Matt Damon is on hand at the after-party wearing a skull cap, black sweater, and a jean jacket that we definitely don’t need to discuss. A reporter from InStyle starts in with the requisite, “Where do you most like to go on vacation?” questions. When he finally escapes, I ask Matt just how much he loathes the paparazzo. “Not at all!” he exclaims. “I’m never followed around in New York. As long as you don’t court the press, or go around dancing on tables or knocking people out in bars, the media leaves you alone.” [cough!]Like Ben Affleck? [hack!]
Harvard faculty members are still debating whether to give a vote of "no confidence" to embattled university president Lawrence Summers — but at least Matt Damon is in his corner. Damon, who dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduation, tells today's New York Observer, "I've heard whisperings that his remarks were taken out of context. I will say that when you're trying to encourage 18-year-old kids to exercise freedom of thought, it can be dangerous to remove [Summers] for doing just that." The Harvard honcho has been under fire since he opined that women may be less likely to thrive in the field of science due to innate gender differences.
As the faculty at Harvard meets twice a week to determine whether to give a vote of "no confidence" to embattled university president Lawrence Summers, Hollywood’s golden boy has tentatively jumped to his defense. Matt Damon, who dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue his acting career, told The Transom: "I haven’t read the transcript, so I’m not too comfortable giving my opinion on it. But I will say that when you’re trying to encourage 18-year-old kids to exercise freedom of thought, it can be dangerous to remove [Mr. Summers] for doing just that." The Oscar-winner had stopped by a special screening of Non Ti Muovere (Don’t Move) on Sunday, March 6, at the request of the film’s star, Penélope Cruz, whom he met on the set of All the Pretty Horses.