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  • Quotes from an interview at the Adelaide Advertiser:

    He says he's gratified by the overwhelming response to the film: "It's beyond what we could have hoped for," he says. "I don't think anything has even come close to that for me."

    Ask anyone who's met Damon, or even just seen him on television, and they'll all tell you the same thing - that he's a great guy. Noel, a burly "minder to the stars" who's done security for Damon for all the Bourne tours Down Under, tells me Damon is by far the best star he's worked for in all his years. But Damon insists he's just a normal guy who's polite. It's not that he's especially nice; it's just other stars can be especially awful.

    "You get more credit than you deserve as a celebrity. Like you say 'Hello' to someone and they go 'Oh, he's a nice guy'. And maybe the other thing is most actors are pricks. I don't know, but that's the sense I get."

    So all Damon has to do to be a great celebrity is not to be a prick?

    "That's it exactly!" he laughs. "The bar is set so f...ing low ."

    And what hopes are there for a fourth Bourne film?

    Damon says the story has reached its natural end and there are no plans for another sequel. But later that night at the Sydney premiere he leaves the door open, telling the audience: "If you like it enough, the studio will probably make me do another one."

  • More Australian radio interviews are at Nova Brisbane and Hamish and Andy.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    Just a comment to all that I saw the film with friends the other day. TBU is everything they say and more. I was gobsmacked at the brilliance of it, how the loose ends were tied up - it was all that and more.

    My friends, who had not seen TBI or TBS, *also* enjoyed the film immensely which I think says a lot for the performance and script.

    ~Maureen~
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
    The first TV ads were on Australian TV tonight, and it doesn't open here until 30 August. Can't wait.

    Matt on Rove very shortly.
    From: jennaz123 Date: August 12th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Upcoming projects

    This may be old news, but Friday's Variety says this about Matt's upcoming plans:

    Damon may get in as many as three projects by next spring. Paramount is trying to line him up for a fall shoot of "The Fighter," a Darren Aronofsky-directed drama, which also will star Wahlberg. Then, Damon is considering the Paul Greengrass Iraq drama "The Imperial Life in the Emerald City," only if it can be completed by April 14. That's because he's promised Steven Soderbergh he'll be available to start "The Informant" April 15.

    Rush to judgment
    Strike jitters fuel studios' race to land stars
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117970086.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

    Keeping my fingers crossed that Rush Hour 3 doesn't take away Bourne's August record opening. Based on Friday's numbers, it's looking good so far.
    From: bmcampbe Date: August 12th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Upcoming projects

    I'm confused by everything that I have read. Is he taking this fall off to be at home or not. How can he do 3 films by June 30 if he does not start very soon? Is one of these roles possibly going to end up going to someone else?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Upcoming projects

    Most likely. He won't get through three movies, and he says the script for The Fighter isn't even finished. The Variety list seemed more like a wish-list than a probable schedule.

    Matt's been really definite in interviews about taking the fall off.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 12th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Upcoming projects

    Once Rush Hour only did $19 on Friday the record was safe - RH3 only made about $50 million for the weekend.

    Bourne held well with about $33.7 million.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    - Am still hoping that Matt can still do Emerald City and the Informant. Hoping that the Fighter peters out -- we have had enough boxing movies to last two lifetimes.

    Thanks for all the info -- you will enjoy the Bourne Ultimatum!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    There is an interview in today's Sunday Times in the UK

    http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article2223313.ece

    It's in the Culture section - but why oh why did they have to put James Blunt on the cover. Grrr.

    Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
    Totally agree Jan, it was a good interview too. No new info but at least the journalist asked intelligent questions. James Blunt on the cover what a waste. Also in the media section was a small item about Tom Stoppard and why he didn't get a screen credit for the work he did on the Ultimatum script.

    To paraphrase: he simply didn't want it. Paul Greengrass has asked him to write the script for Imperial Life in the Emerald City, but he had to turn it down as he's too busy doing a long delayed project for the BBC.

    The Bourne Ultimatum will be featured on Talking Movies on Tuesday 14th August at 12.35am on BBC2 (just as I'd hoped).

