August 2nd, 2007
Cambridge homey Matt Damon says he’d like to be remembered as the guy who hit the homer that "won the Red Sox [team stats] their first World Series in 86 years."
"So what if I didn’t," the "Bourne Ultimatum" star jokes in People maggie. "If you say I did people would believe it. Everyone believes what they say in People."
Now that both boys are married and dads to baby daughters, much has changed - but one thing never does, their devotion to the Red Sox. So what if, God forbid, Matt’s daughter Isabella, grew up and cheered for another team? What would dad do?
"You mean before I disowned her, what would I say?" Damon joked. "There aren’t words for that kind of rebellion!"
Ben Affleck got a six-month headstart on Matt Damon in the fatherhood department. So when Matt welcomed Isabella in June 2006, Ben was all prepared to offer parenting advice.
"He marched into our house one day, plopped this toy down and said, 'This works.' He turned around and walked out."
Matt, 36, says fatherhood has definitely changed him for the better and is glad he waited to start a family as he "wasn't ready in my 20s." Now, he says, it all makes sense.
"You find this feeling that you've never had before. There are great moments, and it keeps getting better as she gets older."
Asked if he and wife Luciana are planning to add to their brood, which also includes Luciana's daughter Alexia, 9, from her previous marriage, the Bourne Ultimatum star jokes:
"We're not planning on following Brad and Angie's record-setting pace."
With these "Bourne" movies, we can all feel like we’re getting what we want: unless what you desire is Matt Damon grinning. He cracks arms, legs, necks, but never a smile. It’s hard to think of an actor better suited to playing this stuff with a straight face and the streak of human feeling that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, and Jason Statham are allergic to.
Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis would feel remiss if they didn’t wink. But Robert Ludlum, on whose books these movies are based, didn’t write for the megaplex. He wrote to keep you charged up on the plane. There’s no ‘‘Yippee-Kay-Yay’’ here. You’d have to go back to another Ford — Glenn — for Damon’s professionalism. But Glenn Ford was scarcely the athlete Damon is.
It’s not often that nearly 2,000 people burst into spontaneous applause at the sight of four men being brutally pulverised on the backstairs of Waterloo station. But such was the euphoria created by a recent West End screening of Paul Greengrass’s shamelessly propulsive The Bourne Ultimatum that those gathered, all well-heeled culturati, could not help but whoop loudly with delight when the first-act pursuit of the action-man protagonist Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) culminated in an unforgettably visceral bout of five-way fisticuffs in the bowels of the station.
In celebration of Damon coming to Boise, and in the name of research, I decided to re-familiarize myself with Damon's body of work. Oh, and what a body it is. After hours of watching Damon on screen in everything from The Bourne Identity to Stuck on You, I felt I was an expert in his speech patterns, walk and every inch of his face. I thought I was ready to look him in the eye and shake his hand.
Turns out I wasn't exactly as prepared as I'd hoped. He's better looking in person. He looks real. He stares intensely into your eyes when he's talking to you—and he is genuinely nice and down to earth. He gladly took photos with fans, he signed lots of autographs. And he answered all the questions of the press, without turning impatient or surly. I tried to ask him something different than all the other press lackeys on the line.
Q: Have you heard that NBA player Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics this afternoon?
Matt: That's very good news. Really? I heard it was just rumors. That's the best news I've heard all week.
And in response to that question, Damon cracked a big smile and genuinely looked happy. He looked like a die-hard Boston sports fan, just a regular guy. Which, after all the red carpets and movie premieres, he really is.