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Spanish break, interviews
  • Photos of Matt and family arriving on the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Spain, are at Exposay and Glitterati Gossip.

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  • The Bourne Ultimatum earned $32.9 million in its second weekend, for a total of $131.6 million. It has already earned more than the total US take for The Bourne Identity.

  • Interview update: the entire Rove interview is here, the Sunrise interview is available in an easier format here, and a Perth radio interview, which turns into a career retrospective, is here. Upcoming interviews will be on GMTV (UK morning show) on Wednesday morning, and BBC Radio 1 (the Edith Bowman show) on Thursday. Thanks to readers.

  • A detailed interview in Spanish is here, where Matt talks about his plans for his children to attend school for a time in Argentina, and the Latin customs he has adopted.

  • Excerpts from an interview at the Sunday Times. Thanks to Jan.

    Add the Ocean’s films, and it is Damon who has emerged as the most bankable screen actor of our time. Not Brad, not George, not Tom, not Johnny. "I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit," enthuses Greengrass. "To my mind, he is the outstanding actor. He has an ability that only very few actors have: to create an iconic character. They’ll still fall in love with the Bourne trilogy in 20 years."

    Meeting Damon – in LA, a place he visits only to tub-thump for a movie – is an enjoyable experience. Convivial, witty and articulate (he was a Harvard undergraduate when his film career took off), he also comes with an apparently sterling work ethic, the kind that has caused Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg, Soderbergh, De Niro and, to no less a degree, Greengrass to fall over each other to work with him.

    At 36, he still brims with the boyish charm that saw him burst onto the scene 10 years ago. Buff and tanned (he did a lot of his own Bourne stunts), he is just back from a surfing trip to Hawaii, a long way in body and soul from, say, the anonymous CIA automaton of The Good Shepherd or the toady energy analyst of Syriana.

  • An article at the Herald Sun claims that Matt may return to Melbourne in January for a poker tournament.

  • Update: On National Public Radio show Day to day, director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) was contacted to specifically discuss his admiration for The Bourne Ultimatum:

    CHADWICK: You've seen "The Bourne Ultimatum." What do you think?
    Mr. FRIEDKIN: Oh yeah. Well, first of all, I think it's probably the best action film in many, many years. It's state-of-the-art. It blows almost everything else away that I've seen in the same genre. It's done with intelligence and taste, and it's preserved the conventions of the action film, which is, you know, tension around every corner and suspense and really convincing performances, a story that makes sense and has lots of twists and turns. And so it's a great example of preserving a genre. There aren't many. The only other one that comes to mind would be "The Godfather" and "Godfather II."

    Mr. FRIEDKIN: ...These guys just made a great film and I have no stake in it. I have no oar in the water. I don't know any of these people. I know Matt Damon slightly. And I saw it with an audience last week and they were rapt through the whole picture. Nobody moved, nobody left the theater. At the end it got applause, and that's sort of rare today.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 14th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interesting astro profile of Matt Damon as Bourne

    I've been a big fan of Matt's for years. Love this site. This is my first comment.

    Found this interesting astro profile today.

    Matt Damon, Bourne Again

    …”Audiences are enjoying Jason Bourne's exploits, with his divided soul caught between his dark past and his hopes for a brighter future. "Audiences also respond to the fact that the character has a moral component," said Damon.
    Matt Damon was born with his Libra Sun in the Eighth House (October 8, 1970; 3:22 pm; Boston, MA), a placement which brings the life path into the secrets of the psyche and the exploration of all that is hidden and enigmatic. Since his Sun is conjunct Uranus, these explorations often take surprising or unexpected twists, and provide the personal experience to play the brainwashed assassin Jason Bourne.
    Damon's chart reflects this cinematic character in other significant ways that make it seem as if he was born for this role. His Mars in Virgo is conjunct Pluto, giving Damon a warrior-like intensity and the drive to overcome adversity and emerge victorious. His Pluto is also conjunct Mercury, which describes the mind games, intricate plot details, and intriguing complexities of the drama.
    His moral authenticity can be seen in his Jupiter, which is deepened by its placement in Scorpio, and given direct expression by the square to his Aquarius Ascendant. Matt Damon in real life is passionate about several causes, including fighting poverty, genocide, and AIDS in Africa. Now, with Jupiter turning direct in his Tenth House, his sterling reputation is confirmed, and his philanthropic efforts can advance.“

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)


    I'm not sure if Matt was on GMTV this morning as I was only able to catch a small part before going to work - they certainly were not announcing it. I did go to their website and found a bit of fun - a poll for favourite action hero - it gives you around 10 options. Matt is on top with 30% of the vote - the nearest contender is Bruce Willis with 20%. I think Matt is very popular in this country. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GMTV

    It's interesting what you've said about Matt's popularity here. I agree with you. My family is fanatically anti-celebrity, Matt is the only movie star they like and respect.

    Got to wait until Saturday to see Ultimatum, just counting down the hours. Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 15th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GMTV

    I'm seeing a preview of the film tomorrow but will go with my family en masse on Sunday - they are so anti-celebrity but all appreciate a good film and good acting. My mother became a Matt appreciator after seeing The Good Shepherd. Jan
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: August 16th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GMTV

    I really feel bad for all of you guys having to wait to see the movie. How do you avoid the spoilers?

    And remember when you go, try to sit as far back from the screen as possible.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GMTV

    Thank you, I've just avoided all things Ultimatum on the internet and everywhere else so haven't seen any spoilers yet. And people who've already seen the film and discussed it on here have been kind enough to flag any spoilers so I haven't read their comments.

    I really think the same worldwide release date would have been a much better idea, the studio know this is a hugely popular franchise worldwide and it wouldn't have hurt them to do it.

    They did it with Oceans 13 and Superman 3. Just a few more days to go, I know my patience will be rewarded.

    Will follow your advice about sitting at the back, it's where I prefer to sit anyway. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 15th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: GMTV

    The GMTV website was promoting Matt's appearance on Wednesday's show, but no clip yet.

    There was one comment in a column at the Independent that Matt was doing London interviews on Tuesday, but no other references yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Given his prolification of parental involvement, I can't help but ask why Lucy has absolutely no involvement with her daugher's school right here in Miami?
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