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Project update: Green Zone then Informant
  • Chud has a run-down on Matt's upcoming projects following an interview at the Ultimatum junket over the weekend.

    "I’m hoping to do the Green Zone movie [Imperial Life in the Emerald City] that Paul’s doing, but I don’t know," said Damon. "I’m doing The Informant with Steven Soderbergh, which we’ve been trying to do for years, starting April 15th. We have a strike coming, and Steven knows I want to do Paul’s movie so he moved all the way up so he’d basically go April 15th to June 30th, and the strike starts the next day. If Paul can get me in before April 15th on the Green Zone movie, then I can do it."

    So where does that leave The Fighter, the Boston-based boxing brothers movie Darren Aronofsky is directing and which was supposed to re-team Damon with his Departed co-star Mark Wahlberg? "The full script isn’t in yet," says Damon. "It’s another thing that's out there."

  • A transcript from part of the junket is at Moviesonline, which doesn't want any text to be copied elsewhere. So, there's updates on writing with Ben (Us was wrong - it's still in the talking stages, as always), Isabella (walking and pointing), the relief over Ultimatum's final cut and fighting scenes against younger opponents.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2007 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    Busy, busy, busy, so much information I can hardly keep up! Thank you for presenting it in such an orderly manner.

    Looks as if I'll be seeing Bourne twice with different groups of family and friends. So excited, I can hardly wait. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    You're fortunate to see it so soon (well, a few weeks away). It's on in over a month for me.

    Lots of press, and if you can watch any of the US entertainment shows, there should be interviews with Matt on Monday.

    ET is so far only promoting (yet another) Sexiest Man Alive quote from Matt. It's such a safe answer/story for Matt, and he doesn't have to give any comments about his family or anything personal. But the shows ask these pointless questions every time and it's like falling for a gimmick. My rant over.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    We've got Sky +, so will look out for stuff on E! etc. The BBC do a programme here called Talking Movies, which does excellent film interviews. I hope The Bourne Ultimatum will be reviewed on it when it opens here, the interviewer is a really smart guy, and asks great questions (nothing personal, just related to the movie), but he really makes actors talk in depth about their role. A bit like Inside the Actors Studio - but less deferential. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I remember that program from when I had access to the BBC. A quality show.
    From: bmcampbe Date: July 23rd, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I never believed he and Ben were doing any writing. They were surrounded by family and extended family for their whole vacation. I can't even write an email to anyone with my family in the room. Plus, it looked like working on their surfing skills was much more important. Matt had just finished a 9 month shoot and was preparing to start a heavy publicity campaign. He needed a VACATION not a writing project. And it doesn't look like there is any time for writing in the next 11 months either. You can't believe anything US weekly says.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 23rd, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I found this amusing and instructive. Last night I viewed "Entourage", a very popular sitcom on HBO (The best premium network in the U.S.). This show is owned by Mark Wahlberg who, of course, has total script approval. One character is in need of an alibi, and one of the major characters gives him one, saying, "He was with me at The Bourne Ultimatum premiere last night." So here's Wahlberg plugging a Damon film. Just found that interesting.

    Also, frankly, I don't care if Matt writes again. Maybe GWH was a fluke, a result of hunger, maybe not. What isn't a fluke is that Matt has developed into one of the very best actors (who clearly has writing input for his films)in films today. I watched "The Good Shepherd" again last week and marveled at his performance. We need him in front of the camera. But that's just my selfish view; I love great acting in great films; I want to see Matt do a lot more of it.


    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: July 24th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I liked the Movieonline enterview except for the author's annoying "better half" comment. I'm glad Matt invoked Kevin Smith's "hetero life mate" appelation instead. I'm surprise the author didn't refer to Ben as "the old ball and chain" with his inference. Both men are married yet they still do this stuff.
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