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Daily Mail interview, Trek
  • The Bourne Ultimatum press junket has commenced in Los Angeles, and already we've got confirmation from IGN that Matt will not be in the Star Trek film, as director JJ Abrams is casting significantly younger (as expected). The first reviews will be out shortly, but here's some initial comments from FilmStew.

    Thanks in part to furiously effective sound mixing, jump cut editing, stunt work and mounted car camera footage, The Bourne Ultimatum is the snap, crackle and pop finale that all fans of the franchise have been hoping for. But there’s no denying that as with any effective superhuman action movie, there are riddles to be pondered...

  • The first press release about the Los Angeles premiere is here.

  • People is seeking questions from readers to ask Matt.

  • There's a lengthy interview with Matt at the Daily Mail, including:

    For the first time on a Bourne film, Damon has allowed almost total access to a journalist and will spend several days telling me his 'war' stories – not just about the movie, which required him to spend six months being hit and learning to fire an arsenal of real guns, but about a delinquent childhood, a brush with death by starvation, and persecution as a "traitor" by sections of the American media. He's articulate, open and as ferociously intelligent as you would expect for a Harvard man (although he dropped out after two years to pursue acting).

    He wears black jeans and a black shirt over his lean but muscular frame. With his straw-coloured hair cut short, he has the air of a young senator: all angular features, New England accent, disarming smile and realistic views about the fragility of his celebrity.

    ...Only once it had been identified did the vicious cycle stop and Damon could get back to work – and as if on cue a runner from the Bourne unit arrives at our cafe to request Damon's company; happily, he suggests we talk again in a couple of days' time. When we do, he's at his rented house near Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire, cradling his youngest daughter.

    At 36, he's been happily married to Argentine-born former barmaid Luciana Barroso for two-and-a-half years, and they have two daughters, Isabella, just turned one, and Alexia, eight, his wife's child from a previous relationship.

    "Look, I'm sorry about this," he says, "but my wife's gone out and I've got the kids and their friends. Just a second."

    He breaks off and explains to the youngsters that if they go and play for a while, he'll take them to the park. Isabella continues to gurgle on his hip while we talk.

    He's been a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq and has taken a lot of flak for speaking out publicly against it.

    If Damon sounds intense, he's not – none of us are used to Harvard-educated A-listers with a clear moral compass and precise opinions – and he suggests that next time we meet up we have a beer.

    Will his friends George Clooney and Brad Pitt be there, I wonder?

    "Now those guys are kindred spirits," he says. "Having a beer with those two is exactly like having a drink with guys I grew up with. It's just like any other group – cards, pool, a few beers. Behind closed doors you would have no idea of all that stuff. If an alien came down and saw George and Brad in a room with ten other guys, they would not be able to point out the movie stars based on how they were behaving."

    The same is true of Matt Damon, of course, and maybe that's the big difference between Bourne and Bond.

    Every actor who's ever played 007 has been associated with the character for ever more, but Bourne's identity lives only on the cinema screen. Outside, Matt Damon is free to be himself. Like Bourne never existed.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2007 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Access Hollywood

    Great segment on Access Hollywood tonight on Matt's stunts on TBU. There were different camera angles from what we saw on ET and some zeroing in on the New York car chase. Billy Bush (the main host for those who haven't seen the program) said he had seen the film the night before and pronounced excitedly, "It's some ride!!!" No worries, TBU looks like it will be a huge hit.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2007 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Access Hollywood

    Thanks for the info - sounds very promising.

    Here's a link to the clip, without the introduction and coda by Billy Bush:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2007 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Access Hollywood

    There are some great behind the scenes clips here as well:


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2007 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Access Hollywood

    Thanks Maureen. Kaylinne posted that link in a previous comments section.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2007 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great to hear there will be no Star Trek. Interesting that it's The Daily Mail that interviewed Matt too - normally A listers tend to go for the broadsheets such as the Telegraph, Times, Guardian etc. I'm hoping a major Sunday paper will have an interview.

    Thanks for all the new reports and photos Felicity! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A rave by Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere:

    First two paragraphs:
    I can't decide which adjectives or catch phrases to use in this review of Paul Greengrass 's The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal, 8.3). I'm really kinda stuck. Pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat, bobsled, warp-speed, heart-in-your-throat...how many hundreds of times have I read those terms? It's gotten so they don't mean very much. But this final Bourne flick does, I feel, "mean" something. That is, apart from the fact that all I could say for the first five or ten minutes after coming out of last night's screening was "whoa" and "wow."

    The Bourne Ultimatum is, naturally, one steriod orgasm action blast after another, but that's expected. What else could it be with those two super-Bourne's before it? So let's try and quantify. I think it's an action movie milestone in two ways. One, by pushing the velocity-junkie aesthetic to new super-pleasurable extremes. And two, by being so good at this go-fast game that you don't care that those hallowed dramatic substances -- character brushstrokes, echoes, deep-down emotion, dialogue that addresses something besides story points. -- are all but absent. You just don't care. You're in adrenaline heaven.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Another rave review

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2007 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another rave review

    Thanks for posting the reviews, im lovin' the positive feedback so far! -Jess
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