Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) re-team for their latest electrifying thriller in Green Zone, a film set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences.
During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.
Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth.
A "totally dressed down" Matt Damon was seen hanging out at the North Beach mainstay Cafe Prima Pasta Friday, according to a snitch. Damon discreetly hung back from the bar, drinking Heineken with a friend. Despite trying to enjoy an easy night with a male buddy, Damon, who is in talks with Steven Soderbergh to play Scott Thorson in an upcoming Liberace biopic, was "gracious and friendly with his fans, elated by the discovery of their surprise barmate, giving handshakes, saying hello, making small talk and giving hugs." The actor stopped in Haiti over the weekend to help with relief efforts from Hurricane Ike.
Sean McDonough's fund-raiser for children's charities raised an estimated $375,000 over the weekend. One well-heeled guest at Sunday's soiree at the Boston Harbor Hotel bid $25,000 to have dinner with Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, at next month's One X One gala in San Francisco. (And it wasn't Damon's dad, Kent, who attended the party with wife Celeste.) Other VIP guests included Olympic speedskater Dan Jansen, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, former CBS sportscaster Billy Packer, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.
Monday was another big day. Matt Damon stopped by the portrait studio to pose for photographer Raphael Mazzucco and talk to us about the big OneXOne gala. We chatted about the upcoming launch of OneXOne in the United States and the other reason he was up here, to promote the documentary The People Speak. Matt produced the film along with friend Josh Brolin--who also came by the studio to have his portrait taken. Matt's mom Nancy came along, and they stayed in the studio for a while before heading out to do more press and prep for the big night.
After a quick wardrobe change, we made our way to Maple Leaf Gardens and took our seats just as the OneXOne gala got underway. Our tablemates included fellow Toronto partyhoppers Donna Freydkin of USA Today, Carol Dittbrenner of TV Guide and Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly, as well as star publicists Andy Gelb and Stephanie Samson, who played a big part in organizing the event. Both Matt and Wyclef Jean gave moving speeches and an uplifting performance by the African Childrens Choir helped inspire the crowd to open their wallets and donate to the cause. We did our part by attempting to charm a guest into placing a bid on a guitar signed by Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia--opening bid $12,000.