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Informant, GMA, OneXOne
  • Matt will be appearing live at the Good Morning America studio in New York on Tuesday morning. Also scheduled for Tuesday: Matt will appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart before attending the New York premiere. The pre-taped skit on Jimmy Kimmel Live (with Joel McHale) will also air on Tuesday night.

  • More photos from the OneXOne event with Bill Clinton in Toronto are at Celebrity Mound, Media Outrage, Faded Youth Blog and PopSugar. A photo of Matt and musician Elvis Costello is below.

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  • A good video interview from Toronto, where Matt discusses his work with water.org and an upcoming trip to Haiti, is at tribute.ca. Jennifer Garner discusses Matt and the subject of lying in this video, and video from the Toronto premiere is here.

  • Matt discussed the Liberace project at USA Today, and Michael Douglas discussed Matt's career and choices ahead of working together at Canoe.ca.

    Matt: "I'm doing this Liberace movie. Michael Douglas is playing Liberace and I play his lover. Steven is directing it," said Damon. "I saw Michael last night. He comes up and says, 'Get your Chapstick ready.' It's going to be a great movie. My role is a great role. But Michael's role? It's spectacular."

    Douglas: “Matt’s going to be my young lover,” Douglas tells Sun Media. “Why not? God bless Matt. Hey, it’s easy for me - he’s in his prime. I said to him, ‘Matt, I love you, man. Boy, that Bourne (series) must really be going strong.’ But good for him. He’s right taking chances. All those young guys - (George) Clooney - they’re taking risks...It’s smart trying to mix it up a bit and maintain those franchises and still get to do a picture that turns you on.”

  • Melanie Lynskey discussed working with Matt at Metronews:

    “I was so terrified,” revealed Lynskey. “I’m not the kind of actress who plays Matt Damon’s wife. I’m normally the best friend. Luckily he’s the nicest person ever to walk the face of the earth and a very generous actor. He made me feel very comfortable right away.”

  • Robert Herndon, the FBI agent who is played by Joel McHale in The Informant!, discussed Matt's calls and visits with his family and watching the movie at Kansascity.com. Herndon also says Matt discussed plans to leave Miami for a quieter location.

    Two years ago his son Matthew, then 11, was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain aneurysm. While the family gathered in a Dallas hotel room on the eve of Matthew’s big surgery, the phone rang.

    It was Matt Damon. He wanted to talk to Matthew.

    At that point filming on “The Informant!” hadn’t begun. But Damon had been cast and knew all about Herndon. Somehow he’d heard about the family’s crisis.

    “Matthew is talking on the phone and at one point he puts ” Herndon his hand over the receiver and asks, ‘Who’s Matt Damon?’ recalled with a laugh. “After his successful surgery he watched the ‘Bourne’ movies, and of course now he’s a Damon fan.”

    Then, while “The Informant!” was in production last summer in Los Angeles, Herndon was invited to bring his family for a day on the set.

    “Matt Damon spent about an hour and a half with us,” he said. “He talked about possibly moving to Dallas or Kansas City, getting away from Miami and finding a different sort of place to raise his kids.”
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The Esquire interview is now online with photos:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Esquire

    Just read it. Thanks for posting.

    Is Matt for real? It is so hard to believe a person like this can exist.

    I am so in awe of him.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Fantastic pix & information

    Thanks for posting all in the past couple of weeks. It's a joy to review your site.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fantastic pix & information

    Thanks for your comments - it's great to know that people are reading. If you have any feedback on stories, content, photos etc, please let me know.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fantastic pix & information

    Wanted to thank you for your 'heads up' about Good Morning America. As a result of your posting, I just caught Matt's interview. Diane Sawyer - or whoever wrote her questions - must have enjoyed Matt's Letterman appearance because she basically invited Matt to repeat everything he said there. So, not much new from him.

    The big news was that she had seen a screening of The Informant and LOVED it! Really, she was very enthusiastic and had a lot of positive things to say. She found it very funny and the character very memorable. So, maybe at least smart people will get it (that may leave me out lol). She obviously also really liked Matt as a person. He seems so embarrassed when people praise him - it's endearing. There was a studio audience there and when he was introduced and people were applauding him he looked like he wanted to fall through the floor!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fantastic pix & information


    She was getting me all excited about the movie. I can't wait to see it.

    The video is up at the abc website. It didn't show his introduction though.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fantastic pix & information

    Thank you. I couldn't find anything about a possible GMA appearance on their site, and only saw it through an early (US) morning Tweet from GMA.

    The introduction was really brief, and just before the appearance - he provided an updated amount of meals that GMA will be providing (or something like that) for Feeding America. Matt's apparently on the celebrity council for Feeding America, and he did appear at a San Francisco foodbank before the SF OneXOne event last year .

    I'm amused it was Diane Sawyer interviewing Matt because in the early version of the Adjustment Bureau's script she has a significant role interviewing Matt's character (while events go on at the studio). With Sawyer leaving her role I presume it will have to be recast. Matt's certainly been interviewed by her before and they have appeared to get on well. (But then he appears to get on well with all interviewers...)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fantastic pix & information

    You didn't see it on the website? Its under shows/shows you missed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I check your column for updates every day but rarely comment. Just wanted to take this chance to tell you how much I appreciate all the work you put into your column. It really is the best place for news about Matt. Thank you.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks MJ
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Preview clip of Kimmel

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    That was hilarious!

    "Hollywood Rules?" LOL Matt is such a good sport.

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