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People article quotes and comments

  • More quotes from the article in People magazine and Matt's letter from the Boston Herald.

    Sexy Matt gives props to QB/QT

    Reluctant sex god Matt Damon was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive yesterday, an honor he tried to defer to another local hunk, New England Patriots QB/QT Tom Brady]!

    "He’s like a taller, better-looking version of me anyway," Damon wrote in a letter to People actually declining the Sexiest honors. "Plus he's the best quarterback in the history of football. Plus he does terrific work in Africa with the folks I work with at DATA and ONE. Plus he might be the most genuinely kind person in the public eye. Plus he dates Gisele Bundchen who, needless to say, looks almost as hot as my wife in Victoria’s Secret."

    As impassioned as his argument was, it didn’t work. Damon is on the cover of the new People and has assumed the crown from last year’s two-time Sexiest Man Alive, George Clooney.

    And modesty too, apparently. Because here’s what the totally sexy, 37-year-old Cambridge homey, ex-Harvard man and new dad had to say about People’s props.

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    "You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime," Damon wrote. "My 9-year-old stepdaughter now thinks I’m cool - well, cooler."

    But, he added, "I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that this is a mantle I wasn’t meant to hold . . . Don’t get me wrong, though. I was really shocked and happy (wife) Lucy said I actually blushed when I heard the news so I can't thank you enough for that."

    Damon's "Ocean's Eleven," "Twelve" and "Thirteen" co-stars Clooney and Brad Pitt (another two-time SMA) openly campaigned for Matty to be this year’s coverboy.

    Clooney joked that he first realized that Damon was the man for the SMA "sash and tiara" when he saw Damon don that infamous green Speedo in "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

    "Not since Halle Berry coming out of the water in the Bond film has there been such sexiness," he jabbed.

    Added Affleck: "I’ve known Matt for 27 years and being Sexiest is the only thing he's ever truly cared about... For a guy like Matt, 4'1", 295 lbs. it’s a heck of an achievement. Congratulations, Matt! You did it!"

  • From a story at USA Today about how talk show host Jimmy Kimmel would enjoy being the SMA winner:

    Damon, who is the cover boy of People's Sexiest Man Alive issue (on stands Friday), might be a modest recipient of the title. "Who the hell wants to read an exposé about some guarded actor who didn't get the memo and keeps refusing to answer really basic questions?" Damon says, adding that the magazine might have a better issue with someone else on the cover.

  • Other original quotes and reports are at the Boston Globe, which also has a photo gallery of Matt through the years here, E Online, the New York Observer and another report at E Online, including:

    We definitely think Damon is adorable in a let's-go-to-a-Red-Sox-game-together sort of way. But sexy? We weren't so sure.

    That is, until we read the letter he sent back to the mag declining the offer. He opted to pass on the title because "it would mean some extra unwanted attention on my little ones," and "I just don't think I'd be much fun."

    Awww, our hearts are melting. He closes with, "I can't thank you enough. You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime."

    And with that, we are officially won over. Matt is the sexiest man ever!

  • The text from the People article is now available on their website, but only to subscribers here. Can anybody help provide some of the text? Thanks. Here's the first paragraph:

    Yes, George Clooney and Brad Pitt have shamelessly campaigned for him since 2001, but this year's winner was Bourne to the title. Named America's most bankable star by Forbes, the golden boy with the crooked smile is smart, charming and humble to boot. "You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime," wrote Damon, 37, in a letter to PEOPLE, explaining why he couldn't possibly accept the crown.
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