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Ben, De Niro, cake day
  • A quote from Ben at the SF Gate:

    The enormous success of the "Bourne" franchise has made Damon one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. In recent interviews, he's said that Affleck's flair for directing has "changed the dynamic that our partnership can have. I can act in a movie he directs."

    "Matt is hot as a firecracker," Affleck said, his voice filled with pride and not a hint of jealously that his pal catapulted to the big time before him. "I hope he's looking to land us something we can work on together."

  • In an interview at the Japan Times, Robert De Niro says for the first time that he wanted John Turturro as the lead for The Good Shepherd:

    The cast is very impressive, are you happy with the result?

    The casting is the one of the most important things about a movie, especially for something as heavyweight as this. If the actor is not right it makes things that much more difficult. My first choice for the role of Wilson was John Turturro, but the shooting schedule clashed with him taking care of his mother, who was unwell at the time. It got to the point where I had to shoot scenes around him and without him, just to give him an extra two or three days to change his mind. But then his mother passed away and John agreed to play another role, that of Wilson's assistant. My next choice was Leonardo DiCaprio but his schedule didn't fit either and so I asked Matt Damon to come on board. Of course, I was very happy with what Matt did for us — he was wonderful. He had to work under duress, and had to agree to a big pay cut . . . We all had to take a cut.

  • An interesting look at Matt and his family from a journalist who met the young Matt - here:

    I can attest to it: Matt Damon truly is a nice guy.

    Believe the hype.

    Believe it because he’s the type of guy who refuses to believe it.

  • Happy birthday to Matt, who is 37 today. His birthday horoscope is here, and October 8 in history is detailed here.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Happy birthday, Matt!!!

    Let's just all wish our golden boy a very happy birthday, all the best in the world for him and his lovely family and may he continue charming us with his great talent in wonderful movies.
    Happy birthday, Matt!!!

    Theo
    november75 From: november75 Date: October 8th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Happy birthday, Matt!!!

    Happy Birthday for Matt Damon, him desire fullness in everything, that llege to being able to make all its dreams, I am somebody more than one fan, I am their friend (imaginary), since it does not know me, but sends letters to him, if your you are its friend, and you wanted to give this note him, Happy Birthday by your 37 years, much happiness, and if algun day you want to intercanviar, with a friend experiences, feelings, complicity aqui I am, I am Spanish, I do not speak ingles, but it motivates single the knowledge to me that podria to know him, to.
    Novemberdestiny
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great news about him maybe appearing on 30 Rock, I hope he can do it. Five have just bought it and it starts in the UK on Thursday at 22.45. It sounds really good and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

    I think his performance in The Good Shepherd has been totally underrated. I can't think of another American actor who could have pulled it off. I've watched it a few times now and I think the performance is so subtle and nuanced I actually forget he's acting. The acting accolades always seem to go to the scenery-chewers, but I think The Good Shepherd will eventually become a classic just like Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life or Casablanca, both of which flopped on release, but are now viewed by critics and public alike as timeless classics.

    Hard to believe he's now 37, he's grown into a man, but still looks so amazing. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATT

    Widhing you a happy 37th
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MATT

    Happy 37th B-day to Matt!
    My Bro's 21st today aswell...so i'm gonna party!!!

    Anyhow thanks for all the info Felicity... love this site!!

    -Cass
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy Birthday to talented, charming, caring and amazing Matt!
    His attitude to work and family always amazes me, he gives everything to both. Long life Matt!
    Olga


    layne67 From: layne67 Date: October 8th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    What wonderful pics! Happy Birthday, Matt :)
    From: hinzel Date: October 8th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Happy birthay

    Happy birthay to Matt, he's 37 but is so good looking yet. Happy day with his family and friends and ¡qué cumplas muchos más!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy Birthday Matt!!! Though he is already 37, I think he is like a fine wine....only gets better with age!!:)
    Love
    celeste
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy Birthday Matt! The last poster was right - he does get better with age!

    Thanks for all the updates Felicity!

    Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy birthday Matt!

    God Bless you and your loved ones.

    Congrats!!!

    Ari.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Birthday boy!

    "Hippo birdie two ewe, hippo birdie two ewe, hippo birdie deer Matthew......hippo birdie two ewe!"

    Have a good one!

    Saw you in Pinewood studios in May this year and you were smack bang infront of me for about 5 seconds and no one else was around and I never said a word to you...what with 'goodwill Hunting' having been my favourite film and lasted the test of time for the past 10 years....I kinda regret that.
    Basically I lost the ability to speak...something my mates probably wished would happen more often! :D
    Ah well, thems the breaks! maybe if that ever happens again I'll actually say "hello".

    Take care, Debra.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Birthday, Matt!

    Happy Birthday, Matt!
    Have a nice day with your family :-)
    Lillian
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 8th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy Birthday Matt!!

    your fans love you and i hope you are having a fun time w/ your family and friends.

    Thanks for posting the cute pictures!

    -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    happy birthday!

    happy birthday to Matt!!! :D
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 9th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday Matt, you are inspirational to us all, that makes us wish we are more like you. Thank you for caring for all things are passionate to you.

    khads
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    happy birthday to Matt. Best wishes to him!
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