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Ultimatum script, various
  • The Bourne Ultimatum script is available online at the Universal Awards site.

  • According to a report at the Denver Post, Matt allegedly tried to get tickets to Saturday's Red Sox v Rockies game.

    Damon dissed. Bummed you couldn't get tickets to Saturday's game? Don't be. Matt Damon called the Rockies the other day for ducats and came away empty. "Matt's a Sox fan," said a Rox spokesman. "Sorry, buddy." There were rumblings, but no confirmation, that the Good Will Hunter got in the ballpark.

  • Australia's Herald Sun newspaper rated Matt the top movie star in movies today in an article on Saturday, based on three criteria:

    BUMS ON SEATS - Hits and misses at the Australian box office. Who has met expectations or, better still, exceeded them? Who is squandering our goodwill with inferior product?
    HEADS ON SHOULDERS - How does each star make use of their God-given talents? A quick assessment of who works hard at honing their craft, and who is prone to hit the auto-pilot switch.
    HEARTS ON SLEEVES - How does each star build and maintain their following? Not just the size of popularity, but the willingness of a fanbase to accept the star in a variety of guises.

    1 MATT DAMON (last year: 5)
    Age: 37
    Films: 36
    Career high: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    Career low: All the Pretty Horses (2000)
    Market value: $20 million, plus percentage of gross
    Matt Damon earns top spot for three good reasons. Audiences want to see him. Filmmakers want to work with him. And, most importantly, he wants to keep his end of the bargain at all times. The driving force behind Damon's steady rise to prominence in the past 10 years has been his lead role in the Bourne trilogy, based on the best-selling books by Robert Ludlum. In each film, Damon imposes his will with power and intent, bringing to life a character that is literally a dead man walking. A real pro. A class act. And the best in the business.
    Recent form: The Good Shepherd (A) Ocean's Thirteen (B) The Bourne Ultimatum (A)
    Coming soon: Narrates intriguing extreme-sports doco Running the Sahara, then reverts to lead roles in psychological drama Margaret (with Anna Paquin), wartime action pic Imperial Life in the Emerald City and a biopic of America's first gay mayor (with Sean Penn).
    Random fact: Damon is still angered by the myth that he dumped then-fiancee Minnie Driver on camera on Oprah.

  • From an article on the lack of movie stars today at the OC Register:

    And, while the painfully modest Matt Damon would disagree, I believe that "The Bourne Ultimatum" definitely prospered because of Damon's involvement in it. The Mattster would argue, and has argued, that the director, the script and the music are the real reasons for that franchise's success.

  • A sighting from the Miami Herald last week:

    Actor Matt Damon and wife Luciana were spotted walking hand in hand on Lincoln Road Tuesday morning with their daughter, Isabella.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Many thanks for posting the script link, Felicity! It fills in a few vague areas (like Paz's "why didn't you take a shot?").

    In spite of the fact that I think it will only embarrass Matt, I predict that he WILL win Sexiest Man of the Year - mostly because of GC's public hoopla about Matt never winning.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 29th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    I wanted to say something like that in the post. I wouldn't be surprised if he was offered the title last year and declined. Somehow he's got even greater momentum this year and it seems to be going his way.

    I doubt he would sell himself out (for no valid reason and a whole lot of reasons why not) just to be the butt of jokes. He would be unlikely to do the suck-up interview or cover shoot either.

    Speaking of sucking-up, I can't believe the extent to which Jennifer Garner allows herself and her child to be photographed almost every day (and yes, she has options). She's also on the cover of Vogue Living parading herself and her house completely without shame to sell a crap movie. Double standards, and then they complain about media intrusion.

    (OK usual suspects - get upset now.)
    From: bmcampbe Date: October 29th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Do you really think Matt has a choice in whether he is named Sexiest Man Alive? I think People Magazine could get any photo they wanted and put it on the cover and come up with a story based on old interviews and comments from friends. Maybe I'm naive but I just find it hard to believe that it is manufactured completely by the star and their publicists.
    From: bmcampbe Date: October 29th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you that Matt will get Sexiest Man this year. I don't think there's anyone else they could pick.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you so much for posting a link to the script. It's quite an interesting read, at least for me, cause this is the first movie script I have ever read and it's interesting to see how it describes everything involving a certain scene in great detail. Just great.

