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Matt is named People's Sexiest Man Alive 2007
  • Matt has won People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2007, but almost didn't accept the title. Details from CBS News. The video of the announcement on The Early Show is here.

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    People staff writer Ericka Souter gave all the buzz behind the latest selection, on The Early Show Wednesday.

    She also revealed an unusual turn of events for People: When Damon learned he was chosen -- he turned them down! Damon wrote People a "fabulous" letter explaining that he doesn't normally talk about his personal life. He said he was blushing when he read that he had been picked. While he got a huge kick out of the nod, he didn't feel worthy, he said. "You just gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime," he wrote.

    But People persisted, and decided Damon was still its "Man." In fact, the letter ended up backfiring for Damon -- since it reflected all the things People's editors they love about him, including his "irresistible sense of humor," his dedication to his family, and his "heart-melting humility." Damon wound up giving People permission to reprint the letter, in this week's issue.

    People also talked to friends of Damon who'd held the title of "Sexiest Man." The 2002 winner, Ben Affleck, told the magazine what a great guy Damon is. And last year's winner, Clooney, joked with People that, while he's reluctant to give up the crown, he and Pitt have been campaigning for Damon for years!

    Meanwhile, who does Damon think should be named Sexiest Man Alive? In his letter to People, the actor suggested New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady's response? "Matt and I always argue about who's sexier!"

  • The photos above are from the People site, including this caption:

    George Clooney and Brad Pitt have shamelessly campaigned for him since 2001, but this year's winner was Bourne to the title. "You've given an aging suburban dad the ego-boost of a lifetime," Damon, 32, told PEOPLE, explaining why he couldn't possibly accept the crown – which perfectly demonstrates many of the reasons we chose him in the first place: irresistible sense of humor, rock solid family man, heart-melting humility.
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    bluekermit From: bluekermit Date: November 14th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, congrats!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ben also made the issue (and his page in the issue is previewed in the CBS video).
    bluekermit From: bluekermit Date: November 14th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the heads-up!
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    No, they definitely got it wrong on their site (at least for the moment).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As idiotic as all this 'Sexiest Man Alive' nonsense is, I'm happy he's won.

    Now I'm in a bind, dare I go out and actually buy a tabloid (I feel so dirty just thinking about it), will I ruin my principles for Matt? hmmm... Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    We know that buying Glamour magazine didn't work out well, but the photos inside look pretty cute (including one of Matt as a child that I don't think I've seen before).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The photo shoot (cover and inside photo) isn't new - it's from the Details magazine cover shoot in late 2006.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Getting into lather about nothing, this is the US version so won't even be published here. Dodged a bullet there. I have been known to flick through a tabloid or two at the hairdressers, but usually try and give them a wide berth.

    My sister works for one in the UK, most of the stuff they print is fabricated from one tiny bit of truth or throw away comment. Also filled with moronic celebrities selling their grubby little stories, ugh!

    You're up late Felicity :) Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You know what? As much as I love Matt, I'm really not feeling this. This sexiest man thing is complete crap, and I've always felt this way about it. Why would you portray a person as a piece of meat??? There's so much more to Matt than this and now all or most of the questions that he will be asked next year will be related to this. He would have been better of without it.
    But then again, who cares what a bloody tabloid has to say? Does that influence what I think about him and his talent? Not a chance...

    Oh well, I guess that now we won't have any more jokes from Clooney on him campaigning to get the title... :-)))

    Anything about the Kimmel skit?

    Great job on this site as always, so thanks a lot for all the news!

    Theo
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Congrats to Matt. Though it makes me squirm. It's all a bit of harmless fun. IF I was passing through an airport this week I'd pick up a copy - somehow I don't feel quite so dirty picking up trash magazines in airports!

    Thanks for all the recent updates Felicity - I haven't been around much lately. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Im really glad that Matt won, its great! I can see why he doesnt want it but its all in good fun.

    "the letter ended up backfiring for Damon -- since it reflected all the things People's editors they love about him"

    - exactly, its not just about him being sexy, he is just a great guy who's looks are not the main reason why people find him sexy.

    -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yay Matt Won!! I'm happy.

    'its not just about him being sexy, he is just a great guy who's looks are not the main reason why people find him sexy' EXACTLY Jess.


    -Cass
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well, this is about as funny as it gets. Matt, certainly in the top rank of younger American actors, being named "Sexiest Man". He's a pretty goodlooking dude whose personality and talent make him appealing. However, he shouldn't give up his day job of serious acting.

    The quotes in the article on eonline.com are hilarious. Congrats to Matt for his good humor and the good humor of his pals. I think they've got it all in perspective, and they all have my admiration for it.

    Congrats, Matty.

    I.B.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt is awesome

    He is a gorgeous man. I love him, he deserves everything great to happen in his life. Congradulations Matt... ")
    From: jennaz123 Date: November 14th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Finally!

    I gotta say, I'm thrilled that he was chosen at last. Like it or not, the "Sexiest Man Alive" title is a pop culture prize, and it only underscores what we've known all along.

    The fact that Brad and George have been "campaigning" for this for years only makes it a better story. What I love is the sense of humor he brings to it. His comments put this honor in the proper perspective.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 15th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree that these contests are stupid, but I'm still happy that Matt won!

    Mary
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 15th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    "the letter ended up backfiring for Damon -- since it reflected all the things People's editors they love about him""

    Oh,no, it didn't backfire. Matt Damon is THE smartest man in show business. There's no one close.
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