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Parade, Hamlet
  • The article Matt wrote for Parade magazine on the importance of giving and his charitable efforts is now available - photos from the site and an excerpt below.

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    I’ve taken a lot of trips in the last few years to places like Africa and India and Haiti to try to learn what conditions are like. You can read about extreme poverty and possible solutions, but it’s really powerful when you get to meet the people and shake their hands and listen to their stories. I try to keep my trips short because my kids are so young that my wife, Lucy, can’t come. We don’t like to be separated, but we both feel it’s so important to learn about these things. There’s so much I don’t know. In the future, I know these trips are something we’ll do as a family.

  • Parade's Janice Kaplan wrote about her meeting with Matt and his commitment to the article in this story, including:

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    OK, Matt is handsome and charming—I’ll give you that. But he is also incredibly smart and thoughtful and deeply sincere. Instead of looking at problems from a distance, he is hands-on involved in the charities he supports. And he has gotten personally involved in charities that try to bring help—and hope—to those who need it most.

    Matt Damon has huge talent. He also has an enormous heart, a generous soul, and an understanding of how to make the world a better place.

    In general, actors shouldn’t have to be role models or heroes. But Matt Damon wants to use his talent for a bigger purpose.

    If you’re looking for a role model, he’s a good one.

  • Matt and Ben have been found to be tenth cousins once removed.

    We know that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are BFFs, but as it turns out, they’re actually related!

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society yesterday revealed that the Cambridge homeys are actually 10th cousins once removed. They share a common 10th great-grandfather, William Knowlton of Ipswich, a bricklayer who died in 1655.

  • A fun report on Matt's Entourage cameo.

    Ultimately, the real winner of the finale was Matt Damon, who appeared as a maniacal version of himself to threaten Vince (lead Adrian Grenier) into donating to his real-life charity, OneXOne.

    At one point, Damon even streamed video of the king of philanthropy, Bono, castigating Vince for his “measly” $10,000 check. “It’s for the children, man,” sneers the rock star.

    The emotions of the four regular cast members generally range from nonchalant to indifferent, but in his relatively minor cameo, Matt Damon shows us rational, livid, hysterical, remorseful, and embarrassed. And that’s why he has an academy award.

  • On the evening of his birthday Matt and Lucy attended a performance of Jude Law's play Hamlet. Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving by the stage door after meeting with Jude are here, with a brief report at Papermag.

    In related news, I stepped out during intermission and Mr. Mickey had emailed me that that he was over at the Broadhurst watching Jude Law in Hamlet with Matt Damon, his wife Luciana Barroso (aka the luckiest bartender in the world) and Frances McDormand! MM said that right before the show was starting an usher yelled "no pictures!" at Matt when he brought his BlackBerry out to make sure it was off, which he thought was a little unnecessary seeing as how Matt has been naked in a bathtub with Jude in the The Talented Mr. Ripley and probably doesn't need a pixilated BlackBerry photo. At least we know the stars get yelled at too.

  • On Friday night Matt attended Bruce Springsteen's concert at Giants Stadium. A few Twitter reports are here and here.

  • A sighting from the New York Post:

    Matt Damon, his wife, kids, and two dogs, out for a stroll at 86th and Broadway.
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Finally saw the Informant! today

    I loved it. Matt was hilarious. I can understand how people wouldn't find it funny but it sure made me laugh
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    There was an accident on the set of adjustment bureau? Any word on who was injured or what happened?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Not sure - maybe an extra or passer-by. The photo captions don't mention anything.

    Matt's scene was very straightforward and nobody should have been injured - it's available on YouTube:

    From: ilario1 Date: October 12th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Was wondering about that myself.

    And a big lol @ Matt's stunt double.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    I just read the Parade magazine article that came in my newspaper today. Matt is really a great guy. He is so sincere and he is really following the teachings of his mother. She did an outstanding job raising those 2 boys.

