“So we came to California. And the kids love it, they’re very happy, and that’s the most important thing to me.”
“With four kids, it’s hard. When the kids were younger, it was all an adventure; you’d go on the road and they were portable and it was fun. But now they’re a little older and they’re in school and they have their lives – and their lives count as much as yours does. So, ultimately, if it’s Sophie’s Choice between your kids and a movie, that’s no choice at all.”
“When I was in my twenties, I wondered if I would ever be able to settle down. But I found the right person and it was like getting struck by lightning – literally, everything changed in my life. Now I find the prospect of being single terrifying. My life is so much easier because of my wife and my marriage. Everything makes sense.”
At the recent economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Damon was presented with an award for his work, and took the opportunity to lobby politicians. “This is my one passion outside of making films. It’s my other job.”
He left university before his final year to take a role in a TV movie, Rising Sun. “I’d love to finish the course but I don’t know that I could go back to Harvard now. Maybe if more people my age were there. But the idea of spending a few months where all you have to do is read books and write the odd essay is very appealing.”
“Art represents the very best things we have achieved. The Nazis were stealing it, and in some cases destroying it. They were obliterating works of art that were irreplaceable. The film asks us: 'What does art mean to us?’ At a time when the art budgets are being slashed in all of our schools – and in some cases, where it’s being cut from the curriculum – it shows us that art matters.”
Bob Balaban @BobBalaban
Getting ready to ditch real life and go on MMen junket in Berlin, Milan, London+Paris. Will keep photo journal to remind myself I was there.