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Golf day, Francis Ford Coppola quotes
  • Photos of Matt playing golf with friends in Miami are at Mavrix Online, Splash News Online and PopSugar.

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  • Matt is not the lead in Tetro, to be directed by Francis Ford Coppola in Argentina (that's Matt Dillon), but Matt does have an unbilled cameo in Youth Without Youth, directed by Coppola, which will premiere at the Rome Film Festival in October. Matt talked about his relationship with Coppola, and filming Youth, in Dutch newspaper De Morgen on 8 September (translation thanks to Maureen).

    Matt says that he was always by Coppola's side during The Rainmaker filming, constantly in his company and learned a great deal. They became, and remain, very close. They rehearsed at his Napa Valley home for three weeks before going to Memphis to film.

    Coppola flew Matt to Romania for a cameo in Youth Without Youth (which Coppola finaced himself). Matt says, "anything for Francis". Translated quote: In "Youth Without Youth" Coppola paid me in wine (laughs).

    When Matt first met Coppola and spoke about the role for The Rainmaker Coppola gave him a cigar - his own brand named "Carmine" for his father, Carmine Coppola.

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  • Here are some quotes from Coppola and Rainmaker co-star Danny De Vito from the recently released Special Collector's Edition of The Rainmaker.

    Francis Ford Coppola:

    "We found a new actor to play the main character Rudy Baylor, that was Matt Damon. Who was a very charming, honest and intelligent young man and it was a total pleasure to work with him from day one to the very end of the experience."

    "Matt was, I though, at the time just so perfect for the part. He’s so wholesomely attractive and sincere. In truth, he’s a little bit like that – he’s very intelligent. But I think he’s quite sincere and it has been my pleasure in my career… You feel so proud of these actors and actresses who go one to become big stars and do so many wonderful performances. In Matt’s case he had also written his own project and won all those Oscars. It was great to see him rewarded in that way. Matt Damon was such a pleasure."

    Danny De Vito on Claire Danes and Matt

    "These two were a lot of fun to hang out with. Come down to the trailer, cook, eat, weekend look for some place to go. I was the most noticeable in town so they had to disguise me up to take me to some blues club, put on a jacket and a wig."

    "We had a lot of fun, we would go out a lot. They were young, really young kids who wanted to go out all the time. I’d go out and have a couple of drinks with them. It was a good family cast, and anybody who wanted to participate could. I like movies like that."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 29th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Youth without Youth

    OMG, Matt went to Romania for this? I'm from Romania and I missed it:( Darn it. When was this?
    On the Coppola and DeVito comments, they come as no surprise( does anyone ever have a bad thing to say about Matt?). Theo
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 29th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Youth without Youth

    Matt went to Romania straight after he finished Good Shepherd in late January or early February 2006. He was only there for a couple of days and there wasn't much coverage in the local press - some articles, but not much.

    And there's very rarely anything bad that's written (or spoken) about Matt. Here's another example from a blog post (and comments). Can't say the same about Matt's comrade.
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: September 29th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I love that movie poster. Kinda reminds me of Casablanca :D.
    I also love pictures of Matt playing golf <3. He should definitely play in the celeb pro-ams, especially Pebble Beach.
    Thanks for the great updates as usual! <3
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 1st, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2007 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the updates. I've really enjoyed reading all the comments and articles you've posted over the last couple of days.

    I watched The Brothers Grimm recently, the first time since it was released in 2005. I have to say, it made a lot more sense second time around; although I do think that Jonathan Pryce and Peter Stormare are in a different movie. Matt's English accent isn't bad either, just a bit wobbly in a few places, but a million miles from Dick van Dyke.

    Loved the comments you posted from The Rainmaker DVD too, great quotes, I decided against buying the 10th anniversary edition, although I enjoyed the movie it's not one of my favourites, I'd rather save my pennies for the Bourne 4-disc DVD box set, due for release on 10th December in the UK according to Amazon.co.uk.

    Ultimatum is still holding up well here, number 5 in the top 10.

    Thanks for clearing up that story from the BBC too, poor journalism strikes again. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 2nd, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi Marcia. Yep, Ultimatum still doing very well internationally, and was top again (after a recount) world-wide for the weekend.

    The Rainmaker DVD is also worthwhile (as Jan wrote previously) for its behind the scenes footage of the film shoot, and some clips of Matt's audition. There are some fascinating (if not maddening) games being played on set as part of Coppola's acting school, and it must have been an extraordinary experience for young Matt.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 18th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    is matt gay?

    Unfortunately for us gals out there, I think Matt might be the subject of Ted Casablanca's Blind Vice in last weeks Awful Truth. It just fits too much. If you don't know how his Blind Vice works, the pics at the bottom in the "and it ain't" section are always a clue. So Ben Stiller is a clue to Matt's best friend "Ben" Affleck, David Borneaz (sp ?) plays Angel like Matt played an angel in that movie with Ben and Alanis Morissette (sp ?), and Will Smith is a reference to Good Will Hunting. So, unfortunately, it looks like my favorite actor prefers his men to women. Sad.
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