Matt Damon may have a little action star on his hands.
Though the handsome 36-year-old star of The Bourne Ultimatum, in theaters Aug. 3, didn't bring 13-month-old daughter Isabella to Wednesday's world premiere, he offered a hint of her at-home antics. "She falls a lot," he said. "She seems to do pretty good stunt work from what I can tell."
Luciana, still obviously uncomfortable on the red carpet, succumbed to photographers' screams for a fashion shot, but then ran sheepishly past reporters into the theater. Asked what she was wearing, Luciana turned her head away, leaving her escort to provide the answer: Versace.
Joan Allen, wearing Sonia Rykiel, said Damon "is more tired now, and his face just lights up whenever he even mentions his daughter's name. She came to the set, and I got to meet her. Just adorable."
English actor Joey Ansah plays the film's heavy, but said Damon kept things light on set. "Matt and I got hooked on Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions," Ansah said.
Damon proved his versatility on the red carpet by mimicking not only Ah-nuld, but also Borat.
Affleck threw his arms around Damon on the arrivals line and offered heaps of praise. "I've already seen the film, and it's the best one yet."
Advance word on "Ultimatum" is that it packs the same dynamic punch of the first two films, and Matt couldn't be happier about that.
"Yeah it is a huge relief," he told Billy. "We have a lot of really, really wonderful people who have been on these movies, and you know, we work pretty hard to get them there."
"Matt Damon Day ends in about four and a half hours," he told Billy, when asked if he had any big plans following the premiere. Billy wondered if Matt's wife, Luciana Damon, was aware of "Matt Damon Day."
"Believe me, we had that conversation before we came out," Matt replied. "I said, 'you know this is going to be a special night for your husband,' 'cause it is, you know."
"Is she showing you the proper respect on Matt Damon Day?" Billy joked.
"We'll see. I will get back to you on that one," Damon said with a smile. "I think I am positioned pretty well, so we will see."
But right now the only woman in Matt’s life is his wife Luciana, who was with him when he received the star and at the "Bourne" premiere.
"I’m really blessed," Matt said about his new life as father to baby Isabella. "I wouldn’t mind another kid or two and maybe down the line that will happen... it’s easy for the guy to say. I’ll see what I can talk my wife into!"
Surprising Matt Damon (in an ISAIA custom suit) at the L.A. premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum on Wednesday, Ben Affleck needles his pal about how slowly he was working his way down the red carpet. To the press, however, Affleck gushed about his buddy's film: "I've already seen it [and] by far the best, very good, very good movie."
Speaking proudly to crowds gathered at the world-famous landmark, the Bourne Ultimatum star made sure he thanked the most important people in his life - his family and his baseball team!
The actor told crowds: "This is incredible. I gotta say a few times in my life I've had these experiences that are just kind of too big to process and this looks like its going to be one of those times."
He added jokingly: "It'll probably sink in when I walk down this street in the middle of the night in about six months and see someone peeing on my star!"
Matt paid tribute to the people who'd always supported his career, thanking his mum "for giving me life, that was nice, and my wife for giving me a beautiful step-daughter and daughter".
He also told crowds how touched he was that they'd turned up for the occasion.
"I'm just thankful to you all for just taking a minute and sharing one of the biggest moments of my life, I'm thankful to all the people who came here and I'm thankful that the Red Sox are in first place!"
With a wildly effective musical score, the you-are-there camerawork and editing, and furious fights to the death that are twice as effective because you know that is Stiles being thrown to the floor and Damon twisting that knife, "Bourne Ultimatum" sets a standard and a template that will be hard to match. I can’t wait to see how Oscar’s Best Picture race unfolds come January when at this point we already have two major contenders in "Bourne #3" and "Hairspray."
A natural-'Bourne' diplomat
Director Doug Liman still has a friend in Matt Damon.
Back when they made "The Bourne Identity" together, Liman clashed with the movie's screenwriter and producers, who refused to work with him on "The Bourne Supremacy." Thus, Liman was replaced with director Paul Greengrass, who has also directed "The Bourne Ultimatum."
Damon refused to play favorites when we asked him which director he prefers. "I would be happy to just work with those two guys for the rest of my career," he told us at Wednesday's "Ultimatum" premiere in L.A.
"It gets forgotten that Doug was the visionary behind [the 'Bourne' movie trilogy]," said Damon. "He was the one that saw that audiences wanted a spy that they could relate to."