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Casting for a young Matt, Vanity Fair
  • A Boston casting agency is looking for a young Matt look-alike for The Departed.

    The studios director, Jodi Purdy-Quinlan, a local casting director and is working with Boston and New York casting directors on "The Departed" a Warner Bros. picture being directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Jack Nicholson, Leonard DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Purdy-Quinlan seeks boys with blond hair and blue eyes who look like DiCaprio at five or six years old and boys with blond or light brown hair with blue eyes who look like Damon at age 12 to 14 years old.

    "I'm still waiting to receive the breakdown on how many and what type of background performers ("extras") are needed," said Purdy-Quinlan. In the meantime, she is accepting pictures and resumes for anyone interested in working on the film which will be shooting in the Boston and New York area between April and August 2005. "There is going to be a scene requiring a group of kids, so I'd like to update my files as soon as possible," Purdy-Quinlan added.

  • Thanks to Natasha for her description of the Matt 'article' in the latest Vanity Fair:

    It's a Mark Seliger shot and it was photographed on the roof of the New Otani Hotel in LA, on December 3 of last year. Text:

    The Rainmaker
    Matt Damon, actor, screenwriter
    Twenty-eight films as actor, two as writer; one Oscar (co-winner, best original screenplay, 1997, Good Will Hunting).

    Since making his breakthrough in the Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting, Harvard dropout Matt Damon, 34, has managed to hang on to the affection of moviegoers by keeping his head down, staying out of the tabloids, and, mainly, turning in one decent performance after another in movies that are usually worth the ticket price. His solid presence made a winner out of The Bourne Identity. Who knew that this remake of a Cold War thriller could yield such cinematic fun, critical raves, box-office reciepts, and through-the-roof DVD sales? Its sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, did nothing but improve on the original, and Damon, as the very human super-spy Jason Bourne, made it look easy, like a slacker generation James Bond.

    Coming Soon: Damon enters the forest primeval with mad-genius director Terry Gilliamm for The Brothers Grimm; joins Robert De Niro in the long-awaited C.I.A epic, The Good Shepherd; and goes off to Scorsese land for a shoot-'em-up gangster picture (opposite Leonardo DiCaprio) tentatively entitled The Departed.

  • Oscar-winner Robert Richardson will be the cinematographer on The Good Shepherd - details here.