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Triathlon, Informant
  • Matt participated in the Escape to Miami Triathlon on Sunday with family and friends. A video and photos are at the Miami Herald.

    Film star Matt Damon participated in the running portion of the race as a member of a relay team along with his stepfather Jay Jones and family friend Barry Hetherington.

    ''My brother talked me into it,'' Damon said.

    Kyle Damon, an Ironman-hopeful who is in training for an Arizona competition in November, finished 27th on Sunday with a time of 2:23:40.

    Matt was greeted at the finish line by wife Luciana Bozán Barroso and newborn daughter Gia after finishing his 6.2-mile leg in 59 minutes and 54 seconds.

    'I was doing this movie this summer where I had to put on all this weight and my brother told me, 'October 5, save the date,'" said Damon, who in recent months has wrapped filming on soon-to-be-released projects Green Zone and The Informant.

    An avid boxer, Damon has been known to stay in shape between movies by sparring in the ring. When asked after the race if he was ready to trade in his gloves for a pair of running shoes, Damon replied, "I don't think so. I knew I was in trouble when the old guy with the oxygen tank passed me."

  • More lovely comments from Joel McHale about Matt at the Palm Beach Post. Note that Negro Modello is a Mexican beer.

    Q: You recently worked with Matt Damon in the upcoming film The Informant. Tell us a dirty little secret about Matt you learned while on set.
    A: He's a nice guy.
    Q: Oh, c'mon, that's not interesting.
    A: (laughs) I'm sorry that being a nice guy isn't interesting, Mr. Star Magazine Guy. But he really is. That's why he's such a huge A-list star. He's great to work with, he's an incredibly smart guy and he doesn't do anything to call attention to himself other than cranking out awesome movies. I tell ya what — he likes Negro Modello. There's your dirty little secret.

  • Here's a link to a new magazine for OneXOne, produced for the recent Toronto event, which includes articles by Matt and Ben.

  • Actor Christian Slater discussed his favourite spy movies with the Wall Street Journal:

    Mr. Slater says he watches the films of the Bourne franchise, starring Matt Damon as an amnesiac spy tracking down his real identity, "all the time." He adds, "The integrity that they've been able to maintain with those scripts and that character has been fantastic."

  • Greg Kinnear discussed Green Zone in an article at Time.
  • 12 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 6th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for all the info

    Hi, Just wanted to say thank you for all your work in keeping this site updated. It was great to read "all the love" from Matt's co-stars. -- Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 7th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Thanks for all the info

    Thanks Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Isabella is quite a beauty!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 8th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    I know there are various sites which have photos of baby Gia in her carrier on Sunday outside the restaurant. Please don't post any links to these sites. I'm sure she wasn't meant to be photographed and she's just too young to get caught by the paparazzi and exploited by a photo agency.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Your comments on Sarah Palin

    Dear Mr. Damon - I found your comments on Sarah Palin sexist and offensive. How dare you disparage Hockey moms. Who do you think you are? You're nothing but a street kid from Boston. Let me tell you something Mr. Sexist. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men to run this country. And I would trust Sarah Palin to protect my interest before I would ever trust a corrupt egotistical brat like you. If you Mother had raised you right we would have never heard something like this from you. You are now boycotted from home and pocketbook. Maybe the next time you get asked about someone's Mom you should remember that you weren't born in a barn Mister. I can't wait to see how your brat turns out in 20 years. I'll be looking.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 14th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Your comments on Sarah Palin

    These people are funny.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Your comments on Sarah Palin

    Every time we've visited the US the people have been lovely, on our last visit in September we had the best time. They were warm, friendly and couldn't do enough for us, not just at the places we stayed but literally everyone we met.

    They were intelligent, funny and self-depracating, and a lot of them did agree with Matt, and even those who didn't felt he was entitled to his opinion. I choose to think that is how the vast majority of American's are. The above comment is just beyond silly. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 14th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    I'm still stupidly upset by the crude comment on my site that I just found attacking my spelling (which was correct for my country). If people out there can't recognise that citizens of different countries spell the same words differently, there's very little hope at any form of mutual understanding. I give up.

    I'm overwhelmed at the moment by the people on messageboards, of various sites, who spill vile, narrow-minded and xenophobic views so willingly. Comments just like this one that seek to shred liberals or people who speak out about anything contrary to an individual's own opinion (ie Matt's so-called attacking of small towns, women, dinosaurs, religion). Any comment is twisted to verify any individual's insular opinion and ignorance continues unabated. I fear for everybody's future.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Your comments on Sarah Palin

    "I choose to think that is how the vast majority of American's are"

    Yes, you are correct. The majority of Americans are the way that you describe.

    This other person that keeps making these comments is voicing his or her own personal comments. I don't know why they are wasting their time on an actor's fansite with their extreme opinions but I certainly hope that all you non-Americans know that this person does not represent me or most other Americans.

    It is going to be a very close election. McCain and Palin have just as many fans as Obama and Biden. Emotions are getting higher and higher as the election gets nearer. You may see more political comments for the next few weeks. I think people are just looking for a place to vent their emotions.

    If Matt chooses to get more and more politically vocal then he will have consequences to that. It's his choice. He has a right to speak his opinions but people with opposite viewpoints will strike back at him in various ways.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 15th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    This has all gotten so predictably boring that it's tiring, when it doesn't seem anyone any longer will know what predictable is...

    It sure has become obvious this site is biased and "controlled". There is little care left.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 15th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: comments

    If you are the person whose comments I keep deleting - email me and we'll discuss it. My email address is at the top of the page in the user info section.

    If your comments weren't so slighted I would keep them, but they contain content which I find objectionable, so that is why they have been deleted.

    Also, this is an unofficial fan site which I maintain to present news and information about Matt. I have no contact with Matt or his staff and can't perform requests or favours. I am a nobody in Australia.

    Edited at 2008-10-15 04:01 am (UTC)
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