    I have to take my hat off to Lucy, also. It's taken me a long time to accept her in my heart and mind. Initially, I did not understand why Matt was attracted to her and eventually married her. She didn't seem to be what Matt needed and there were some things about her history that seemed questionable.

    But I wasn't giving Matt enough credit for picking out his life partner. She seems to be about as ideal of a companion and mate as Matt could want. She seems to support him in all of his work and is committed to them being together as much as possible and is able to get along well with all his show business friends without feeling inferior or overwhelmed. Matt seems to have found a real soul mate.

    My admiration for Matt only grows. My husband read the Parade article too. He was also impressed. Matt doesn't come across as a narcissistic fake. And my husband noticed.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for your comment. I can only say that I think most of the regular readers of this site (or other fans of Matt) would agree with your comments.

    Lucy must be a really strong woman. She seems happy to stay in the background, support Matt in every way (and attend every concert and show), but never tries to take the limelight or claim attention. She's never leaked stories to the press (her old contacts did) or be anything other than the loyal wife and mother. I'd love to know more about her, but I doubt we ever will.

    FYI: Matt said in a recent interview that Lucy's mother is also living with them, and that she and Lucy both speak Spanish to the girls. The girls understand Spanish, but they're not speaking it yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    I agree that Lucy must be amazingly strong. I'm pretty sure she's dropped her old contacts. I'd love to know a lot more about her also. Seems unlikely. Lucy's mother is living with them? I wonder what has happened to Lucy's sisters. Hmmmm...well, you never know what happens within families , especially when one of them has become very rich and different than the rest. Maybe Matt's family is able to handle that better. I hope Lucy continues to be happy supporting Matt in every way.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    Lucy's sisters are all married (I think) and they're based with their families in Miami. There's also a brother in Spain and her father in Argentina. They're all settled.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    I thought one of her sisters had been their nanny. I also thought Matt had bought the house next door to them in Miami to accomodate some of Lucy's family. I just wondered what happened to all that.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    No, I don't think one of her sisters had been a nanny (she just traveled with them occasionally).

    The house next door in Miami was bulldozed to extend the property.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy

    Oh, OK. Well, that's interesting.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    I agree with you both. This couple is far from fake. Matt just has an ordinary job and he uses his position the right way.
    I wish them happiness.

    Thank you again for all the work on the site.

    Greetings from Holland,
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm not sure I'd call Matt's job or life ordinary. Far from it, actually. But he uses his money and notoriety for the good of others. And he doesn't think he's better than other people.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Confirmed reports

    A few reports on some recent nights out:

    Sighting: Matt Damon gave a standing-o to his buddy and "Talented Mr. Ripley" co-star, Jude Law, at "Hamlet" at the Broadhurst

    People sighting
    Matt Damon, grabbing orchestra seats at Broadway's Hamlet, starring Jude Law. The casually dressed actor, in a blue sweater, kept a low profile while enjoying the show with his wife, Luciana.

    Matt Damon may be from Boston, but Friday night he was just like any other Jersey boy at Bruce Springsteen's final concert at Giants' Stadium. He blended into the pit amidst the other Springsteen die-hards while he - let's just say - "danced in the dark" with his wife and parents. And Damon isn't a fair weather fan, either, he stuck around until the entire band had packed up - despite the chilly temperatures.

    Edited at 2009-10-12 11:36 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Confirmed reports

    It sounds like Matt is enjoying living in NY and everything that is available there.

    Miami NEVER seemed like the right place for him to live.

    And now he's so much closer to his parents and brother. This move is good!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    thanks for the Parade article upload

    We don't get Parade so it was great reading and seeing the pix. I saw the Informant too and thought it was an interesting character analysis. I totally forgot that Mark Whitacre was played by Matt Damon. All the actors were terrific but Matt shined in this one.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: thanks for the Parade article upload

    I still haven't seen it - doesn't open in Australia until December.

    More set photos from Saturday and Sunday (including Matt on set with fans and Chris Moore):


    Edited at 2009-10-13 01:12 am (UTC)
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