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  • Here's an interesting interview with Matt at the Times, including the following. The very cool Tesla is pictured here.

    The tyre-smoking chase scene culminates in one of the biggest crashes in cinema history, a fact that Matt Damon might have reservations about. In real life, Damon anguishes over the damage automobiles are doing to the planet, even when they are driven sedately.

    "I drive a Toyota Prius and I have one of the Lexus hybrids," he says. "Next year I’m getting a Tesla Roadster, which I’m very, very excited about. It’s an electric car, gets about 250 miles to the charge and is fast as hell! I can’t wait to get it. Driving a green car is one of the ways we can all do a little more, so I’m trying to do that."

    "Ben had a big black 1969 Cadillac we called the Batmobile," he remembers. "It was huge and had dark tinted windows and you’d start it up and it would go ‘glug, glug, glug’. It probably did five miles to the gallon, and we would drive around our home town in it. It could barely get down some streets – you had to start slowly turning the steering wheel well before you got to the corner. But cars like that are definitely in our past."

    "Sometimes I wish I could go back to sleeping on the couch," he says. "I think back to those days when I was sleeping on friends’ couches. For years I had two duffel bags and I went from set to set and everything I had in the world was in those two bags. I didn’t have a house. I had nothing. And I loved that and there was incredible freedom in it; I could be in and out of a place in a minute – I could have everything on my body and moving. And now I have 20 bags and cribs and strollers and Pack ’n Plays."

    On his CD changer
    Everything by U2– I’m a big fan. Also Moby and Elliot Smith. My wife is Argentinian and I’ve taken tango lessons, although I’m not very good at it, so I listen to Latin music too. I don’t want to generalise about my wife but I love being connected to that side to her.

  • A profile of Paul Greengrass is at the Observer.

  • An interview with Bourne composer John Powell is here.

    "I finally realized I should damned well thank Matt Damon," Powell says. "That's where the consistency of this series comes, it's completely in his head and his eyes."

  • A possible movie project (which has been rumored before) from Jam Showbiz:

    Damon to play Ness?

    If Seven and Zodiac director David Fincher gets his wish, Matt Damon's next identity will be Eliot Ness.

    Producer Don Murphy tells Sun Media that Fincher wants Damon to star in the grisly, fact-based thriller Torso. The film, based on a graphic novel, will explore how Ness, after bringing down Al Capone, saw his political ambitions crumble when he failed to catch a brutal serial killer who littered Cleveland with dismembered corpses.

    Fincher's determination to cast Damon could prove a hurdle, though. The director is still wrapping The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt.

    And Damon, whose The Bourne Ultimatum opened Friday, is committed to film Imperial Life in the Emerald City and The Informant before next June, when the actors and writers guilds are expected to strike.

  • In a longer interview with an Australian interviewer (short version here), Matt says (as expected) that he will not be bringing his family to Australia this week. Matt has already arrived in Sydney.

    Damon says he is disappointed to be making the trip solo this time.

    "Australia is the one place I'm not going with them," he says. "We were going to do a whole trip because last time I went I brought Lucy and my step-daughter and my mother-in-law and my brother and his wife and their kids -- and we had a whole group go down and stay for a week after I did the press things and we had a great time.

    "This time, unfortunately, the UK premiere is August 15 so that doesn't give us enough time."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Sunday Times

    They've gone totally overboard promoting Ultimatum, it's in nearly all its sections. There is yet another totally redundant Bond versus Bourne article in the News Review (I may scream if I see another one),the poster for the film is on the back of the Culture magazine, and he's even honourably mentioned in the Style section too!!

    My favourite part of the interview you posted is where he talks about his baby daughter keeping him up all night. Even though his wife will get up and take care of her so he can rest, once she's awake he's awake. The sress he shows in the film is real he says due to sleepless nights with his baby. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Sunday Times

    There's lots of talk at the moment of sleepless nights with Isabella - during the making of the film and during the press junket. The girl must not be a good sleeper...

    There's been a lot of UK press already before the opening there in a few weeks time. And quality stuff too: Observer, Times etc.

