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Red Sox DVD, interview from Japan
  • Matt has narrated the DVD of the Red Sox's winning season, and is expected to attend the release event later this month. Details from the Boston Globe.

    Damon narrates DVD for his home team

    It took uber-fan Matt Damon less time to narrate the official "2007 World Series Film" than it took the Red Sox rolling rally to make its way through town. That said, the Oscar-winner puts in his time when it comes to the team. Look for Damon to be in Boston Nov. 26 for the DVD release party with Sox brass John Henry and Larry Lucchino and several members of the team.

  • Excerpts from an interview from Japan Today ahead of Ultimatum's release in Japan on Saturday.

    He likes to take his family with him, which is always a big challenge, he admits. "When you are single, you walk around protecting your heart. When you have kids, your heart goes inside them. Parental fears are stronger than any fear I have for myself."

    He already has four films in pre-production, including Clint Eastwood’s biopic about Nelson Mandela. "I like to do any kind of movie. It depends on the script and director. If I think I can learn a lot, I’ll try anything."

    Well, almost anything. He won’t make a movie where Bourne has to tackle James Bond. "I met Daniel Craig at the Cannes film festival. He keeps himself in very good shape, so I would like to avoid any confrontation with Daniel Craig if I can."
  • 3 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    The news about Matt teaming up again with Paul Greengrass to do Imperial Life has made my day :-D As I've said before I loved the book and I think Greengrass will do a wonderful job as director.

    His years of working in the UK on documentaries will really serve him well with this project. I would have liked to see Matt in the Harvey Milk project as well, but even he can't be in two places at once.

    Mark Wahlberg continues to rile me, first he replaces Ryan Gosling in The Lovely Bones (a fantastic book, if you haven't read it I do recommend it) and it now looks as if he'll replace Matt ugh!

    I've read a few articles in the press over the last few weeks discussing why ordinary punters are turning their backs on the latest crop of movies starring A-listers. A Mighty Heart, Rendition, Lions for Lambs and the Jesse James movie to name a few have all pretty much tanked at the box-office of late, I know it was discussed on here a bit but I'd like your viewpoint. You seem to have your finger on the pulse. Matt seems to be bucking the trend at the moment, I'd really like your opinion.

    Thanks also for the fantastic work you do on this site. Very much appreciated by me. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks again Marcia. I'm happy that Matt's doing Emerald City, but you know from the start that it's not going to be seen as a successful project. It's going to be attacking the Bush administration (bring back the anti-American chants), attract a small but hopefully vocal audience, and Greengrass will be criticised again for an outsider promoting his views on US politics. Possibly also very difficult to shoot (Pinewood in London and an external location such as Morocco or Dubai probably), in Paul's chaotic manner.

    It's going to be a lot of work for not many rewards, but hopefully a fun filming experience. But it's certainly not safe, so that's great.

    I'd still like Matt to do the Harvey Milk project, even if it's in a smaller role. Good to keep up the ties to Gus, and it could be a very interesting project.

    But none of these are blockbuster roles, and not roles to keep the public interested in Matt (which is fine and not the point, but...)

    I think Matt was fortunate that Bourne resonates with the audience and it's the combination of likeable actor with dreamboat role (perfect human fighting macho specimen) and enough mainstream action that makes the film work. It's impossible to tell what another actor would have brought to the project (Joaquin Phoenix says Casey Affleck would have been better than Matt in the role - who knows).

    I would like Matt to mix up his art projects with something vaguely commercial in the next year or so - it's probably not The Informant and may be The Human Factor, if they can reign in the schmaltz factor and make it mainstream enough.

    So I don't think Matt is bucking the trend, but was lucky to be in a successful movie franchise (that he helped by not compromising on any level, but that's only part of it). People don't even really remember that he was in Syriana, Departed or other films - it's only Bourne that they care about right now. And that's got to hurt (but almost every actor moans that they're not respected for the 'right' movies - or the ones they care about - from Errol Flynn to George Reeves).

    And yep, Lovely Bones is a great little book.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your opinion, I agree with much of what you said. it's sad that he doesn't stick in the public mind the way some other actors do. I loved Syriana and he's one of the best things in The Departed, but I guess I'm in a minority.

    I can't believe Joaquin Phoenix thinks Casey Affleck would have been better as Jason Bourne I think Casey is a very good actor (way better than his brother) but I can't see him as Jason Bourne. I tried to imagine Brad Pitt as Bourne, as he had had the role initially and I find it impossible to picture him in the role. The whole thing about Bourne is that he's supposed to be invisible and Brad has one of the most easily recognised faces of anyone on this planet if you walked past him in the street you'd look twice at him; even at the time of Identity he was a huge star and he's not the sort of actor that can blend in and disappear into a part and that's what the role required, he would have stuck out like a sore thumb and I don't think it would have worked.

    My view is that I'm happy for Matt to do the kinds of roles he's doing; they're certainly interesting and stretch him as an actor, and I guess for some actors it's not all about the money and prestige but about doing good work and hoping to connect to a more discerning audience, we may be small but we are here (he'll have to put the private jets and all the other paraphernalia A-listers can't live without on hold)! He may not get the acclaim of Pitt, Clooney or Di Caprio with the public or inside the industry but he's a way better actor than they are to me.

    Thanks again. Marcia
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