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More from the Empire Awards, various
  • The official Empire site has updated with extensive coverage of the Awards. This includes videos, photos, a blog of the night's events, and the acceptance speech by Matt and Paul (complete with 'loser' sign - read the Empire blog for reference).

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    Paul Greengrass
    "Well, it's excellent to get the consolation prize. It was actually quite a hard film to make this one, Paddy will remember that it was a bit of a nightmare to get Matt out of his trailer in the morning. He struggled with the lines to be honest, it was quite easy because he was an amnesiac, but we did struggle. It wasn't until after the film came out that we realised that he was stuck in that trailer all the time because he was fucking Jimmy Kimmel as well. So without more ado, I salute you."

    Matt Damon
    "Alright that's fair, so thank you. First of all, I knew she had a video camera but I never thought she was going to show him and I didn't know he was going to show everybody. It's a little uncomfortable and my wife's here so that's awkward.

    "I really do want to say thank you, it really did say The Bourne Ultimatum in here so that's terrific, I want to say thank you to the readers of Empire because I don't get many awards and I don't get nominated for a lot of awards but when I do I tend to lose out to more younger, talented, better-looking guys like James McAvoy. I'm three eighths Scottish, so anyway.

    "No seriously, thanks very much for including us. I'd also like to salute the one-time loser Paul Greengrass over there, my friend who got out-directed by the other guys in the category he was nominated for."

  • Matt also (jokingly) talked about losing to James McAvoy here:

    Matt also denied he came because he knew he was going to pick up an award. He joked: “If I had known I was going to suffer the injustice of being smoked out by [James] McAvoy, do you think I would have shown my face in public? Not a chance.”

  • And Matt was given a present by Sky to make up for his loss:

    His flick, The Bourne Ultimatum, did win best film, but we reckon the director swiped the award for his mantlepiece, and thus we wanted to give Matty-boy a souvenir of his trip to remember his time - and us, of course - by.

    The prezzie we gave him was a London red bus key-ring, and may we say that Mr D was mighty chuffed, and told Sky Showbiz: "Thank you so much, the sad thing is I will actually use this."

    Not "sad", Matt. Cool. Very, very cool.

    Sadly, the Hollywood hunk didn't have a victory dance prepared for when he popped up onstage to collect the award.

    He told us: "I don't, and that's probably a good thing for everybody here - not to see me dance."

    "I've been doing a dance with my daughter where she shakes her booty, so maybe I'll do a booty shake."

    Aww, Matt, you're such a sweetheart.

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  • Matt discussed working around his children's timetables here:

    Damon, 37, told the media Sunday that he'd "love to come" to London and do a play, "but at the moment I am Daddy and I have to make sure I work around the family and the time the kids are getting up and going to bed — everything revolves around them."

  • If anyone watched the Empire Awards show on TV, please post your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Matt discussed the Sarah Silverman/Kimmel videos here and here, with a spoof response also available on YouTube here.

  • Another CBS video from the set of Green Zone is available at CBS News or YouTube. Actor Sean Huze on his MySpace page says there will be a total of three videos. Matt talks a little more about Green Zone to the BBC.

  • A post at IMDB is seeking hundreds of extras for Green Zone filming in London, scheduled from 25 March.

  • An interview with Scott Adkins from Bourne Ultimatum is re-posted here.

    You worked on one of the biggest films of 2007 The Bourne Ultimatum. What was the experience like working on such a high profile movie?

    Adkins: It was strange to be honest. I auditioned for the part on a Thursday, was told I had the job on Saturday and was flying off to Madrid on the Sunday. I didn’t know what the role was or what it really entailed and I found myself filming the first shot without having even met Paul Greengrass yet. It was a great experience though and I’m happy to be a part of such a successful franchise, even if it is only small. I can’t say enough about Matt Damon, he was extremely down to earth and a consummate professional.

  • A nice post on Matt and Lucy's baby news from Lainey's Gossip.

  • The Boston Herald notes the different approaches of ONE spokesmen Matt and Tom Brady to their promotional water campaigns.

    We can’t help but notice that Cambridge homey Matt Damon went to Africa with Bono’s ONE organization and came back to start H2O Africa, a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to impoverished African villages.

    New England Patriots Tom Brady went to Africa with Bono’s ONE organization and signed up to endorse SmartWater to the tune of $3 million!
  • 6 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    We caught the last 30 mins, which is when Matt and Paul were given their 'condolence' awards. They seemed to be seated right at the back as it took ages for them to work their way to the front; the tables were really packed together.

    They were so funny, Paul spoke first and really enjoyed himself making fun of Matt, they obviously have a great friendship, Matt was so sweet and self-deprecating, we Brits love a good loser.

    Matt's speech was really funny, I loved they way he milked the audience for sympathy when saying he'd never won any awards, not once but twice getting lots of 'ahhhhs' from his fellow actors, and traded on being 3/8ths Scottish in an affectionate dig at James Macevoy. The audience really responded well to them both. Matt looked just gorgeous by the way.

    There were a couple of shots of Matt, Lucy and Paul at their tables. Lucy looked lovely smiling all the time, I hope she isn't suffering too much with morning sickness.

    From Matt's lips to God's ears, I really hope he will one day be able to appear again on the London stage. I guess I'll have to wait though as his growing family clearly take priority, and yes I would pay money to see him do a 'booty' dance with his 15 month old. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 11th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Marcia - great summary of a fun-sounding night. And Isabella is 21 months old today!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
    She's nearly two already! Where does the time go. My math (as the Americans say) is and has always been awful. M
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 11th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Empire Awards footage

    There's footage of Matt being interviewed on the red carpet and accepting the award with quick shots of Lucy in the audience at the SMH website. Look for the multimedia section (currently at top right of page).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    wow... don't know where to start with all the news...

    it's all great and hilarious to read...
    the P J M combo has a delightful sense of humor... that's terrific.

    well and all the baby news and comments around the world :-P...
    nice very nice.

    the videos are fun and quite interesting... nice to get piece by
    piece more information about the GZ movie.

    so followed the casting call? *fg*

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I went to the awards, well the arrivals bit and saw Matt. Again, he was good with the crowd, signed loads of things and posed for pics. I loved his speech which I watched on tv when I got home- the bit about him thinking Paul G was checking his blackberry really made me laugh, it was a completely natural moment. I have a few pics, not sure if I can link to them here but wanted to share them with you. Already posted on his imdb board but in case you don't read it...


    Was a bit too close for me to get him in focus!

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