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Interviews, Letterman Monday
  • Matt will be on Late Night with David Letterman Monday. If anyone can summarise the show in the comments section that would be great.

  • Interviews with George, Brad and Matt are at the New York Post and the New York Daily News, including:

    DAILY NEWS: So Matt, it doesn't hurt your feelings when you call up Brad and George and say, "What are you up to?" And they say, "Oh, we're making a Coen brothers movie ["Burn After Reading"] together?"
    MATT DAMON: Yeah, yeah, I appreciate the shout-out, that's nice. [To Clooney and Pitt] Thanks for reaching out and including me! [Faking irritation] I get to do "Syriana."
    CLOONEY: Yeah, you get to do the fun one.
    DAMON: Oh, thanks.
    CLOONEY: "Come out to Morocco, Matt!"
    DAMON: "Come out to the Arabian Peninsula."

    DAILY NEWS: Your friendship tends to stretch out to other pals, doesn't it? Brad's got a Western, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," coming up in the fall, co-starring Matt's friend Casey Affleck, Ben's brother.
    DAMON: Actually, Casey is so neurotic... he would want to rehearse for his auditions for that over the phone with me. And we would talk and talk and talk. He would talk for four hours! And then I'd finally say, "Dude, I don't know what else to tell you." And then he'd say, "Fine," and hang up. And then he'd call Ben and do the same thing for another four hours!

    New York Post
    The rule of thumb on-set was not to overthink - and certainly not to overact. "There’s not a lot of actor angst going on," says Jemison. "Not a lot of actors talking about 'the process.' I think that would be frowned on by Steven."

    At one point, he says, someone brought in an instructional drama book, which was, predictably, mocked.

    "We were all joking, especially Matt and Don, about this book about the acting process called 'Relaxantration,'" says Jemison with a laugh. "We just made fun of all those rules that actors have."

    "There are occasions,” Soderbergh acknowledged at Cannes, "when it’s hard to get everybody to be quiet and focused."

    To which nearly every cast member chimed in: "Matt!"

  • A strange interview with Matt, which has no original quotes, is at the Scotsman.

  • A good quote from an interview with Don Cheadle:

    "I always like to think of the five stages of an actor's career, which are: Who is Don Cheadle? Get me Don Cheadle. Get me a Don Cheadle-type. Get me a young Don Cheadle. Who's Don Cheadle?"

    "Everybody gets retired," he adds, "but it can happen close to when you're ready to go."

  • Quotes from an interview with Carl Reiner at the Chicago Sun-Times:

    "As a group, there is no ego there," Reiner says of his "Ocean's" co-stars. "They're so happy to get together that they immediately set up a basketball court on the set, and they're playing jokes on each other and laughing. Then the cameras roll and their faces turn serious. Five minutes later, we're sitting on the sidelines talking about Darfur."

    Does Clooney play practical jokes on a comedy legend like Carl Reiner? "No, no, no, they're all very respectful," he says. "What I like is they include the old man.

    "They also like to ask me about things that happened before their time. When we did the first 'Ocean's Eleven,' I told them all my old show biz stories. By the third movie, we were covering family stories."
  • 15 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    That "Scotsman" interview is indeed strange. Facts strung together with quotes to make it appear as if it's fresh.

    I'm looking forward to Letterman. Matt's always been animated on Letterman.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Tis indeed strange. I think it's supposedly based on a new meeting/interview with Matt but focuses on old films rather than anything recent, and not a single quote could be described as original.

    This video interview, however, is very original. Matt and George understanding the difference between Australian and New Zealand films, but not greatly pleasing the NZ interviewer (fantastic title of clip):


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    German Vanity Fair

    There's a good interview with Matt at the online site of Germany's Vanity Fair:

    If anyone is able to provide a translation, particular for the paragraphs about Matt and his family (the second half), that would be appreciated.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Vanity Fair

    Second half :

    VF Did success make you happy?

    M.D. Success is relative. Naturally it is good for the ego - and for the bank account. But since I know both sides the coin, I know also how quickly everything can go away. Also there's a lot of luck involved and that I don't forget. However at the end of the day what fills me with joy is the thought of my daughter and my wife. I married the love of my life - Luciana Barroso - one year ago, and we've since had a daughter together. That is the genuine happiness in my life and my daughter Isabella is my everything.

    VF Can being a star and a family man at the same time possible?

    M.D. That runs surprisingly very parallel although we are a large family. My wife comes from Argentina, I'm from the USA - there's a large extended and scattered family on the North American continent. To be honest I don't think I could carry the heavy work load out without all of my family because I draw my strength from the people that I love.

    VF Does your private family life make it easier to deal with fame?

