wasn't in the lists of attendees at Wireimage (or at least wasn't when I saw it).

    (my deleted post in the middle there)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 12th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's an interesting article with Departed cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who says he will make no more Hollywood films), where he describes how much Jack Nicholson messed with the script, and the other actors. From:

    Almost straight web translation:

    Ballhaus: Scorsese asked his three leading actors (Leonardo DiCaprio, matt Damon and Jack Nicholson) to help him with the film script, which was already finished actually. Nicholson took that somewhat too literally: It described the whole film script, invented a new figure. For Scorsese Nicholson is a cinema Idol, thus Jack took over all this gradually.

    Tykwer: And Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio sat shyly in the corner?

    Ballhaus: Those were not shy at all, when Nicholson began to change also their text. In addition it came that Nicholson in each scene tried to play its partner to the wall. There was a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, which would actually have had to take about two minutes. But Nicholson played ten minutes, pulled suddenly a pistol from the bag, held it for DiCaprio by the head. That was not planned everything. But DiCaprio reacted madly and played, as if nothing would be. Only after it he only asked: “What was that?” That was adventurous. And Scorsese suffered very much from its authority loss. At the end he thought "Departed" was his worst film. He cut it terribly furiously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I am so happy for Paul Greengrass. His speech was very emotional and even made me tear up. He appeared quite overwhelmed himself. I am so glad Matt is working with him. nobody from The Departed bothered to turn up.

    Publicity for TGS has started in the UK. There are trailers on the TV and now adverts on the buses. I had lunch in the cafe by Waterloo Station today (where all the extras for Ultimatum seemed to hang out) and a total of 5 buses within 30 minutes went pass with Good Shepherd on the side. So, Matt still has a dominant presence in London. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Popped out at lunchtime to get a sandwich and saw my first bus with the ad on the side for the Good Shepherd. Looks as if there's going to be a strong marketing campaign for the movie, at least in London. It's a shame Matt won't be here to promote the film himself, but obviously he can't be in two places at the same time. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rotten Tomatoes fans voted "The Departed" best 06 movie

    Glad to see that the fans over at this movie web-site know a good thing when they see it :). Here's the link about the vote with some differnt pics from the movie (maybe you've seen them, I hadn't though). Had to laugh about the article mentioning "the nose". I remember reading about this before "The Brother's Grimm" came out and its so funny that Matt is going to wear one in Ocean's 13. Can anyone think that a nose was the reason why "BG" was so bad? Love the cast, love the director, but alas, the movie lacked a certain something (well, maybe lots of somthing). But we have happy things to look forward to; "The Departed" DVD tomorrow, then an "Ocean" and "Bourne" movie this summer! -- Thanks as always for all your hard work keeping this site updated! -- Cheryl
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