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Matt Damon News Column

GQ, Invictus

  • There's a long article in the November issue of GQ (US, Olivia Wilde cover) by Tom Carson praising Matt's performance in The Informant! and claiming he's been underused in previous roles. Excerpts:

    If Damon doesn't cop a nomination, that'll be because his embrace of the role is too uninfected by star vanity. Academy members may not be able to remember whether they were watching him or Greg Kinnear.

    Since Whitacre's behavior isn't used to crystallize anything tattletale or ridiculous about the culture that spawned him, Damon's juicy performance has to fend for itself in a vacuum.

    Along with half of male Hollywood's roisterers, Damon was an Ocean's regular, of course. Yet just by behaving in all three films as if his character wasn't sure he'd be invited back for the next romp, he both subtly undercut the prevailing camaraderie and snuck in smidgens of real acting. Jason Bourne obviously isn't your standard-issue summer-blockbuster lollapalooka, either. Keeping him human in mid-car chase involves a lot more than just finding a manner and sticking to it, all that was ever required of any bloke hired as James Bond. Bond owes his longevity to how entertainingly each new actor's manner has suited the times, but Bourne will be history the day that Damon decides he's too old or bored.

  • The first footage from Invictus was shown at a ceremony honoring Clint Eastwood in France:

    "I consider France my second home," Clint Eastwood said Saturday night as he became the first recipient of the Prix Lumiere at the inaugural Grand Lyon Film Festival in the city that gave birth to the cinema.

    Eastwood, who will begin shooting for the first time in France today on his new film, "Hereafter," starring Matt Damon, received the award at a ceremony in front of 3,000 people.

    A three-minute assembly of clips from Eastwood's forthcoming "Invictus" capped the evening along with a performance by the honoree's son Kyle and his jazz quartet.

  • Matt's step-sister Sarah Bradford gets more press at New York Magazine, and a role in The Adjustment Bureau:

    Bradford: My parents divorced when I was a little girl, and my mom married Matt's father. I never asked Matt for acting advice, but he said something interesting to me. He said people would come up to him and say, "Should I be an actor?" and he'd say, "If you're asking, then you shouldn't be, because you shouldn't have to ask. It's something you can't live without."

    Modeling is fun, but I can't live without acting. It gets me out of bed in the morning. Five months ago, I went in for a reading for this movie Matt's in, The Adjustment Bureau; it's in production right now in New York. It was for a character named Elise—she is basically queen bee at this ballet academy—and all of a sudden they say, "Are you aware that if you get this role, you'll be playing Matt's love, having a love affair with your brother?"

    My jaw dropped. My manager just completely wasn't told. I'm no longer with that manager. I just read for a more appropriate role in the movie, Elise's friend, and I got the part. It's very exciting. What parents wouldn't want their children to work together?

  • A sighting at the New York Post:

    Matt Damon -- in town filming "The Adjustment Bureau" with Emily Blunt -- unwound at the Hustler Club on 12th Avenue the other night. Damon was with a woman "all the dancers said was his wife, Luciana," a source said, plus two men and another woman. "They got there after 11 p.m. and stayed for 2½ hours. He bought dances for his friends. His wife was dancing for him. The club normally doesn't allow civilians to dance, but they made an exception for him."
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