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Green Zone, Informant
  • An item from Who magazine (also likely to be in sister publication People):

    Matt gets his body set for a yo-yo year

    Matt Damon, 37, will push his body as never before in 2008. He'll work with Robert Severiano to be lean and strong for Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which begins filming early in 2008, then go plump for The Informant.

    "He plays a heavy-set older guy, so he'll stop training about halfway through the first movie so he's out of shape for the second."

  • Matt was named 'Sexiest Hero' of the year by People magazine - a report from the Boston Herald.

    Damon - who turned down the mag's "Sexiest Man" title earlier this year - was named People's "Sexiest Hero" because his "Bourne" trilogy proves he's "more than just a pretty face."

  • Universal's awards site has updated with the latest nominations and wins for Bourne Ultimatum, including a win for Best Film Editing from the Phoenix Film Critics, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Stunts.
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    bluekermit From: bluekermit Date: December 21st, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I really wish he wouldn't yo-you like that. The prep for Courage Under Fire should be enough for him to just say no to having to play with his weight and health - just stuff him with more clothes, and play with some make up, don't make our Matty risk getting sick again!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's Weight

    I agree whole-heartedly. After the dangers he encountered having made himself so gaunt for "Courage Under Fire", Matt needs to be careful. He's got a wife and kids to think about now aside from his own mortality. After seeing Travolta in "Hairspray", I say let them just pork him up synthetically. Listen to us, Matt. We want you around for many more years to give us great performances. Don't risk your life as your doctor told you after "CUF". But of course nobody listens to us!

    By the way, thanks, Felicity. It's got to be a lot of work to keep this site up, and it makes a lot of us happy. Best of the holidays to you. And to all!

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Weight

    I hope I made it clear by "porking him up synthetically" I meant add prosthetics and makeup as with Travolta. A little Hollywood "magic".

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 23rd, 2007 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt's Weight

    I know what you mean about porking up sythetically like John Travolta in Hairspray. I personally think that looks pretty fake. I think Steven Soderburgh will want a more real look for The Informant. It's too bad he can't film The Informant first since he has already gained a little weight since The Bourne Ultimatum so he's already on his way to being ready for The Informant. But I guess he'll have to do a little yo-yoing in 2008. It will be a lot of work.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Collection Rant, and Merry Christmas!

    Felicity, thanks as always for your wonderful web-site. I'm amazed at all the information you find, like about the Bourne Ultimatum sales & rental data. I'm happy it appears to be doing well. -- This leads me directly to my rant. There are at least TWO versions of all the Bourne series collections. The one being released here in the USA has a "Jason Bourne" passport, and another one being released overseas (at least in the UK), has a set of "David Webb" dog tags. As far as I can tell the content and extras are the same. I think this is cruel! Why didn't Universal have a combined release where you get both? -- Thanks for the information about Matt's upcoming movies. He seems sensible enough to have a doctor monitor whatever he's planning on doing to his bod, yes? I'm all for the make-up rather than pudgy! -- Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and New Year! Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    Hi Cheryl. I'm sure Matt will be careful about the weight gain, and his trainer has been involved from a very early stage. The issue of the weight must have been one of the "scheduling issues" that meant Matt almost didn't take the role - it must have all been carefully worked out with Steven Soderbergh as well.

    The crew for Green Zone is coming along well, and remain almost exclusively personnel from United 93 or Supremacy/Ultimatum. It shows what sort of film they're going for with the latest addition of Barry Ackroyd as cinematographer - a more intimate choice than Oliver Wood (Bourne films), with Ackroyd having done U93 and many Ken Loach films.

    Anyway, here's a review for the Region 2 Exclusive Ultimate Edition (2 Disc Set) which has that Nicky segment you mentioned earlier. Beware!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2007 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    The version I got included a special disc with old Ludlum interviews. As much as I enjoyed the books, and the gent behind the whole thing was interesting - it was far removed from the films and almost seemed as if they put that disc in there as a filler.

    Love the extra bits, deleted scenes, new beginning to TBS!

