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Matt Damon News Column
  • Photos of Matt on the set of Green Zone in Surrey, outside London, on Thursday are at BauerGriffinOnline and PopSugar.

  • A memorial blog for Anthony Minghella is here, with remembrances by numerous colleagues and Ripley collaborators. Minghella discussed the impact of Ripley, and how it was his most personal film, in this interview.

  • An item at The Times indicates that Matt will be immortalised at Madame Tussauds.

    The waxwork of Matt Damon at Madame Tussauds is to have a camera inserted into its eye, with his vision projected on to a screen. “It’s to tie in with his films,” says a spokesman, inexplicably.

  • An interesting interview from Cannes last year is available here. It's a longer version of an interview which appeared in UK's Hello magazine, including:

    You couldn't save anything? [regarding the flood in his apartment]
    Actually I had a couple of first edition books that I cared about that were spared somehow. It was really weird.

    Why do you wear baseball hats so much?
    I stopped wearing baseball hats recently. I went to shoot in Tangiers and a friend of mine said, “No one would come out and say it, but in northern Africa they didn't like people wearing baseball hats.” They thought it was a little disrespectful. So I stopped and I haven't worn a baseball hat since. Before I wore a baseball hat everywhere because I'd just wake up and put the hat on. It was just fast and easier. There is stuff in my hair right now, but if there isn't stuff in it I don't like the way it looks so I just put a hat on.

    So you are done?
    No, I just got in the habit of not wearing it. I was in the habit of wearing them, but now I'm in the habit of not wearing them.

    Now that you're a father, what do traditional events like Christmas and New Year’s, etc., mean to you?
    It's changing because I'm going from being the son to being the father. So I'm starting a new tradition.

    What about endorsements? Are you open to things like that?
    (laughs) I was laughing about this today just seeing George (Clooney) promoting his espresso all over Europe. To me, he looks hung-over with a cup of coffee (laughs). But I don't know about doing that myself. I'm certainly not against it.

  • A final scan from In Touch magazine, thanks to Stacie.

  • 20 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    Ah, i was just at Madame Tussauds wax museum recently. Too bad Matt's figure wasn't there sooner. The museum is really awesome though. The figures are so life like that its kind of creepy.

    Thanks for the updates :)

    From: novice_41 Date: March 24th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    any GZ news around? wasn't there another vid supposed to be available
    on cbsnews?

    the news about Anthony Minghella makes me feel sad. he was such a
    great writer and ~ I would say ~ a marvelous musician.
    I loved the interview you posted. great. his passion and abilities in
    music are admirable. the way he sets the arrangements of music in his
    films is absolutely terrific. I listen to his film scores quite often.
    the TTMR score contains a lot of superb songs and even better tunes.
    even if you are not a fan of jazz you will go through it in a smooth

    that reminds me on a radio stream I heard long time ago... Matt talking
    about music of TTMR... well I searched a while... but I found it... give
    it a try if you like... pmpnetwork.com radio stream

    thx for the other interviews.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    radio stream

    That radio interview was terrific, thanks so much for that, novice 41!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 25th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
    The CBS video was meant to be available on 20 March, but hasn't appeared online yet (I presume due to the glut of other Iraq stories at present).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    I've just been reading and catching up on your site. So Matt's going to be a waxwork, an honour I guess. I've only been to Madame Tussaud's once on a school trip when I was about 11. Frankly, I thought it was really creepy, didn't enjoy it at all and haven't been back since; it's horribly expensive too (the Planetarium next door was a lot more fun). If I want to see waxy, dead behind the eyes celebrities I flick through my boss's Heat magazine; I may even spot a few real ones when we're in LA in September.

    There I was thinking he wears baseball caps to guard his privacy and all the time he's been hiding his bad hair days ;)

    I hope his little girls enjoyed the snow over this very cold Easter, and I hope you had a good one too Felicity. Thanks as always for a first rate site. Marcia

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 25th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Marcia. Late Easter best wishes to all.

    Just a comment on something I posted from the interview - one of the first edition books Matt mentioned being unharmed in the flood was probably from Ben. It was a New York Post sighting years ago just before Christmas that Ben was seen buying first editions of Cormac McCarthy books - right when Matt was about to be seen in 'All the pretty horses' (written by McCarthy).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "If I want to see waxy, dead behind the eyes celebrities I flick through my boss's Heat magazine; I may even spot a few real ones when we're in LA in September."

    LOL! So true. And the real ones you see in LA may look dead behind the eyes too!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    cbs news

    I dashed home to catch the news on the 20th, hoping to see Matt, but the network news was pre-empted locally for the NCAA basketball tournament. Since then, there's been such a glut of news with the stock market scare, Iraq, floods, etc, that I'd actually have been suprised if they showed it. After all, it's not time-sensitive, since the movie doesn't come out til next year, probably.
    From: novice_41 Date: March 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    not sure if it is new... just read it... and while we were talking about scores earlier... it's corresponding ;)...
    "Green Zone" Assigned To John Powell ~ also mentioned on his "UO" website
    he made the composion for the Bourne trilogy and U93 as well... no doubt ~ great film scores.
    looks like the cooperation with Paul Greengrass works pretty well.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    It's being reported as new today but Powell's been listed on the Green Zone site at IMDB for weeks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    congratulations, they are having another little girl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the info, but I'll have to delete the post if there's no source (ie the comment is speculative).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    London sighting

    Sightings from the London papers, 26 March

    The Sun
    Shame on MATT DAMON. The Bourne series hardman had the time of his life at DIRTY DANCING in the West End, tapping his feet to hit tracks at the musical. Then he abseiled on to the stage and killed five men with his bare hands...if only.

    Daily Express
    HOLLYWOOD star Matt Damon and his family at the West End's Aldwych Theatre, tapping his feet along to Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 27th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The Oscars has put video from some past winners up on youtube. You can see Matt and Ben's win for best original screenplay. There's also a brief, quite amusing clip from ITN of Matt talking about the whole Sarah Silverman incident, which was apparently made at the Empire awards. He plays it straight until the last few seconds. Just terrific stuff.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: video

    I've posted the ITN link previously and also one before to the Oscars clip (but this is the authorised version).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt on tv

    Was just flipping the remote and found that Matt was featured on the show "What it Takes" on Reelz channel Thursday. They sometimes show the same show several times over the course of a few days, so anyone who's interested and has access might be able to catch it. Some errors and omissions, but also some nice bits from old interviews.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt on tv

    thx for the hint...

    so most probably... as per schedule... 02:30 PM (PDT ?) (http://www.reelzchannel.com/listings/weeklyschedule.aspx) ... enjoy it ;-).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    This (not so serious) report claims the Madame Tussaud's waxwork of Matt will be unveiled on 2 April.

    From: novice_41 Date: March 28th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Waxwork

    whaHOOO!!! finally one more reason to visit London again! *fg*
    never visited the MT... guess that's scheduled now ;).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    How to get in contact with Matt Damon


    does anybody know how to get in contact with Matt Damon? An official Website, email, address of his public relations officer, ...? Please let me know!! I'll keep reading the column waiting for an answer.
    Thanks anyway!
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