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Bourne, Informant
  • Matt was interviewed for Extra and discussed Bourne 4 and other topics, including family and the Sarah Silverman video - a summary is at the Extra site, but the video is not online. Can anyone provide a better summary? There is a video of the Bourne comments, which are summarised at this site. Matt doesn't seem to believe that Bourne 4 will be released in summer 2010, as recently announced.

    Superstar Matt Damon is working on four new flicks that will open in 2009 -- but tells "Extra" his priority is his family.

    Damon and wife Luciana welcomed daughter Gia Zavala in August -- joining big sisters Alexia, 10, and Isabella, 2. "I am hopelessly outnumbered," Matt says of his all-female clan.

    Despite the sexual hilarity of the spoof video, Damon said his wife of three years is cool about the attention the song received -- and even has a t-shirt to prove it! "My wife is very cool," said Damon. "Actually, someone sent us a t-shirt in the mail that said 'I'm f**king Matt Damon' with a note that said, 'Dear Lucy, you're the one who can actually wear this!'"

    Matt Damon has revealed details of the next installment in the ‘Bourne’ film franchise, saying that he hasn’t signed on yet, but “everyone’s moving forward with the expectation that it’s going to happen.”

    “That movie is way, way, way down stream,” Damon tells ‘Extra‘ about the fourth movie in the series. “They’ve just commissioned the script.”

    “I think everyone’s moving forward with the expectation that it’s gonna happen but it wouldn’t come out for a few years.”

  • Jason Bourne is at #32 of Empire magazine's list of the Greatest Movie Characters.

  • A positive early review of excerpts of The People Speak is at The Guardian.

  • More quotes from Joel McHale about The Informant are at TV Guide and the Seattle Times:

    McHale's role as FBI agent Robert Herndon was "about as fun as it could be." What really stuck out about the experience was working under the direction of Soderbergh. "As large as his genius is, it's matched by what a great guy he is," says McHale. "There was no yelling on the set, no crazy hours, no neurosis. It was a great attitude on the set and he makes it so easy for the actors to do what they do."

    The movie, filmed mainly in Decatur, Ill., (where ADM is located), was what McHale calls his "first real role in a real movie," despite his smalls parts in films, including Lords of Dogtown. "Ultimately I'd like to have an acting career on film. That was my goal when I got [to Los Angeles] — but that doesn't mean I'm not having a ball at The Soup!"

    As far as working alongside Hollywood's heartthrob, McHale simply put it, "Matt Damon is a peach."

    Q: Everyone asks about "The Soup," but I'm more interested in your upcoming film, "The Informant" [due out next September].
    A: Thank you for asking! It's a serious story, but Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon — a credit to their brilliance — saw it as a dark comedy. It's like a nutty spy novel, but it's a true story, based on a book by Kurt Eichenwald. And it has to be true, because the twists and turns it takes are so outrageous that you can't believe it. Scott Bakula and I play FBI agents who are in charge of Matt Damon's character's case. Matt Damon is incredible.
    Q: Did they approach you? Did you have to fight for the role?
    A: I auditioned for it. I put myself on tape.
    Q: How did you find out you'd won the role? Did you do cartwheels?
    A: I was right in the middle of a voice-over session for an animated movie ("Open Season II"). I was on a 15-minute break when they told me. But then they said, "Don't tell anybody yet ... it's not finalized." So it's like, "Hey, you won the lottery but WAIT, don't tell a soul."

  • Matt may have been cast to voice a character for an English version of the Japanese animated children's film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, by Miyazaki Hayao, but there has been no formal announcement yet. The first report was from Ghibli World.com. The Japanese trailer for the film is in the report at AICN.

  • Gus Van Sant discussed replacing Matt in Milk at Canwest News Service:

    Van Sant admits Damon's loss was a "big let down for everybody, including Sean [Penn] and the money people."

    "To find a replacement for Matt was a bit of a wild-goose chase because there were a lot of usual suspects."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Great info!

    Thanks so much for all the updates. Loved the bit about the fan giving the "f**kng Matt Damon" t-shirt to Luciana, she must have a good sense of humor too. Am so glad that Matt said that turning Jason into another Bond-like character, where Jason would just be another agent taking assignments from some government agency is a no-go. He's so right! Even in Ludlum's books, Jason/David Webb only gets involved because the situation was personal. Anyway, thanks again for all the work you do keeping this updated! Hope you had a great turkey day (hurrah for any excuse to overeat!) -- Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 2nd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Back to London

    Matt's photographed on the set of Green Zone in London today - more re-shoots:

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