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More interviews, Arthur
  • A new interview with Matt at the UK Telegraph:

    Damon's instincts for a good script proved correct - while only The Departed was a box-office success, all three proved huge critical favourites. With the Bourne movies and this year's Ocean's 13, Damon has had seven successive hits.

    According to Greengrass, Damon is "the finest actor working in Hollywood today". He points out that Damon has helped to develop Bourne's character (Damon, of course, is also an acclaimed scriptwriter, winning a best screenplay Oscar in 1997 for his and Ben Affleck's Good Will Hunting) and praises his "amazing instinct for emotional truth".

    He also says that Damon "is a fine physical actor. People think that it's easy to do running and jumping, but doing something believable with that precision and power is incredible - it's like being an amazing sportsman."

    [Damon] stops and smiles. "So while shooting the Bourne films has been amazing for me, maybe the last one wasn't so amazing for everyone."

  • Excerpts from a Daily Telegraph opinion piece about Matt's recent visit to Australia:

    For once, nice guy comes first

    If he's ever looking for a career change, Matt Damon could do worse than set up a training academy to coach his fellow matinee idols in humility. Unlike some of his peers, Damon knows on which side his imported sourdough bread is buttered.

    Considering how well paid and overindulged the average cinematic superstar is, that Damon is a genuinely decent guy shouldn't be an anomaly. And yet it is. Articulate, well-informed, humorous and tirelessly polite, Damon is unfailingly gracious in his dealings with colleagues, fans and journalists.

  • Two lengthy Australian video interviews with Matt are at the Channel 10 website.

  • The HBO preview of Bourne Ultimatum is now available in three YouTube clips: one, two, and three. Thanks again to Andrea of David Strathairn Online.

  • As mentioned previously, Matt will play himself on the 3 September episode of the PBS cartoon show called Arthur. Here's a picture of cartoon Matt from Pop Candy. They've even done a cartoon version of Matt's shirt - as seen below in this photo from Rome a few years ago (below).

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  • A new spin on an old story from here, derived from an interview in the current UK issue of OK magazine.

    Matt explained in an interview with Britain's OK! magazine: "I kept my Oscar at my apartment in New York, but then my apartment was flooded. A sprinkler broke while were out of town. It was really weird.

    "It was about two weeks after my daughter Isabella was born and I'm sure it was like one of those deals you make with God. When Luciana was in labour, I said, 'Please take everything in the world away from me, but please don't take my wife or daughter.'

    "Two weeks later I got a phone call and they said, 'I'm in your apartment! Everything you have in the world is gone!'

    "I was holding my daughter and I said, 'OK, don't worry about it.' I'm sure on some level there was some kind of cosmic deal I made for it."

  • An article from the Onion about Ben wanting to be a part of the next Bourne movie. Note the source.
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Felicity - the HBO clips are really interesting. I'm getting a real kick out of watching the Waterloo scenes - it seems so weird to see all the familiar shops etc I see every day! It is also lovely to see Matt having so much fun with the stunts and driving scenes. I can't wait - just 5 days until I see a preview! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 11th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    So you got the tickets for the shows around the London premiere? Variety confirmed yesterday that Matt and Paul Greengrass will attend.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
    I entered about 5 competitions to win tickets for the actual premiere - no luck there. I also applied for special preview tickets for Mon at the local VUE cinema. No luck there either. So, going on the 16th at the Odeon Leicester Square - this is the place to go - massive screen and the sound is amazing. I wonder where all the premiere tickets went though - it is a huge cinema. I don't mind so much not going to the premiere and seeing Matt - he became an honorary commuter at Waterloo for a few weeks and it was great to see him there! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 11th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    So you're not going to be in the crowd for the arrivals in Leicester Square? I did it for Ripley at that location - a lot of fun.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    Not a chance! I don't do the fan thing! In any case, I think you have to get there really early in the afternoon to get a good spot - the Leicester Square premieres are huge and crazy. Jan
    From: billie_jean8 Date: August 11th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    :( Wish I lived in London. Lincolnshire does NOT have big screens, good sound or Matt Damon walking around!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    We pay for it though! My ticket at the Odeon was £12.50 plus a booking fee. Jan
    From: billie_jean8 Date: August 11th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
    True, but it's definitely worth it for films like Bourne. My ticket was £6.70!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's truly unbelievable that Matt Damon could even lie about such an event given it's signifigance, but Lucy never went into labor. Since Matt Damon had infected her with Genital Herpes while he was cheating on her with his former girlfriend, there was never any plan for Lucy to go into labor. Her cesarean had been planned months in advance and went off with out a hitch because Matt had hired one of the area's most pre-eminent OBs to perform the operation. Lies. Lies. Lies.
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