Brumby asks Matt Damon to run for Labor
Victorian Premier John Brumby today received a ringing endorsement from actor Matt Damon - then tried to talk him into running for Labor in a by-election. Before tonight's Melbourne opening of his latest film, The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon took to the roof of Victoria's parliament house where he met Mr Brumby.
Asked if he had to meet a lot of politicians on his publicity tour, the action hero replied: "Some, yeah, very few as cool as John Brumby ... you know we democrats stick together."
Mr Brumby, who took over as premier last week, did his best to convince the Hollywood star to replace either former premier Steve Bracks in the safe Labor seat of Williamstown or former deputy premier John Thwaites in Albert Park.
"We're looking for a great candidate, you know - we democrats stick together - it's a very good seat (Williamstown), nice, seaside seat, safe seat," Mr Brumby said to Damon.
In response Damon offered up a potential campaign slogan: "My platform will be, 'I've never been there, but I hear great things'."
Damon's swooning fans happy
Flying solo may not make for a happy Hollywood dad, but Matt Damon's Sydney fans loved having the star all to themselves last night, at the premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum.
The Oscar-winner spent time signing autographs and posing for happy snaps outside the State Theatre, before joining VIP guests inside for the special screening.
With "The Bourne Ultimatum" vacuuming up money, the ultimatum now is - providing Matt Damon can careen on, the franchise must march on. This was to be the end of the line. Matt's even acknowledged that he's marching toward Social Security. But nobody pre-figured this to be such a blockbuster. None of the suits were prescient enough to tag this best of the three by far.
Difficulties in shooting it included the fact that, for whatever reasons, dialogue got sort of made up as they sort of went along. Not that this thing's heavy on dialogue. Barring grunts, groans and oofs and ughs, the whole hour and 45 minutes has maybe seven words. Maybe eight. Matt Damon never had to worry about his memory, just his muscles.
Anyway, this is to announce that "The Bourne Again" or whatever-the-hell their next one will be called is a done deal. Jason Bourne marches on.