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Variety columnist attacks Matt, OneXOne success
  • Variety columnist Peter Bart has dedicated an entire article to attacking Matt for being reserved and not a media whore. It's all based on quotes from the GQ article a few months ago (which Bart says is the current issue), and Bart conveniently ignores or is oblivious to numerous facts, including all the public and media-friendly appearances and promotional events for the last few months. A few quotes follow, but comments can be left at the Variety site or in the comments section.

    I realize you don't like to get into the Harvard stuff, Matt, or for that matter, anything that touches on your personal life. After all, you've had extraordinary success at the box office lately, and you've also been noticing the tendency of other stars to self-destruct. Your conclusion: The safest path for a movie star is to remain totally remote from the media, and to be utterly secretive about your personal tastes and beliefs -- in short, to disappear as a person.

    Stars should be mythic; forget the up-close-and-personal stuff. With this in mind, you breezed through the star-hungry Toronto Festival, carefully avoiding media scrutiny. In fact, I never knew you were there.

    But if your goal in life, Matt, is to hide from your public, think about what you surrender. You are constrained from using your celebrity to advance political causes, as your friend George Clooney has done. You are inhibited from being an activist in social causes, like your friend Brad Pitt. You have to be, well, boring and elusive. Does that befit a Harvard man?

  • The OneXOne event raised $1 million from auction bids alone - a report here.

    A star-studded Toronto benefit gala hosted by Matt Damon has brought in $1 million in support of domestic and global children’s charities.

    The One X One Foundation said it is on course to achieving its goal to raise $5 million in the 2007-2008 fundraising year, surpassing previous years. The $1 million raised was from silent and live auctions at the event last Sunday. Figures on proceeds garnered from table and ticket sales weren’t immediately available.

    One X One founder Joelle Berdugo Adler said having Damon take part in the gala "means the world."

    "Besides being the most amazing actor, the most important thing about him is that he’s such a genuine, wonderful, kind compassionate man, and he really does it all for the right reasons," she said in an interview from Montreal.

  • Matt and Ben are pictured with fans in Tanzania in this photo at Perez Hilton.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    This is what I posted on the Variety site in response to the article, but it hasn't posted yet. Yes, it could have been written better. (Thanks Maureen)

    I simply do not understand Bart writing an article on Matt Damon’s reluctance to be a media whore.

    The GQ article is not the current issue, and was released on 19 July, well before Bourne Ultimatum opened. And Matt actually gives a lot away about himself in the article, but not in explicit responses to questions about his family life. And that’s fair. Why does he get criticised for saying he’s not going to whore out his baby daughter to sell a movie? He’s actually talked a lot about his family and his personal life in interviews around the world, in the act of selling his movie and himself, but Bart appears oblivious to that.

    Matt has been travelling the world to promote Bourne Ultimatum almost non-stop since its US release. From the Los Angeles premiere he attended charity premieres in Boise and Oklahoma City, before travelling to Australia and premieres in Sydney and Melbourne (where he completely charmed, yet again, the Australian media). After Australia it was premieres in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Deauville and Mexico City. He’s certainly not ‘hiding from his public’, as Bart claims.

    After the official end of the Bourne Ultimatum press tour in Mexico City, Matt attended the Toronto Film Festival to support the movies of friends, attend a presentation of his own documentary, Running the Sahara, and host a very successful charity event. The day after the charity event, Matt left to visit Tanzania on a quiet trip to ‘observe and learn’ about aid programs.

    He’s sold his movie around the world for the studio without selling his soul or engaging in self-destructive behaviour that would result in tabloid attention. He’s polite, professional and gracious to the press and in return only wants a private personal life without intrusive media or public attention. He deserves to be emulated and recognised for his behaviour, not scorned.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    I left a comment at "Variety". What a pile of bullshit!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    We posted together, Felicity! I'm so bloody mad!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 14th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    You did well Maureen! Mine was probably too long and won't post so I'll try again later.

    The article just rings false, but maybe we as fans know too much and the news/photos/events doesn't make magazine covers so the general public doesn't see any of it.

    Matt's known in Australia as the role model for any visiting celebrity (particularly US celebs) because he's so open, friendly and available. He has a profile and he uses it. He does talk about his family and he's certainly not smug. Grrr.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Just read that Variety article you posted here. This guy's clearly a moron. I my view Matt is the antithesis of all those celebrities out there selling their souls (and whoring out their kids) for their 15 minutes of fame, and that's why I like him.

    It's a really stupid and ignorant article, he must feel so proud! Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree completely. It seemed like such a ridiculus and personal attack, I had to stand up for Matt. Matt has had alot of success this year, so I guess you have to expect some journalist backlash, but he didn't deserved that at all. How Rude!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Variety article

    I can't believe that article!! All I can say it makes the journalist look like an idiot. What does he expect Matt to do - go out, get drunk, fall in the gutter surrounded by a load of blondes - will that help promote Matt's causes?! Is the journalist blind - Matt has been promoting Bourne for at least a couple of months now and, contrary to what Matt says in the GQ interview - I feel he has been a lot more open of late. But why should Matt have to talk about his private life or his Harvard days. I'll stop now before I get cross!

    Thanks for all the recent updates Felicity!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Variety article

    I posted this before I read your comments Felicity. Bravo! I hope they post it. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Variety article

    Replying to myself again....Maureen, just read your comment on Variety. Absolutely great. I will try and post something tonight when I get home. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Oh I'm so pissed off at that man! He doesn't even know a single thing about Matt!
    But Bart's not going to have a comment from me, he's so not worth it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    variety article

    I just posted a comment too. You know that if Matt was in and out of rehab or having public arguments with his wife, the author of that article would have blasted him for being too public. I admire Matt for his honesty and integrity. - Mary
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm pleased to see that Mr. Bart has been lambasted in the comments section.

    *still pissed*

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Shut up

    I love Matt Damon as an actor. But, starting to get turned off with his political "expertise". Just shut up and act...PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! Turns me off aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ersponse to shut up

    god you are so stupid.did you forget that matt damon is an american citizen who has the right to talk and say whatever he wants?if actors shut up and act,and teachers shut up and teach,and workers shut up and do their job.there won't be anyone left who cares enough to vote.you idiot.
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