November 17th, 2007

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Harvey Milk project, various

  • A story at the Hollywood Reporter claims Matt dropped out of Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk project in mid-September, just after he was 'attached' to the film - details here.

    The Universal Pictures division had been in negotiations to come aboard "Milk" as early as this summer, but the dealmaking slowed down when Matt Damon, who was attached to co-star as Milk's assasin Dan White (HR 9/10), pulled out in mid-September due to scheduling conflicts.

    Focus had been counting on Damon's name to bolster box-office chances for the gay-themed period biopic.

  • Salon has included Matt in their Sexiest Man Living poll, including the following excerpts from a male perspective:

    Turns out Matt Damon is People's Sexiest Man Alive. I don't care: I'd still like to be him.

    Mainly that's what it is, why straight men like me perk up at that wide grin, the triangle jaw and schoolboy hair; why online speculation regarding a fourth mission for Jason Bourne gets us more click-happy than the tagline "NSFW"; and why, even when he's sharing the screen with the chillingly beautiful Franka Potente, not to mention the tepid Julia Stiles, it's Damon we gawk at in slack-jawed wonder.

    But I posit he's different from previous SMAs. Not that I've done any surveys, but I suspect he's the first who appeals more to men than ladies: While the women I know find Damon bland, for men -- well, for me -- he represents the movie persona worthiest of emulation.

    So the things I like about Damon -- that he's clearly smart but not preeningly so (as Clooney can be), that in interviews he's quickly clever and sly, that he appreciates a joke, that he is built -- are also the things I like about Bourne.

    So maybe it's the parts he plays or the way he plays them. I'm not fully sure, but either way, Damon's life comes to us as a thing of perfection -- he's a tough man who isn't overwhelmed by his physical prowess, whose real strength is his mind, and who, even when isn't doing nice things, can charm you to bits (see Ripley and also "The Departed's" Sgt. Colin Sullivan). Hey, what man wouldn't want to be that guy?

  • More details about the Red Sox DVD event that Matt is expected to attend in Boston on November 26 from here. Tickets can be purchased here.

    Sox players and alums, not to mention celebrity narrator Matt Damon and other Boston notables, will be on hand at the Wang Theatre on November 26th for the red carpet world premiere of the "2007 World Series Film". In addition to the film, there will also be a memorabilia auction with proceeds to benefit the Red Sox Foundation.

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  • A longer excerpt from Matt's letter to People magazine declining the Sexiest Man Alive award.

    The main problem for me in accepting an award like this is that when I do interviews they are to promote a project I'm involved with. So if the questions get too personal, I can always say, "Sorry, I'll pass on that one, I'd rather talk about Bourne 18: Jason Meets Freddy," or whatever.

    This interview would be to promote, well, me. And as shameless a self-promoter as I am, invariably the questions will turn toward things like fatherhood, and although this is my favorite topic in private (in fact, I rarely shut up about it), it would mean some extra unwanted attention on my little ones. I'm really trying to give them as little of the celebrity stuff as I can.

    So ultimately, I think you wouldn't get as good an issue as you might with someone else. I mean, who the hell wants to read an exposé about some guarded actor who didn't get the memo and keeps refusing to answer really basic questions?

    The point is, if you agree to participate in something like this then you have to have some fun with it and I just don't think I'd be much fun.

    Don't get me wrong, though. I was really shocked and happy (Lucy said I actually blushed) when I heard the news. So I can't thank you enough for that.

    You gave an aging suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime. My 9-year-old stepdaughter now thinks I'm cool – well, cooler – and although the rest of the world will remain in the dark about this, my wife now knows she's married to almost the sexiest guy alive. And that fact alone may get me out of doing the dishes once in a while...

  • More quotes from George Clooney in a Q&A at People magazine about Matt's win for Sexiest Man Alive.

    Q:How would you describe his brand of sexiness?
    A: The three sexiest qualities are both of his eyes and he's got a good smile. A good, wholesome, all-American smile.

    Q: What's special about Matt?
    A: He's smart as a whip, he's incredibly talented, he's the nicest, kindest actor and person I know. But all those qualities pale in comparison to his sexiness.

    Q: What about Matt as a father?
    A: He's phenomenal. He absolutely adores those kids. He's doing it really well.

    Q: Both Matt and Brad brought the kids to the Ocean's set, right?
    A: Yeah, it's funny Brad's got a baseball team. I wouldn't be surprised to see Matt have more kids because he seems very taken with it. It's great. They're all funny, smart kids and all those guys seem to do it well.

  • There's a Bourne Ultimatum feature at the Sun to promote the upcoming DVD release, including video interviews with Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles.