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Harvey Milk project, various
  • A story at the Hollywood Reporter claims Matt dropped out of Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk project in mid-September, just after he was 'attached' to the film - details here.

    The Universal Pictures division had been in negotiations to come aboard "Milk" as early as this summer, but the dealmaking slowed down when Matt Damon, who was attached to co-star as Milk's assasin Dan White (HR 9/10), pulled out in mid-September due to scheduling conflicts.

    Focus had been counting on Damon's name to bolster box-office chances for the gay-themed period biopic.

  • Salon has included Matt in their Sexiest Man Living poll, including the following excerpts from a male perspective:

    Turns out Matt Damon is People's Sexiest Man Alive. I don't care: I'd still like to be him.

    Mainly that's what it is, why straight men like me perk up at that wide grin, the triangle jaw and schoolboy hair; why online speculation regarding a fourth mission for Jason Bourne gets us more click-happy than the tagline "NSFW"; and why, even when he's sharing the screen with the chillingly beautiful Franka Potente, not to mention the tepid Julia Stiles, it's Damon we gawk at in slack-jawed wonder.

    But I posit he's different from previous SMAs. Not that I've done any surveys, but I suspect he's the first who appeals more to men than ladies: While the women I know find Damon bland, for men -- well, for me -- he represents the movie persona worthiest of emulation.

    So the things I like about Damon -- that he's clearly smart but not preeningly so (as Clooney can be), that in interviews he's quickly clever and sly, that he appreciates a joke, that he is built -- are also the things I like about Bourne.

    So maybe it's the parts he plays or the way he plays them. I'm not fully sure, but either way, Damon's life comes to us as a thing of perfection -- he's a tough man who isn't overwhelmed by his physical prowess, whose real strength is his mind, and who, even when isn't doing nice things, can charm you to bits (see Ripley and also "The Departed's" Sgt. Colin Sullivan). Hey, what man wouldn't want to be that guy?

  • More details about the Red Sox DVD event that Matt is expected to attend in Boston on November 26 from here. Tickets can be purchased here.

    Sox players and alums, not to mention celebrity narrator Matt Damon and other Boston notables, will be on hand at the Wang Theatre on November 26th for the red carpet world premiere of the "2007 World Series Film". In addition to the film, there will also be a memorabilia auction with proceeds to benefit the Red Sox Foundation.

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  • A longer excerpt from Matt's letter to People magazine declining the Sexiest Man Alive award.

    The main problem for me in accepting an award like this is that when I do interviews they are to promote a project I'm involved with. So if the questions get too personal, I can always say, "Sorry, I'll pass on that one, I'd rather talk about Bourne 18: Jason Meets Freddy," or whatever.

    This interview would be to promote, well, me. And as shameless a self-promoter as I am, invariably the questions will turn toward things like fatherhood, and although this is my favorite topic in private (in fact, I rarely shut up about it), it would mean some extra unwanted attention on my little ones. I'm really trying to give them as little of the celebrity stuff as I can.

    So ultimately, I think you wouldn't get as good an issue as you might with someone else. I mean, 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?

    The point is, if you agree to participate in something like this then you have to have some fun with it and I just don't think I'd be much fun.

    Don't get me wrong, though. I was really shocked and happy (Lucy said I actually blushed) when I heard the news. So I can't thank you enough for that.

    You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime. My 9-year-old stepdaughter now thinks I'm cool – well, cooler – and although the rest of the world will remain in the dark about this, my wife now knows she's married to almost the sexiest guy alive. And that fact alone may get me out of doing the dishes once in a while...

  • More quotes from George Clooney in a Q&A at People magazine about Matt's win for Sexiest Man Alive.

    Q:How would you describe his brand of sexiness?
    A: The three sexiest qualities are both of his eyes and he's got a good smile. A good, wholesome, all-American smile.

    Q: What's special about Matt?
    A: He's smart as a whip, he's incredibly talented, he's the nicest, kindest actor and person I know. But all those qualities pale in comparison to his sexiness.

    Q: What about Matt as a father?
    A: He's phenomenal. He absolutely adores those kids. He's doing it really well.

    Q: Both Matt and Brad brought the kids to the Ocean's set, right?
    A: Yeah, it's funny Brad's got a baseball team. I wouldn't be surprised to see Matt have more kids because he seems very taken with it. It's great. They're all funny, smart kids and all those guys seem to do it well.

  • There's a Bourne Ultimatum feature at the Sun to promote the upcoming DVD release, including video interviews with Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 17th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Excellent male perspective on Matt's appeal. I know my male friends have a sort of *man-crush* on him.


    From: sunnysanstar Date: November 17th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have a very hard time believing that Hollywood Reporter article. I don't think Matt would attach himself & then quickly detach himself from one of Gus' films. And if he did have scheduling conflicts, I can't imagine he would make any promises about being in the film.

