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An amazing year
  • Matt had an incredibly successful year in 2007. Here's a summary of some of the highlights.

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    Film successes
    The Bourne Ultimatum opens at $69.3 million (August record), total world-wide box-office earnings to date $441 million
    Ocean’s Thirteen grosses $311 million world-wide
    The Departed wins Academy Award for Best Picture and grosses $289 million world-wide
    The Good Shepherd grosses $100 million world-wide

    Film festivals attended
    Berlin (The Good Shepherd)
    Cannes (Ocean’s Thirteen)
    Deauville (The Bourne Ultimatum)
    Toronto (Running the Sahara)

    Premieres
    The Good Shepherd (Berlin)
    Ocean’s Thirteen (Cannes, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago)
    The Bourne Ultimatum (Los Angeles, Boise, Oklahoma City, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Berlin, Deauville, Mexico City, Tokyo)

    Awards and titles
    Named by Forbes magazine as the actor who who generated the best box office performance related to their salary
    People’s Sexiest Man Alive
    #2 in Ask Men’s Top Man for 2007
    #21 on Premiere’s Power List
    #2 on Autograph Magazine’s list of best autograph signers

    Achievements
    Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Hand and footprint immortalised in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
    (Narrates Red Sox World Series DVD)

    Notable charitable causes
    Hosts OneXOne gala at Toronto Film Festival
    Visits Tanzania on behalf of One and DATA
    Participates in raising $9 million for Darfur charities through Ocean’s Thirteen events
    Promotes GreenDimes

    Quotes
    Frank Marshall:
    "He’s the greatest. You can see how down to earth he is. He’s so smart, he’s a wonderful, wonderful actor. He’s smart, he cares, he wants to give back. I can’t say enough. He’s just a great, great guy. There’s no baloney here. He’s a genuine, genuine, sincere human being and I love him."

    George Clooney:
    "He’s smart as a whip, he’s incredibly talented, he’s the nicest, kindest actor and person I know."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2007 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks. I tried to leave the personal stuff out.

    I've just accepted that this year probably will never be beaten in terms of achievements and popularity, and we're unlikely to see this level of success again. Until he directs his own film, probably/hopefully...
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for writing - it's always good to know who's out there.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 31st, 2007 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
    Fantastic look back at a real banner year for Matt, Felicity. Thanks for all your hard work this year, and Happy New Year to you and everyone else who visits here!

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    A very nice synopsis of the year. Happy New Year to all!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great post, Felicity! It's been a great year for Matt indeed, but I still hope his best is yet to come. Thank you for your tireless work in bringing us fans the latest news on Matt's career and here's for more to come!

    I wish you and everyone who visits this site a very full, successful, wealthy, happy and memorable 2008. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    Theo
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Tribute For Matt

    Thanks, Felicity, for the synopsis of Matt's wonderful year. I'd like to venture that I think it's just a harbinger of great things to come.

    Matt WILL win the Oscar for best actor one day for a non-action film role; TGS is a clear indicator of that, and we'll all get a chance to stand and cheer the accomplishment. Maybe, however, his greatest achievement beyond even that will be being a great dad and stepdad for the two girls and a great husband. He's one heck of a classy real (and reel) guy.

    Thanks again, Felicity, for your hard work keeping this site so useful and enjoyable. We can always count on you to get the scoop and keep us abreast of new events in Matt's career.

    Happy New Year to you, Felicity, and to all faithful readers and posters. May YOUR new year be as successful as Matt's 2007.

    I.B.
    From: hinzel Date: January 3rd, 2008 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Álex Spain

    Matt is the best
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