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  • Photos from the set of Bourne Ultimatum Friday are at Wireimage, including the following, thanks to Celebrity Mound:

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  • Excerpts from an interview with Ben at the SMH:

    Just a couple of years ago, there were few things in the world less fashionable than Ben Affleck. How had that happened? Wasn't Affleck that fun dude who starred in indie auteur Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy? Wasn't he the surprisingly young guy who, with best mate Matt Damon, managed to win the Oscar for screenwriting as long ago as 1997 for Good Will Hunting? The two of them bounced on stage like the kids they were, so fresh-faced and keen, to collect their prize. They were the respectable faces of commercial success.

    Damon went on to make a mix of solid Hollywood thrillers and some very credible, even experimental, arthouse films, led a normal life going to shops and bars unmolested and had girlfriends nobody knew anything about. Eventually he married one of them and went on to have a baby, all without so much as a Hello! feature to trouble his domestic routine.

    Late last year, when he was promoting Hollywoodland in London, he and Damon met for lunch. Damon was pushing a pram. They laughed, he says, about how different life had become; different in a good way.

    Having a child, he says, has directly influenced his work choices. He wants to be proud of what he does. He and Damon are working on a project they want to direct together.

  • A Gawker sighting:

    Matt Damon, Mar 7th, 2007 @ 8pm
    Matt Damon with big group and Brendan Shanahan with his wife.. both eating dinner last night at Campagnola.
  • 3 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 10th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Bourne Legacy!

    A silly little random. The money that was paid to the tenants/owners associations of my building where they filmed part of Ultimatum is being put towards the communal garden areas. Thanks Matt! I'll always think of you now when I look at the plants. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 10th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Bourne Legacy!

    Very cute - thanks Jan. A great and lasting way to spend the funds. Must be so much money spent on appeasing local buildings, councils etc.

    An item in Cindy Adams' NY Post Column a few days ago:

    ALL kinds of cop cars, fuzz, staffers, bar ricades, security on West 26th between B'way and Eighth the other day. Matt Damon shooting "The Bourne Ultimatum." To donate to the block association for its cooperation, producers offered $1,000. It was rejected. They upped to $5,000. It was accepted.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 10th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Bourne Legacy!

    I don't think our associations got anywhere near $5,000! $1,000 is a bit of a joke though. I guess the Brits weren't canny enough. They should have got me to negotiate. Of course I would not have negotiated a fee, but a tea party with Matt instead - the little old ladies would have loved it. I can see it now "Ooh such a lovely young man, and so polite. Who is he?" Jan
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