    Wow, as far as I can see, Matt is really popular Down Under! And if one were to think of an actor who could fulfil all those three criteria that would definitely be him.

    Regarding the last article, it's an iteresting read also and it brings important points to the table, but I don't think it quite distinguishes between an actor and a movie star, which, as far as I'm concerned, are quite different. I believe that true actors take on more challenging roles in movies that may not make as much money as a commercial one, and let's face it: the majority of people (now don't attack me, I didn't say all of them) don't really like to see thought-provocking films but would pay their 10$ to see the latest comedy or action figure turned movie flick. And those films don't really attract big names to the cast. The best thing that an actor can do in order to have crowd appeal would be to balance those two sides and Matt has definitely done that with the Bourne series. Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks again for all your great work.

    All the best,

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 29th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    It does make sense Theo. Thanks for writing.

    I'm always surprised when media pundits (or journalists hard up for a story) claim that George Clooney's latest movie has failed because it didn't have a $20 million opening weekend. It's not the greatest film of all time (and I hated the predictable ending), but it's done very well for a movie of its type, without a marketable supporting cast (ie bimbo of the month) and in a tough market.

    The star's not going to help a tough and supposedly cerebral thriller succeed unless it's falsely marketed for the four quadrant audience. A star will help sell the movie but it's never a guarantee of boxoffice (look at Rendition or any other struggling movie out at the moment).

    And for all that I'm surprised that Gone Baby Gone hasn't done better. The Miramax guy Battsek expected it to do a million better on its opening weekend, and the number of screens was only mid-range, but with its great reviews for a potboiler flick/airport novel I would think more was expected. But does that prove the point that a lack of known stars (and not supporting character actors) in lead roles resulted in a moderate opening, thereby justifying Miramax's lack of faith in it?

    It's held OK, but it's still going to be dead in a few weeks unless they re-release it at the end of the year.
    From: bmcampbe Date: October 29th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you that Michael Clayton is done very well for a film of its type. I think it is drawing an adult audience of 25 and ups. Thank God someone is making good films for this age range. I haven't seen Rendition but supposedly it is not a good film. I think that most people age 25+ are only going to go see a film that has good reviews. Adults these days are not going to go see a film just because certain popular "stars" are in it.

    Gone Baby Gone is another very good film that is done very well with great acting by all. Kudos to Ben Affleck. I am proud of him. I think word of mouth has been very good and it is slowly attracting an adult audience. It is very thought-provoking, even more so than Michael Clayton. I'm still hoping that box-office will hold for that one.

    What is the four quadrant audience?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 30th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
    Four quadrants is marketing demographics speak: male and female, old and young.
    From: bmcampbe Date: October 29th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As far as I can tell, Matt is the best in the business at balancing commercial films with more thought-provoking films. He needs to give classes to some other actors.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for the links!

    Felicity - thanks so much for the link to the final "Bourne Ultimatum" script. I read the 2nd draft and absolutely hated it - they turned Jason into a real loser and maniac. And in this version, Nicki turns out to be another graduate of the Treadstone Project, just like Jason. Which makes no sense after what the character did in the first two movies! The final script is soooo much better. And as stated before, the additional details were fun. Ans it was great to see that the Australians appreciate Matt! Glad they gave "The Good Shepard" an A rating too. It was such a good movie. -- About the "Sexiest Man ALive".. IMHO it's just so silly. Is Matt or Brad Pitt or George Clooney less sexy this year from last year? I don't think so. It seems to be all about who's career seems to be the hottest at the moment or who has the most movies out. The best thing they could do is just stop doing the whole thing altogether. Well, except I would like to see more magazines with Matt on the cover! -- Thanks again for all the great info! Take care, Cheryl
    From: bmcampbe Date: October 30th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for the links!


    I agree with you that the "Sexiest Man Alive" is all about who's career is the hottest. It is VERY silly but they will not stop doing it because that issue sells VERY WELL every year.
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: October 30th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    Fiancee? Was Matt really ever engaged to Minnie Driver? That's news to me.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 30th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    No, that was incorrect.
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