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 22nd, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
    All great info, and I'm in total agreement with everyone else about how appreciative we are of the superb job you do compiling all these stories and insights for us -- thanks, Felicity! -- and also share the concern everyone else has about Matt's yo-yo-ing fitness levels for these films. Thank goodness he has all the support and guidance he needs to do it right, unlike that scary experience he had starving and running himself into the ground for Courage Under Fire...but still, I really feel for the guy, about to get into fighting trim and then having to let himself go for the Soderbergh film. That's tough on the bod, and tough on the spirit, too.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: bmcampbe Date: December 23rd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You are right, Jeff. It is tough on the bod and even tougher on the spirit. But he was really pretty much a struggling young actor when he did Courage Under Fire. I'm sure now he can have the best doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers to help him mold his body into whatever role he is undertaking. I wish him luck. It can be hard to get it off. It usually takes a lot longer to get it off than to put it on. Especially the older you get.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Weight gain

    I agree with all the comments about not gaining too much weight. George Clooney had after movie problems with his weight gain after Syriana so I hope that Matt doesn't have similar problems.

    Happy Holidays to all and especially to our wonderful webmaster!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Weight gain

    Thanks very much and Christmas greetings and best wishes to all.

    I don't think this year will ever be surpassed in terms of Matt news, photos and positive press, but I'll always be thankful for this fantastic 2007.

    I'll post this separately later, but a closing present to end the year: Joey Ansah on a MSN UK podcast talking about filming Bourne and duelling Arnie impressions.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    On Podcast

    NICE! I enjoyed this interview - thanks!
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 22nd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On Podcast

    Loved the Joey Ansah podcast, thanks! :-)

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On Podcast

    Great podcast! Fun to get some inside dope on on the famous fight between Ansah and Damon. The question about who would kick whose butt 8is really hilarious. Listening to Ansah dance around the idea is a hoot. He's quite a powerful-looking specimen. They sure put on a great show in the film which is one of the big reasons people watch this film again and again.

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 23rd, 2007 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Weight gain

    I sincerely hope that Matt doesn't have any of the problems that George did when he gained weight for Syriana. Best of luck to him. It will be a tough 2008.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    NY photos

    New photos of Matt, Lucy, Alexia and Isabella in a chilly NY:

    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 22nd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: NY photos

    So cute!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2007 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    And more photos of Matt and Alexia in NY at WENN.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2007 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hello! Sorry its been a while since i commented, ive been so busy with college and christmas shopping etc. But of course ive still been reading.

    About the weight fluctuations for the movies, I think Matt knows what he's doing. Hes probably not going to do anything that drastic with his weight that it is going to cause any issues. I've always thought that he looks better when he has a little meat on his body.

    The pictures of Isabella were sooo cute.

    It figures that matt would be in new york city now when i was just there 1 month ago, not that i probably would of seen him, but thats just my luck.

    Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have done on this site all year. It has been a good year for matt and it seems like there was more news and pictures this year than any other. You do the best job and i dont know how you always stay so on top of things. I hope you and everyone else has a great Holiday and a happy new year!

    -Jess :)
    From: bmcampbe Date: December 23rd, 2007 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    I got my Entertainment Weekly in the mail today. They named Youth Without Youth as the #1 Worst Movie of the Year. But I still don't think that it will do anything to hurt Matt. He has had a year that many actors around the world would give their right arm for. And I don't see it slowing down at all. Nobody will even remember he was in this film. It's just a tiny cameo from what I read and few people will even see the film anyway. I think the blame will go on Francis Ford Coppola.
    From: bmcampbe Date: December 23rd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    There's even more new pics of Matt and Isabella in NYC that were just put up on Just Jared.
    jjthomas10 From: jjthomas10 Date: December 23rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As much weight as Matt lost for Courage all those years ago, it seems to be forgotten how much he bulked up for Private Ryan. He was up to 188 pounds for that movie. We'll see how Cruise does with his fat suit and bald cap for whatever movie it is he's doing to know whether gaining real weight is, or is not, the right thing for Matt to do for "The Informant".
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