    It will also be reviewed on Radio 2 on the Weekender programme on Friday 17th August, programme time 10.00pm - 12.00am. Film reviews are usually done in the first half hour of the show.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    Forgot to sign off. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the Tom Stoppard news Marcia - I had been wondering why he wasn't credited.

    And thanks for the Times article Jan - it didn't come up in the usual searches.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Deleted scenes from "The Bourne Ultimatum" trailers, etc.

    All, it's great to hear that RH3 didn't beat "The Bourne Ultimatum's" opening, but it was a shock to see that despite the terrible reviews, RH3 still managed to pull in 50 million - yikes! Better news is that ""The Bourne Ultimatum" has made $132,345,000 in just one week, even without any foreign grosses. Bodes pretty well for the final tally, at least I hope so! I want Universal to demand (beg, plead, whatever) for Matt, Paul and their amazing supporting players to make us another Bourne movie.
    -- From interviews with Matt, it sounds like there are a lot of scenes that they shot and then discarded, including scenes that were in the trailer and publicity photos. Hope we get to see more of these than we have on previous DVD releases. What I want to see in these are the scenese where there's more of Jason and less of the chase, because I do feel sort of cheated that we got to see so little of the character. One thing I loved about the first movie that we actually got to see Jason get upset, get emotional, and we saw so little of those kind of scenes here. One scene that we SHOULD HAVE SEEN and were cheated of was -- wait a second --- ********** !!!! SPOILER ALERT!!! *********** was the scene where Jason reads the reporter's first article in the UK papers about Treadstone and about himself and what he was. After 3 years of hiding, what a shock that must have been to see his name and his job stated so bluntly to the world -- and dang I wanted to see that; it would have been fun. --- **** END SPOILER ALERT ***** Anyone has other "missing" scenes that they think should have been included?
    Thanks, as always, to Felicity, for keeping us all up to speed on Matt. Take care, Cheryl

    From: billie_jean8 Date: August 13th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hi,

    Apparently Matt will be interviewed on BBC Radio 1 on Thursday. On the Edith Bowman show.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt will also be on GMTV on Wednesday morning. A shame there aren't any talk shows over the summer - Jonathan Ross would have been great. I guess he might appear on Richard and Judy (God help us). Jan
    From: billie_jean8 Date: August 13th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    For years I've been longing for him to go on Jonathan Ross, I think it would be perfect. One day!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi everyone, already seen the "talking movies" review and Tom Brooks was saying that Matt is deserving of an oscar, but obviously won't get nomminated as action movies never get a look in. Wouldn't it be lovely!!! Just received my "filmink" magazine this morning in Australia and Matt is on the front and a big article inside, yeah!!! Can't wait to see the film, not too much longer lol!!!!

    Kylie from down under!!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 13th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Kylie, I'll look out for Filmink tomorrow.

    Did you happen to see Weekend Sunrise, and an interview with Matt? It was apparently great and really personal, but I didn't watch it.

    Here's the Filmink site, but they haven't updated the site with the latest issue yet.
    http://www.filmink.com.au/home/
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    No I missed out on that interview. I have missed out on some great interviews this time lol. The rove interview was short, but always funny!!!! Thanks for all the great stuff you have covered, you always do an amazing job, I would have missed out on some great interviews if it wasn't for this journal!!!

    Kylie
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    BBC Talking Movies

    Here is the link to the Talking Movies programme - no interview, just an excellent review from Tom Brook. Jan


    http://www.bbcworld.com/Pages/ProgrammeMultiFeature.aspx?id=41
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 14th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Spain

    Photos of Matt and family in the Costa del Sol, Spain for a mini-break before the London premiere.

    http://www.glitteratigossip.com/glitterati/2007/08/matt-damon-head.html
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 14th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    I think this interview has been mentioned in an article , but I dont think the actual interview has been posted (if so, sorry and delete)

    http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1118005704&fr=yfp-t-501-s
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 14th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's the Rove interview. It's cute.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OT2GxnvYkw
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    radio interview

    There's another interview with Matt from Perth's mix 94.5fm here:
    http://www.mix.com.au/perth/shows/thebigcouch/guests/index.html
    z.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 14th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: radio interview

    Thanks for the link z.
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