Clint Eastwood is to shoot a portion of his latest film, Hereafter, in the UK. It will mark the first time the Oscar-winning director has shot in this country since making his White Hunter, Black Heart at Pinewood studios back in 1989.
Hereafter is a supernatural thriller by Frost/Nixon and The Queen writer Peter Morgan that stars Matt Damon as a reluctant psychic. Production got under way in France yesterday, and will later shift to locations in London and then on to Hawaii.
The film tells three parallel stories that eventually intersect – about a French TV journalist, played by Cecile de France, who suffers a near-death experience during the Asian tsunami of 2004; a drug-addicted English single mother, played by Lyndsey Marshal, who loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident; and Damon's character, who can talk to the dead but prefers not to. De France and Marshal contact Damon in a desperate quest for answers and consolation.
Perhaps the coolest experience recently was today on the set of The Adjustment Bureau, where Matt Damon was a consummate gentleman. He was kind, funny, clever, professional, talented, hot, etc. Seriously, what a cool guy and what a gorgeous day on the Fulton Ferry landing, below Roebling's awe-inspiring Brooklyn Bridge, the landing surrounded by the immortal words of New York's own Walt Whitman. Particular highlight of the day occurred when Obama's helicopters flew over the Bridge. Wasn't planned for the political rally scene we were dealing with in the film, but provided a fitting and exciting pause.
What stage are you guys at on The Adjustment Bureau?
Right now, we’re in the middle of shooting. We’re on day 30 of 60. It’s one of those things where it’s just working, and Matt Damon is truly an amazing actor. You think he’s good when you see him in a movie, but once you work with him, you realize the level of intelligence and focus he brings to a project. I’m learning a lot working with him. It’s been a great experience, and it’s a great movie. It’s a fun movie.
I’m not sure if it’s out of your wheelhouse. I wasn’t sure how much of the Phillip K. Dick science fiction element you guys were keeping with it.
I’m definitely not, like, in Vulcan ears or no shit like that. [Laughs] I’m definitely not like a Transformer or nothing. But it’s an intellectual sci-fi movie. I basically play an Angel of Fate. I just help Matt Damon out from time to time.
Matt Damon’s character, right? Not actually helping out Matt Damon.
Right, right. Not like him in real life. “Hey, Matt! Go this way.” Not like that.
Today we bring a few quotes from co-creator Brian Bendis as he updates his project and the potential for a film adaptation.
“Not dead yet,” Bendis told MTV recently on the prospects of a film adaptation.
Interestingly enough, Bendis named quite a few names who were rumored to star in the adaptation of his creation. He mentioned Matt Damon had signed on along with Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck, and Rachel McAdams. Of course he had to drop the name of David Fincher who was long rumored to direct the project.
Like the time you were telling me about a particularly tough day. You composed one of your famous e-mail updates and casually mentioned how the only thing that would brighten your day was a visit from Matt Damon.
And then a few weeks later, Damon showed up. If I didn't know you better, girl, I would have pegged you as a liar, but you're not the kind of person who would make up a crazy story like that.
So many people adored you, I didn't doubt for a second that someone would bend over backwards to make Damon show up at your house.
Can you twist facts into a comic pretzel and still come out on the salty side of truth? To judge by The Informant! — the nonfiction story of a wack-job corporate whistle-blower played by Matt Damon in a mesmerizing mindfuck of a performance — you sure as hell can. Director Steven Soderbergh takes the same biopic route he traveled a decade ago in Erin Brockovich, only this time with a cockeyed compass and a fit of giggles. There is devilish fun in this look into 1990s white-collar crime. But the jokes are the kind you choke on.
This is Damon like you've never seen him, and he goes for broke. With hair on his upper lip and a rug on his head, Damon porked up 30 pounds to walk the walk of Mark Whitacre, a four-eyed Cornell grad in biochemistry making big bucks in agribusiness at the Illinois firm of Archer Daniels Midland.
Whitacre is a feast of a role for Damon. "I'm the good guy in all this," he tells FBI agents Shepard (Scott Bakula) and Herndon (Joel McHale). And he believes it. Damon gives us the chilling sight of a man persuasively lying to himself in a scam that outdoes anything Soderbergh pulled in Ocean's 11, 12 and 13. Shooting fast and digital in just 30 days, Soderbergh invests the film with the breathless pace of a thriller and the gravity befitting a nation's soul sickness. Damon makes Whitacre recognizably human.