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New Kimmel skit, Bourne
  • Matt apparently filmed a new skit for Jimmy Kimmel's show in Miami last week. The air date for the skit is unknown. Details at the Miami Herald's Scene in the tropics blog.

    Sarah Silverman Sighting at Delano
    The wacky comedienne is currently filming a skit at the Delano for her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel's show. If you're in the area, check it out. It's bound to be more amusing than random Halloween stuff. Turns out Matt Damon was in the skit, too. Says a spy, "they were dancing around the Delano today, filming something."

  • Matt talks about Ben and their daughters playing together in this Italian interview, and Ben talks about Matt promoting Gone Baby Gone for months in this Spanish interview.

  • The upcoming Bourne Ultimatum DVD release will include a commentary by Paul Greengrass, amongst other features.

  • From an article at Time on producing partners Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy:

    Thanks to their money-in-the-bank track record, studios trust them, so Kennedy and Marshall manage to talk executives into some extraordinary things. Shortly before the opening of The Bourne Supremacy, Marshall got a call from its star, Matt Damon, who was on the Lake Como, Italy, set of Ocean's 12. Damon had talked with a screenwriter there and come up with an ending for Supremacy that he and the director, Paul Greengrass, liked better than the original, which left test audiences unmoved.

    "I said, 'Matt, the movie comes out in two weeks. What are you talking about? We're done,'" recalls Marshall. After hearing the idea, however, Marshall was convinced it was worth the risk, so he and Damon called then Universal chairwoman Stacey Snider and pitched it. "I said, 'I don't want to hear it,'" says Snider, who is now at DreamWorks. But she did. Damon recalls, "There was a long pause, and she said, 'S___, that's good.'"

    Snider ultimately agreed to spend an extra $200,000 to film a new ending, and within days Marshall secured locations and flew Damon from Lake Como for a reshoot. "As much as I adore Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, it was Frank who I could look at and say, 'Can you really accomplish this?'" says Snider. The movie tested 10 points higher with the new ending and made $176 million at the box office.

  • Update: A new press release about the Bourne Ultimatum DVD release claims there will be a commentary by Matt and Paul Greengrass - details here. (Initiially it was reported there wouldn't be a commentary track, then it was going to be one with Paul solo, so I suppose we now wait and see.)
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New ending to Supremacy

    Thanks for a fantastic site which I visit almost every day. I liked reading the bit from Time about the new ending Matt and Paul Greengrass came up with for Supremacy, but what is the new part? Did they come up with the part where Matt visits the girl in Russia to say he killed her parents or was it the part where he spies on Pam Landy and tells her to "get some rest?" I googled a bit to try to find more on this, since it's the first I've read about it, and unfortunately I've come up with nothing. Do you know any more on this?

    Thanks again for the great work you do on this site!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hope you don't mind if I answer this, Felicity.
    The ending they are refering to in that article is the bit when Bourne spies on Landy and tells her to get some rest.

    If you look on Youtube something like Supremacy alternate ending I think you could find the video that was suppose to be released but was dropped and for good reason.

    In that ending, Bourne is seen in hospital supposedly captured and talking to Landy, after which he manages to escape. I for one found that ending quite absurd and I'm really happy they changed it. Which goes to show yet again Matt talent in telling a story (he did win an Oscar for writing for Heaven's sake).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 5th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Theo.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 6th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Felicity, do you know of any good websites that can translate either the italian or spanish interviews? I'm dying to read them.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    Here's a good site that gives you a variety of translation engines. Google's best for the whole page translation, and Free Translation for excerpts.

    My translation of both quotes was too rough, so I didn't put it on the site. But if it helps:

    Matt's interview (similar to others) - on he and Ben being fathers (there's other quotes on Lucy talking to the girls in Spanish at home, and how they pick it up so quickly):

    "It is a truly phenomenal. Our girls are already friends, of course. We went on vacation together just to enjoy this miracle. Ben and I were amazed when we first held our Oscars for the first time, but if we knew then what was going to happen would we have believed it? Seeing them grow and change at the speed of light is incredible. And now they're walking already and saying "mother". I did not know; it is an indescribable feeling. It's like being a musician and getting the perfect chord on a guitar. How do you manage to describe the feeling when your child arrives with all its accompanying surprise, joy and total fulfillment?"

    Ben's interview:
    Q. Matt Damon keeps repeating that he wants to work as an actor under your direction.
    A. Matt is a good friend and he spent months promoting my movie like a lunatic [laughters]. He is one of the three readiest types of this industry, along with Terrence Malick and Kevin Smith.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 6th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks so much for the translation. I didn't think your translation was rough. You wrote english good. :D
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 6th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    As posted on the main update, a press release now claims Matt and Paul Greengrass have done a commentary for the Ultimatum DVD.
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