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  • More photos from the Pembroke Pines football game (featuring Lucy's nephew) are at Splash News Online, Faded Youth blog and Teddy and Moo.

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  • A scan from OK magazine (24 September issue), is below with thanks to Sammie, and a scan from Entertainment Weekly is provided thanks to Julie, with the text below.

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    Character study: Matt Damon

    Putting Jason Bourne aside (not that we recommend you try that at home), which roles have been the Oscar winner's favorites?

    "Will Hunting is so close to my heart because my best friend [Ben Affleck] and I invented him, he's from Boston, and it was what we knew. The stakes were pretty high with Good Will Hunting and it worked out as best as it can in this business--people saw the movie, it got good reviews, I was happy with the finished product, and they gave us an Oscar. I am also pretty fond of Tom Ripley--playing smart and sinister is just so much fun. I wasn't that fond of his choice of swim trunks, though, so a few points away for that. And John Grady Cole in All the Pretty Horses was good too. The integrity of that character is admirable. Unfortunately, I am the only one who saw that movie, so no one will get that reference."

  • There's a few references to Matt in Ben's new interview at Details.

  • A late comment from the Toronto Film Festival at Macleans:

    Mr. Nice Guy

    While [Joaquin] Phoenix was on the fritz, Matt Damon was uniquely charming and cogent. In interviews he came across as a hockey player, but smarter. With no film in the competition, Damon turned up only to host the One x One benefit and auction. When supermodel Petra Nemcova offered to cook dinner as a bonus prize for a winning bid, Damon immediately offered $85,000, then asked if he could bring his wife along.

  • There's a reference to Matt's upcoming potential project about Marco Polo, and the source book, here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 2nd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Updates

    Thanks for the updates! It's a really quiet time after these news-filled months, so these are very much welcomed.

    Matt looks so happy and relaxed in those photos that he reminds me why I became a fan in the first place: aside from his incredible talent as an actor, he is just a regular, down to earth kind of guy, devoted to his family and the causes he believes in, without pimping them to the media (which is just sooo rare in this business). And he is so funny!

    I'm just soo sick of these pregnancy rumors (it seems that every woman wearing a loose dress is pregnanant these days, according to the media...). I just wish people would stop intruding into those private matters...

    As for the Marco Polo project, I have never heard of it, but it sound good.(maybe it's Matt Dillon again...).I am however more excited of the Harvey Milk project, I just feel that is is a great character for Matt.

    Thaks again for the great job you do with this site, but I just have a small curiosity: which is your favourite Matt film and/or role?

    All the best,
    Theo
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Thanks for writing Theo. The pregnancy rumors would drive anyone mad indeed (except when it's blindingly obviously like Ms Lopez and it's just an insult to the public to keep denying it).

    The Marco Polo project came up a few years ago - just that Warner Bros was developing a project on Polo's travels to star Matt, and be written by William Monahan, but it was a long way off. The project's name was "The Venetian", and Bergreen's untitled book had been "acquired".

    Here's the Variety story from 2 May 2005:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117922038.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1

    I think that Harvey Milk, The Informant and The Human Factor are the best possible projects, and I hope that Matt can do all of them.

    As for my favourite film: Good Will Hunting because it's so personal to Matt and Ben and great fun to watch, with so many memorable parts. And people still say (even this week on boards) that they didn't write it, or it was completely script-doctored.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Thanks for satisfying my little curiosity, Felicity! (I hope I can call you like that). It's funny you should mention Good Will Hunting, everyone (Matt fan or not) seems to love that movie. Yeah, those rumors of the script being doctored are completely ridiculous ( maybe people should me more open-minded and realize that young people can also have some creativity and an encyclopedic mind). Who started those rumors in the first place?

    But I have to say that as much as I love it too, it has to be no. 2 on my list after The Talented Mr. Ripley. It just had everything I like in movies plus a great performance of such a complex character from Matt( that made my jaw hit the floor and turned me into a fan). And it never loses it's shock value no matter how many times I see it. That one of the reasons I think that duplicitary characters fit Matt like a glove.