    It's rare for Matt to get a positive mention in any Style section :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Sunday Times

    Well, it wasn't really about Matt's style in that section of the Sunday Times - the headline was 'The Boys you can't help but fancy' as opposed to big boy Calvin Klein models! Matt was in the company of Calum Best (dont' get that one!), Johnny Borrell (I don't know who he is), Zach Braff and Kelly Slater (is he a surfer?). What it said about Matt....

    'Matt Damon is Jason Bourne, and Jason Bourne is God. He's more mysterious thatn Bond (doh!), more real than Batman, and more complex than Bruce Willis. We want to be rescued by him, before trying to soothe his pain. Oh Jason, we can help you remember.....'

    The Sunday Times is getting a bit trashy!

    Hopefully next Sunday there will be a proper interview in one of the main Sundays. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Sunday Times

    From: bmcampbe Date: August 6th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Sunday Times

    Isabella is a very normal 13-14 month old who is constantly traveling through different time zones. There is absolutely no way she could have any kind of normal routine or schedule with as much as they travel around the world. I have 3 children. And I worked as a neonatal/pediatric nurse for quite a few years.

    I saw Bourne Ultimatum today. Really enjoyed it. The theater was almost full. As far as I could tell everyone seemed to enjoy it in my theater. There was no big reaction at the end. No one clapped.

    I liked the ending.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well I for one am jealous. Dang it. I want a Tesla!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    the music

    What I meant to put in my previous post is how much I'm looking forward to the music so it was interesting to read (and listen) to the article on John Powell. As a musician I really appreciate the contribution he has made to these films and I'm looking forward to hearing how he will arrange the well-known themes to the new film. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 5th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Weekend figures

    Universal says Bourne Ultimatum made $70.2 million in its opening weekend, which would be an August record.

    Exit polls showed the movie played to a slightly older crowd than much of the summer's high-profile popcorn fare, with 57 percent of its audience over the age of 30.

    "This is beyond all of the special-effects films that are in the marketplace. It offered a different kind of entertainment that's very satisfying," said Nicki Rocco, president of domestic distribution for Universal, which is controlled by General Electric Co.


    Superspy Jason Bourne delivered more than an ultimatum this weekend as the third in a series of spy thrillers topped box office charts and delivered the biggest August opening of a film ever.

    "The Bourne Ultimatum" took in $70.2 million this weekend, far surpassing the openings of both of the earlier Bourne films based on novels by Robert Ludlum.

    The opening also pushed last week's top film, "The Simpsons Movie," to second place, with $25.6 million. The big-screen version of the animated TV show has topped $315 million worldwide for distributor Twentieth Century Fox.

    "We're really riding high today," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal Pictures, which put out "The Bourne Ultimatum." "The reviews and audiences rated this one the best one yet."

    The second in the series, "The Bourne Supremacy," earned $52.5 million in its opening weekend in 2004, while the first film, "The Bourne Identity," had an opening weekend take of $27.1 million when it debuted in 2002. Universal's research showed that more than 90% of the opening weekend audience had seen the previous two Bourne films. "People just love Matt Damon and (director) Paul Greengrass is a superstar," Ms. Rocco said. "Matt Damon is the new James Bond."

    The film's opening bodes well for a robust August, which is typically when the sweltering summer movie season begins to cool off a bit. "The summer movie season is alive and well even as we are moving into the home stretch," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. "The Bourne franchise just keeps getting better with age. The consistency of quality has always been there with the Bourne movies. That builds loyalty among viewers."
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: August 5th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is that a projected figure? A Friday/Saturday figure? Or have I slept thru Sunday and it's now Monday, here in the States? They don't usually report weekends until after noon Mondays.

    JJ-altho, i wouldn't be surprised if that's a 2 day cume.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's the projected three day figure, but final $ won't be known until tomorrow.
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: August 5th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Y'all might like to know that The Bourne Ultimatum is #94 on imdb.com's Top 250 movies!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Just saw the movie

    It is a fantastic movie -- reminds me of old Gene Hackman & Clint Eastwood action movies. There was a mixture of an older crowd and younger ones in the audience. I think it appeals to both. Can't wait to see it again on the DVD and I would really love to see what happens to Bourne -- so am hoping for another Bourne movie.
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