    M.D. Yes, naturally - and also against other adversities in life. For example last year my freshly reconditioned New Yorker apartment was flooded by a defective fire sprinkler. Everything which was dear to me and expensive was absolutely ruined. Before my daughter was born that would have completely done me in. But when they called me to tell me about the disaster I was holding my daughter in my arms in order to rock her to sleep. I did not stop rocking her for even one second. Everything that I really needed I was holding in my arms already.


    That's the family stuff, Felicity. He goes on to say that he wouldn't even want to trade places with George Clooney. Matt says he's stopped wanting to be somebody else after the age of three.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Vanity Fair

    Awesome - thanks Maureen. That's a lot better than my poor machine translation.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: German Vanity Fair

    Married the love of his life, that's so amazing, I bet he's glad he waited for the right woman to come along, and you can see in photos with Luciana how happy they are, they still look like newly-weds to me. Agree 100% with his views on love and family. I'd be lost without mine, there is nothing better than being surrounded by people who love you and want the best for you.

    My sister is in shock about his decision to quit the Bourne franchise, and that Bourne might die in Ultimatum, I'm glad she doesn't know where he lives. I broke the news to her as gently as I could, but she still wailed like a banshee :D Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ebert and Roeper

    Both Roeper and the guest critic gave O13 enthusiastic thumbs up last night. They said that, whereas O12 showed the actors having fun for themselves that O13 radiated fun for everyone. They were so enthusiastic about it you could tell how jmuch they enjoyed the experience of watching it. Bodes well for the film, I think.
    baglady25 From: baglady25 Date: June 4th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That Don Cheadle quite was said by Jake Gyllenhaal, except, using his own name...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 4th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for that info - I hadn't heard it before.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 4th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My laptop is getting fixed and i really missed checking this site like crazy!, but i finally get a chance to today. I am very excited to see letterman tonight and oceans 13 on friday! Thanks for all of the latest info, pictures, and interviews. -Jess :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 5th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Comments section is playing up - must be a livejournal fault.

    Can anybody write up the Letterman segment?

    Here's some photos from outside the show:

    And a clip is at Letterman's CBS site:

    (Lucy looks at YouTube for clips on Matt!)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Late Night with David Letterman

    Matt came out wearing a Red Sox shirt, which made everyone laugh. Letterman told him he had alot of courage coming there tonight wearing it and suggested he get someone to walk him back to his hotel for safety. They went on a bit about the Red Sox and Yankees (don't follow baseball much, so was lost on me). Matt then talked a little about his daughter, describing what it's like to travel with an infant - said she was screaming the whole way back from Milan, for no reason other thanh to exercise/ test out her pipes. Letterman then rehashed the whole McConaugh impersonation Matt did the last time.....etc.
    Showed a very short clip of Ocean's 13, and Matt talked about "the Brody" i.e. the artificail nose he had to wear for the part, so named for the prominent snoze of fellow thespian Adrien Brody.
    And that's about it. Nothing really exciting or memorable happened.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 5th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Late Night with David Letterman

    Thanks for the description - I can't see the show here.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 5th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Late Night with David Letterman

    There's a more detailed description of Matt talking about Isabella at Celebrity Baby Blog:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 5th, 2007 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Late Night with David Letterman

    I'm such a keener, I took notes :o)

    Matt came out wearing a Red Sox #34 shirt (which, as I recall, was his number in Little League Felicity?). Yankee's Clements had a groin injury and they discussed the fact that Clements used to play for the Sox. Matt said, "yeah, we had him 20 years ago when he was 40." Apparently the Yankees had won something and Matt said, "another 10 like that and you could be in 2nd place!" He spoke that Boston's favorite teams are "the Sox and whoever's playing the Yankees."

    He then discussed travelling with Isabella, detailed above in Baby Blog.

    Letterman was still raving about Matt's Matthew McConaughey impression. Letterman asked if Matt thought that Matthew would mind. Matt said that he was an enviably laid-back guy and that wouldn't have bothered him at all. Matt also said that later that week Lucy was on "U-Tube" and came across Matthew watching Matt imitate him. Matt found that a bit embarrassing (*hand/forehead* gesture).

    They discussed the great proboscus worn in O-13, the "Brody". George Clooney had told Matt that Adrian Brody was a friend, had hung out at Lake Como and that he wouldn't mind blah blah... Matt then runs into Adrian Brody at a Ben Affleck premiere and starts discussing the nose, the friendship with Clooney and was met with a blank, confused stare. None of it was true. Another of George's jokes. Matt said something to the effect that with McConaughey and Brody he was slowly alienating all the male stars.

    A clip was shown (O13 obviously): Scene is the decision to go forth and seduce the older lady. Rusty is chosen but Linus argues (wanting that promotion) that it was HIS idea therefore HE should be Mr. Pepperidge.

    And that was it. I found Matt a bit subdued and we were definitely in the presence of Mike Smiley, but he was handsome and charming and full of fun as always.

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