Aside from Ben Affleck’s immediate family, no one is more elated about the box-office success of "The Town" than Matt Damon. Ben’s good buddy told us he's "happy, proud, and not at all surprised" that Affleck’s new movie made over $23 million in its opening weekend. "I want to find out where the end zone is so I can dance," said Damon. We ran into the "Bourne" star Sunday at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he was among the VIP guests at a fund-raiser for the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation. Damon, who was there with his dad, Kent, said Affleck’s achievements are not insignificant.
Asked if he has any interest in directing, Damon said he does. “Sure, I’ve wanted to for years, but I keep getting wonderful offers from unbelievable people — the Coen brothers, Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood." ("Hereafter," directed by Eastwood, comes out next month.) McDonough gave Damon’s wife, Luciana, a special shout-out for letting the actor attend. "Luciana is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, but she gave Matt a hall pass to be here, so thank you," said McDonough.
They may have played enemies on a memorable episode of Will and Grace, but in real life there’s no animosity between Promises, Promises star Sean Hayes and Oscar winner Matt Damon. In fact, Damon is such a huge fan of Hayes, he even made a shirt featuring the Broadway star's face when he went to check out Hayes' Tony-nominated performance at the Broadway Theatre on September 18. After the show, Damon headed backstage to greet his friend and show off his hilarious T-shirt.
Question: Does he still have his “gang” of friends, whether his brother Casey, Matt Damon or Joaquin Phoenix?
Affleck: "Oh no, we’re still super close. I’ve seen the wonderful film my brother did about Joaquin, and Matt is always the first person who sees what I make. I rely on the astuteness of his judgement. Besides, I don’t know why he’s waiting to direct a film himself!”
Jackson Damon, 10, nephew of actor Matt Damon, meeting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady before the Patriots’ final preseason game, Aug. 30, 2007:
“I was very excited. My heart was beating really fast and I asked him for his autograph. He was really nice. I said, ‘You rock.’ He said, ‘That’s for you,’ and he gave me his wristband. I was thinking that I was going to tell my friends how really happy I was. He looks like Matt from certain angles. He gave me this and I’m going to wear it everywhere. He said, ‘It’s OK, you can get it dirty.’”