    Oops, I haven't heard about The Human Factor either( is it also an older project?) Could you please give me a link to the page where you wrote about this, I'm really curious now.

    Okay, now I'm officially addicted to your site...I've been reading it for some time but I only now got the nerve to write too...
    I can't thank you enough for everything you do with this site.

    Theo
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    The Human Factor is the recently announced project about Nelson Mandela and the Rugby World Cup. Matt's involvement is not confirmed yet.

    And Ripley is a fantastic movie, but the re-watchability of GWH wins it for me.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Oh, I'm so sorry, I remember reading about that, it's just that the title had't sunk in yet. I just don't want you to think that oh, here's another one that only looks at photos, cause it's not like that. Sorry again.

    Theo
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    That made me laugh :-) Thanks Theo.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    A comment on Matt being described as a "hockey player but smarter" type. In Canada that's lavish praise being as hockey is the national sport and hockey players are our heros. We only wish their IQs were higher.

    I had to smile at that. Higher praise in Canada doesn't exist!

    ~Maureen~
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 3rd, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The same writer wrote a longer piece on his blog a few weeks earlier, which I might as well copy here also.

    Brian D Johnson - Macleans
    This afternoon, after taking a break from stars to watch U.S. soldiers in Iraq commit atrocities of rape and murder in Brian De Palma's Redacted, I sat down for a half-hour interview with Matt Damon. He was in town for the One X One charity benefit. His eyes didn't seem like anything special. But he's seems like the nicest guy in showbiz—utterly unassuming, ordinary and utterly genuine. He comes across like a Canadian hockey player, but smarter. And the flock of female Media Profile publicists managing One X One were smitten with him. But one was bowled over by Richard Gere, simply because he told her he liked a woman who knew how to look into this eyes and shake his hand at the same time. What a smoothie, that old Buddhist.
    Later that day, I attended the One X One benefit dinner at the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which Damon hosted. He ran a live auction with his pal Ben Affleck, a Mutt and Jeff tag team who gave the crowd a run for their money. Damon kept cranking up the bids by throwing his own money on the line. Fergie, Duchess of York, was in the house. And Richard Gere. And supermodel Petra Nemcova. As the crowd bid on a trip to Texas and a bike ride with Lance Armstrong, Petra fattened a prize by offering to cook dinner for the winner. Damon perked up and offered $85,000, then asked if he could bring his wife, who was also present. Petra offered to bake strudel. Some guy called Tommy said he would throw in 10,000 pairs of crocs. Wycliff Jean, who would perform later that evening, jumped up to the podium and offered to give the winning bidder a private acoustic concert in his or her home. The price went up to $150,000. Damon ended up bidding someone to a tie, and they agreed to share the prize.
    It was all more than a bit bizarre. And when this folks who had paid $2,500 a plate were asked to bid on a luxury vacation package to South Africa—to save African children from starvation and malaria—it was enough to make you wonder: what's wrong with this picture?
    Wycliff Jean and Shakira performed after dinner. But Matt and Ben were gone by then—they zoomed off in a limo to the airport, where they would board a plane to Africa. A private jet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "And the flock of female Media Profile publicists managing One X One were smitten with him." ha ha, I can see how that happened.
    But why the sarcasm in the end of the article? It's not like it's the first time a celebrity boards a private jet, even when we're talking of a good cause.

    Theo
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The last couple of paragraphs bothered me too. The event would have been populated with very wealthy people for whom $2,500 isn't a lot of money. We organise a big fundraising dinner every year and stuff like this is fun to do as well as back-breaking hard work to organise, I'm still recovering from the one we did in May.

    If you're a multi millionaire you're always being asked for money to support numerous good causes, so something like this makes it fun for the donors and can open the door to getting a much bigger donation and a more personal committment in the future. It's also a good way to network; millionaires know other millionaires, those who went to the OneXOne event will tell their friends and it grows exponentially. Marcia

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