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More from Tanzania, Ben quotes
  • An article on Matt and Ben's visit to PEPFAR projects in Tanzania is here, including the following photos.

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    "In Tanzania, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck saw how antiretroviral therapy is providing patients with hope and also the challenges involved in providing high-quality care and treatment," noted Norbert De Anda, a CRS Tanzania senior program manager. "We all appreciate the time and interest these concerned actors are taking to learn about Africa and use their star power to help effect positive change."

  • The Boston premiere of Gone, baby, gone will be held on Monday 15 October, and Matt may attend.

  • Ben says he and Matt may work on a project together in about another year:

    They famously won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting, but will best mates Matt Damon and Ben Affleck be teaming up again in the near future?

    At the Hollywood premiere of his new movie Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck seemed positive that a collaboration will happen.

    "We are trying to put something together and it looks like it's coming together," Ben told Hollywood Extra. "It will probably be after there is or is not a Hollywood writers strike, which will be at the end of next year, so it probably wouldn't be a year or so from now."

  • There's numerous references to Matt in quotes from Ben's upcoming interview at Parade magazine here, including:

    Ben Affleck says that, had he not met Matt Damon, he probably would not have had a career as an actor. The two met when Ben was 8 and Matt was 10. They lived two blocks apart, shared a love of baseball and acting, and both attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

    "Matt gave acting a framework, an integration into the social hierarchy at school," he states. "As a teenager, the natural thing is to have friends who have common interests and so you fit together seamlessly. Before Matt, I was by myself. Acting was a solo activity where I’d just go off and do something, act in a little TV show or something, and no one understood it. None of the other kids knew what it was I did, how it worked, or anything. All of a sudden I had this friend, Matt, and he gets it and wants to do it and thinks it’s interesting and wants to talk about it. Soon both of us are doing it."

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    Stuck at the University of Vermont
    "It was Thanksgiving," he continues. "Obviously, things weren’t panning out. I hadn’t been to Spanish class in five weeks. I didn’t have a car. I called Matt. ‘You’ve got to pick me up! I can’t walk that well. Come and get me now!’ Matt was there in six hours. That was the last I ever saw of the University of Vermont. I never went back. I don’t think I have any credits. It was not money well spent."

    On success
    "It was a dreamlike time for me from December 1997 to March of ’98. Before that, I was basically unknown. Then, bang! The starting gun fired, and everybody just started running. It was learn-on-the-job. And there were more opportunities for work than I had time to do them. Life was filling up very fast, and I was kind of off and running without even the ability to think about it. No time to reflect. I didn’t even have time to feel overwhelmed it was so radical a shift in my life. I was on my own, trying to figure out how to have this relationship with Matt, but he was off doing his own thing making his movies."

  • Matt supported an ovarian cancer charity event - details here.

    The concert raised $65,000 for the cause and was given a boost with a $10,000 check from actor Matt Damon. The Massachusetts native has connections to Cambridge and a personal connection to someone on the board that organized the concert.

  • The first (and probably only) official still with Matt from Youth without youth is below, from here.

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  • An article on Paul Greengrass at Variety, where he's seen as an awards contender for Bourne. And Bourne Ultimatum has received a nomination as Movie of the year at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival awards - you cam vote for Bourne or Ocean's Thirteen here.
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