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Matt Damon News Column

Matt drops out of The Fighter, Tanzania photo

  • Matt will no longer be involved with Darren Aronofsky's boxing project The Fighter, with the role now to be played by Brad Pitt. Details at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

    Pitt will replace Matt Damon, who had been looking forward to a reteam with Wahlberg, his co-star in "The Departed" and a fellow Bostonian. Damon just had too many projects on his dance card to make the film on the schedule Par wanted.

    It's believed Damon gave his blessing to Pitt, his co-star in the "Ocean's Eleven" film series.

    Pitt is putting on the gloves that were to have been filled by Matt Damon, who had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts.

  • Another photo of Matt and Ben in Tanzania from I can't translate the Swahili caption.

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  • The Rock says he now only wants action roles up to the level of the Bourne movies - details here:

    Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is taking a break from action movies because Matt Damon has set the bar too high after his Jason Bourne films. Johnson was tipped to become the next Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger when he started his movie career with The Mummy franchise and spin-off The Scorpion King, but he admits action films have become a little lame and the scripts have to be better. He says, "I love action movies but with what Matt Damon was able to do with the Bourne series and how kick-ass those movies were, he raised the bar. "Whatever material comes in, if it's not that, then I'm not doing it. That's the goal."

  • Another report on the OneXOne event from In Style.

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    Matt Damon also teamed up with his Ocean's Thriteen co-star Don Cheadle to catch the premiere of Brad Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at the Elgin Theatre. The busy Damon also hosted the second annual OneXOne gala ito fight poverty and preserve the lives of children around the world, where he was agained joined by Cheadle and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. Ben Affleck helped Damon auction off items like a tennis lesson with Andy Roddick and a trip to South Africa. Matt and Ben kept up their best buddy schtick to entertain the bidders. "People say: 'You're a lot taller than I thought,'" Matt quipped about how the fans react to Affleck. And what do they say to Damon? "People say, 'You're a lot smarter than I thought,'" Affleck quipped.
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