Get ready to see a very different Matt Damon when "The Informant!" opens Sept. 18. That's the word from Scott Bakula, who plays one of the FBI agents to whom Damon's real-life corporate whistle-blower character tells all.
"Matt's work is extraordinary," declares Bakula. "He just became this guy. He gained 30 pounds. People get that he's a tremendous actor, but with this, they're really going to see his comedic sensibility and great character work."
He notes that Damon and Soderbergh "had a way they worked this character. Steven said, 'You can't do it too much. You've got to keep going, keep going, keep going.' They locked into it after a couple of days. It was really remarkable to be on the same ride. Our characters go through these stages of disbelief. We don't know until well into the movie what's wrong with this guy."
Matt Damon, causing a stir at Santa Monica's Café Delfini. The actor was eating with wife Luciana, as many excited diners looked on – but never approached the actor.
Well, it’s Michael Douglas and Matt (Damon, as Scott Thorson, Liberace’s lover) and the script’s by Richard LaGravenese. It’s a great project all the way round and we’re right in the middle of acquiring the money to make it. It’s a very difficult environment to raise money for a movie like that, because it’s a movie for grownups and it’s about Liberace. So a lot of people look at it and go, ‘Who’s this for?’
I’m confident we can get it together. We just may have to do it for a REAL price.
But I have something I can get to after the first of the year, and I’m supposed to do my Liberace movie next summer.
Zany plays an attorney for Damon’s character in "The Informant."
"Through the audition process, they asked for comedians for various parts in the movie," Zany explained about how he came across his latest role. "They asked me to read one part, then another, and said they would get back to me, which means, ‘Thanks for nothing,’ in show business. But I got a different part, which I guess means I didn’t screw up the reading."
He said the role completed "the trifecta I’ve been waiting for," made up of "doctor," "insult man" and "lawyer."
"And now an attorney in my first big movie," he said. "All my scenes are with Matt, and he was a great guy to work with. I’m not just saying that because people would say that."