    I'm loving on that picture. It's so well photographed, & not just because of it's center focus. :b
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, it's strange. At Deauville Matt said he was definitely in the film in a small role. It was a few weeks later before any of the trade papers attached him to the film (to a large role), but not in a definititve way.

    But then Matt's also wavered on being in the Greengrass film - in, out and then back in. It's a fluid situation I suppose and things keep changing (start dates, schedules, locations).
    From: bmcampbe Date: November 19th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think Matt was totally kidding about his wife putting her foot down and telling him he needed to take some time off. I'm sure that came into play also in his "scheduling conflicts".
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 19th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    He's been taking time off since August (til January) around the Bourne publicity. The break was always from September to December.

    "Scheduling conflicts" refer to when Emerald City would start, and if it would be completed by April.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 17th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Catching up after being away for the last couple months

    Been busy a lot lately and haven't made it here daily as I do most of the time, so here's a list of some of the news items from the last couple months that I enjoyed the most as I caught up over the last day or so...


    The article by the journalist who was an acquaintance of Matt’s in Boston early in his career

    Matt’s story about Casey calling him for hours at a time to think aloud about the “Jesse James” script

    Marcia’s and I.B.’s lovely comments about the appeal of the Bourne films to women (as well as other audience members)

    The YouTube clips of the crazy Japanese cooking show

    The account from Time magazine about Matt’s 11th-hour idea for a new ending to Bourne Supremacy

    The news that Matt is confirmed for Paul Greengrass’ Imperial Life in the…er, I mean, The Green Zone, or whatever it's called now

    Your analysis, Felicity, of Matt’s current appeal to the moviegoing public in the wake of the Bourne Ultimatum juggernaut and his upcoming film choices, in response to a question posed by Marcia

    Matt’s humorous aside that he’d like to avoid Daniel Craig now that he’s met him and has seen how fit he keeps himself

    From the Boston Herald: “Reluctant sex god Matt Damon…” (HA!)

    ...and today’s quote from the male Salon contributor about the appeal of People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2007 to men.

    Speaking of that dubious tabloidy distinction, when I saw the news online earlier this week that People went with Matt for their SMA, I was glad for him, but most of all I just thought it was a hoot. I mean, Matt and his friends George, Brad, Ben and others have for years been making sport of the SMA “honor” and in so doing turned it into an ironic A-lister rite of passage for those in on the joke. So I didn’t have any concern about it, I just enjoyed the fact that now Matt can join the club and put it behind him -- well, apart from the inevitable razzing he'll get from George and Brad for being selected only once, that is. It’s just a lot of fun. And Matt’s handling of the whole matter -– most notably his rejecting the title initially, and then giving his consent for People to print his characteristically smart, witty letter –- has been pitch-perfect and shows how ably he’s come to master the art of navigating his way through our celebrity-obsessed, media-driven culture with his dignity and personhood fully intact, even when said culture shines its white-hot spotlight on him from time to time. Well played, sir!

    BTW, a while back someone said they heard that Matt's name might be listed in the closing credits of Gone Baby Gone among the people director Ben wanted to thank. I just wanted to say it was, and that I thought it was both touching and telling that of the 30 or so names Ben listed in his "thank you" message, the first two were, in order, Jennifer Garner and Matt Damon. Nice.

    Speaking of thanks, Felicity, you are a rock star. Thank you so much for all you do for us Matt fans! It's appreciated more than you know (and certainly more than my recent visiting history would attest ;-).

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City

    P.S. - The pic you used in your November 15th post about the SMA brouhaha, showing Matt in sunglasses waving to fans outside of the Letterman show? Definitely one of his hottest shots in recent years, and way better than the one People selected for their current cover. Thanks again!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 17th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching up after being away for the last couple months

    And thanks to you Jeff for caring about the articles and taking the time to read (and then remember) them.

    Always good to have you around the site when you can make it. And I really appreciate your kind and wise comments.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching up after being away for the last couple months

    Hi Jeff, loved your comment, you put so succinctly what I've so enjoyed about this site over the last few months, though I can't agree with your comment about the People cover, as much as I love that shot outside the Letterman show, the sunglasses hide his beautiful blue eyes and for me that's a large part of his appeal.

    Felicity has no equal, and I would like to think Matt has heard good things about this site.

    Good to have you back, and I look forward to reading your comments in the future. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching up after being away for the last couple months

    Thanks for the kind words, Jeff. Good to see you back and good to get the benefit of your considered comments.

    Rock On! (or is that "Rap On"?)

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: November 24th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Catching up after being away for the last couple months

    Hee! Thanks, I.B., Marcia, and Felicity for the warm welcome back. :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
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