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Matt Damon News Column

NY sighting, various

  • A sighting from People Online:

    Matt Damon, lunching with wife Luciana at Isabella's in New York. The star couple, who were joined by their daughters and three family friends, shared appetizers and some crème brulée – sent over compliments of the restaurant – for dessert. "Matt was absolutely adorable with his girls," a source tells us. "He was cutting up their food and being an amazing dad."

  • Author John Carlin discusses the Springbok jumper and the upcoming fim of The Human Factor, while the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has agreed to support the movie - from the Sun-Herald:

    The ARU is helping Warner Bros, which is shooting a movie called The Human Factor next year with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon as the leads. It focuses on the life of Nelson Mandela as South African president after the fall of apartheid and how he campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup as a way to unite his countrymen. Freeman plays Nelson Mandela and Damon will play the Springboks skipper at the time, Francois Pienaar. Clint Eastwood is directing. In preparation, Warner Bros wants replica Test jerseys made and has approached Canterbury to provide Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks jerseys historically accurate to the 1995 strips. The ARU has given the OK for the Wallabies jersey to be reproduced, realising the opportunity to promote the game.

  • Matt was scheduled to appear in both Milk and Revolutionary Road at different stages, but chose to have a break instead of act in Revolutionary Road, and filmed Green Zone instead of Milk. Both films are opening to very strong reviews - a reference to the Milk casting choice is at the San Francisco Chronicle:

    When a scheduling conflict made it impossible for Matt Damon to play White, the filmmakers forged ahead rather than wait for the Oscar-winning star. In December of last year, Josh Brolin was in talks to take over the role.

  • Another reference to Matt meeting members of Red Sox player Dustin Pedroia's family is here:

    A small town that Boston native and Red Sox fanatic Matt Damon would have gone to his grave without seeing if not for Pedroia. Last week, Brett Pedroia said Damon walked into the family's tire store on Main Street snapping photos of the baseball memorabilia on the walls and the sign out front that reads, "Congratulations Dustin Pedroia MVP."

    "He introduced himself," Brett said, "and I said, 'Oh my God, you're the guy who was in '(The) Departed.'"

  • The Talented Mr Ripley is at #39 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Sexiest Movies:

    39. THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999)
    A character is defined by what he wants...and what he'll do to get it. For Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), his greatest desire is to be as close as possible to Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), a layabout who makes everything — even tanning — an act of idle seduction.

    Sexiest Moment: Anthony Minghella's film is infused with old-world luster and sultry jazz, but when Tom and Dickie play a simple game of chess — over a bathtub, with Law naked inside — every move is an advance and a rebuff. Nothing that steamy ever ends well.

  • A quote from an interview with Will Smith here:

    Q: How do you get into character?

    Smith: A big thing I got from Matt Damon is music. Two hours before a scene, he has his headphones on and he finds pieces of music that take him to the places that he needs to be. He gave me about six or seven pieces of fantastic music. There’s the theme from Platoon, “Adagio for Strings.” I used that for The Pursuit of Happyness in the bathroom scene. I used in I Am Legend for the choking the dog scene. I used it in the final scene in Seven Pounds. I use picture and documentary films. Anything that can carry you to the space where you need to go. After awhile, you learn what things can take you to where you need to be.

  • Matt may become a board member of a new organisation designed to re-discover story telling - from the Times:

    Once upon a time storytelling was something we all took for granted. Now there are fears that one of the oldest human activities is heading for an unhappy ending as the incessant chatter of the internet, mobile phones, video games and multichannel television erodes our ability to cope with and create satisfying narratives.

    Hollywood veterans and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are so concerned that they have set up a $25 million (£17 million) “laboratory” to save the old-fashioned story.

    Matt Damon, who co-wrote his breakthrough film, Good Will Hunting, about an MIT janitor, is understood to be in talks about taking a seat on the board of the new organisation.

    At the centre, part of MIT’s Media Laboratory, engineers, inventors and IT experts will work with artists, directors, designers and local school-children to build storytelling “tools”. It will be based initially on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2010 it will have a second department 50 miles away at Plymouth Rock Studios, a film and TV studio that Mr Kirkpatrick co-founded. Plymouth Rock is investing $25 million in the project over the next seven years.
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