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Interviews, Esquire
  • Matt did not attend the Deauville Film Festival as it was Alexia's first day at a new school. Warner Bros had advised the Deauville press that Matt had an 'obligation', but producer Greg Jacobs revealed the details in an interview at Gala.

  • A report on Matt's Esquire magazine interview from 3am.

    Matt Damon, who appears on the latest cover of US Esquire, has refused to talk to the magazine about his latest movie – instead, preferring to let them see him sing a song about going to the toilet. The 38-year-old is profiled in an eight-page spread that focuses on his charity work in India, but only one paragraph is devoted to his new film, The Informant.

    Damon said: "People don’t decide to see or not see the latest George Clooney movie just because they see or don't see him on the cover of a magazine." And the actor, who plays an overweight whistle-blower, even tells the Esquire reporter who travelled with him to India: "I almost brought it [the final cut], so you could see it but then I thought, ‘What the hell?'" During the trip, Damon entertained Indian schoolchildren by squatting down and singing to them: "This is the way we go to the toilet, go to the toilet, go the toilet, early in the morning..." Damon was in India with the charity Water.org, which runs various projects in the Third World to help tackle the global water crisis.

  • More photos of Matt and Lucy in Venice are at PopSugar and Splash/PicApp.

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  • Matt and Steven discussed The Informant! at the BBC.

    "Matt had to gain the weight in two months," Soderbergh says.

    "I am not kidding, there's not a still photo taken off-set during the movie where he doesn't have a bag of chips in his hand."

    "And I had a hairpiece, a moustache, cheek filler and a nose prosthetic," adds Damon.

    Damon's toupee starts moving during one of the most serious moments of the movie - which was, inadvertently, the actor's idea.

    "There was one moment during rehearsals when I scratched my head and the hairpiece moved. Steven screamed and said 'I have to use that in the film!'"

  • Matt will appear on the Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A clip from the Letterman show is at the CBS site (discussing Internet rumors and George Clooney):

    Stills from the Kimmel skit:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Just watched the Letterman clip before i saw your post. The downside of the internet when you get horrible rumours like that, upsetting for his family and friends but when you read the story its obvious its rubbish.

    The George Clooney gay thing is so funny though, he realy takes a beating from them all, i saw the clip on youtube, thats one brave man stripping down like that in front of the worlds press.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 10th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman

    And Matt going camping? Yep, find a better rumor.

    Italian journalists have taken the Brad Pitt story semi-seriously (or just curiously) for weeks, and Matt's comments in Venice didn't help. Matt - always talking about his friends so he doesn't have to talk about himself.

    Interesting comments by Soderbergh in Deauville that Matt is not a friend to him but a colleague, and Matt would see him the same way.

    Matt interviewed at the Wall Street Journal:

    Edited at 2009-09-10 10:56 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Now to Toronto

    A photo of Matt at the Four Seasons bar in Toronto with friends (including Joey Adler, I think), when George Clooney was across the street in another bar.

    Any comments on the Letterman appearance?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Has anyone taped the full episode, would be great to see
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman

    It should be on YouTube or one of the photo/entertainment sites soon. Still waiting for it to air in Australia...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Positive reviews from the Financial Times (UK - first positive review from a British paper) and Harry Knowles at Aint it cool news.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I enjoyed the Letterman interview, although Matt seemed a little out of sorts at the beginning. Felt like he had something else on his mind--no smiles until a minute or two into the interview when he seemed suddenly to remember where he was. Letterman virtually forced him to do his McConaughey impression, and Matt was clearly annoyed, fumbled for a few seconds, and finally came up with a line that involved the taking off of his(McConaughey's) shirt. The audience and Letterman loved it. Matt's comment after Letterman asked him to do the impression, was on the order of "I can't believe we're still doing this."

    I'm not sure the promo for Informant went too well; Matt had prepared a clip which included a few seconds at the end of a Transformers shot tearing up a city block. All very discombobulated.

    But what is clear is how much the audience loves Matt. Also, Letterman had high praise for Informant and for Matt personally. He called him a "lovely man", something you very rarely hear Letterman, the ultimate wry grouch and cynic, say.

    All in all, though, good to see Matt again. And, yes, I found the bit about Clooney to be hysterical.

    From: ilario1 Date: September 11th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt looked tired on Letterman

    Poor guy looked tired. I'm sure he had to be. He took a flight from Italy to NY. I'm sure he's jet lagged. I hope the Informant does well. Its gotten such mixed reviews. I'll go see it to support him. It looks funny to me. There's a scathing user comment already at IMDB calling it the top 5 worst movie they've ever seen. Wow. That kind of broke my heart. I highly doubt its that bad, lol.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    He looks even more tired in Toronto for the press junket. A full day of press, two major press conferences, lots of individual TV interviews (ET etc), a premiere in the evening followed by a party. And it all started with early morning radio appearances, including Sirius where he trashed the Yankees.

    Despite all that, he was apparently at his upbeat best.
    From: ilario1 Date: September 12th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    Didn't he take his daughter to school too? I just love that guy.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    It must have been Alexia who started a new school in New York (apparently in the same class as Robert De Niro's son Elliott).

    Greg Jacobs' mention of Matt's daughter made the Italian press assume he referred to Isabella.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    Don't let a random comment like that break anything. Nine times out of ten comments like that are from trolls. See it and make up your own mind :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    Thanks. I plan on seeing it anyway. Its not really a random comment. Its on the main page with the title Worst Movie of the Decade.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    There's a few of those comments around, and one mention of walkouts at a preview screening. I don't know how some people can dislike it so much, but it might be claims of smug-ness, as previously proposed. The movie has an attitude (even in its titles on screen), and that may just rub people the wrong way. (Trying not to mention anything for fear of spoilers - not that I've seen the movie.)

    Anyway, the premiere audience loved it according to Sharon Waxman.

    Best quote of the day's press so far from Matt:

    What did his wife, Luciana Barroso, think of his weight gain?

    “There was just more of me to love,” Matt joked to OK! at today’s Toronto International Film Festival conference for his new flick. “She was a good sport. We had fun. I loved parading around with my belly. My stepdaughter thought it was really funny, too, that I got all squishy.”
    From: ilario1 Date: September 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt looked tired on Letterman

    Soderbergh's style put some people off I fear.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Positive Review LA Times

    Positive Review in LA Times
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Positive Review LA Times

    Sadly not a review but an interview. Postive press though.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Access Hollywood Interview Video

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