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Two trailers for Green Zone, one for Invictus
  • The first trailers for Green Zone and Invictus have been released. New photos and the US Green Zone trailer are available at Screencrave.com. Update: There's a second (and completely different) trailer that has been released in the UK for Green Zone which is available here, from MSN UK. The official site for Green Zone is also now live.
    The official trailer for Invictus is available at the Apple site, with another version available at Rope of Silicon. The official site for Invictus is also live.

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  • Drew McWeeny of HitFix, who has already seen an unfinished cut of Green Zone, discusses the film and Matt's recent role choices here.

    Did any of you see the season finale of "Entourage" this year? Best part of the whole thing was Matt Damon's appearance as himself, pushing his children's charity with all the intensity of Jason Bourne trying to shake an answer out of a bad guy.

    I like Damon a lot as an actor, and I like that he has reached a place in his career where almost every time out, he's working with a world-class filmmaker, taking chances, following his own personal passions. I think his work in "The Informant!" was great this year, and I've been curious to see how his work with Clint Eastwood would turn out on "Invictus." Greg Ellwood's going to write up of the "Invictus" trailer over at his Awards Campaign blog, which makes sense, since I have no doubt this will turn out to be one of the year's big awards season titles.

    It's a shame that Universal pulled "Green Zone" out of play for this year, though. The movie works both as political body blow and unapologetic action film. It marries the sensibilities of both "United 93" and the "Bourne" series, and it seems to me to be the most commercial thing that Greengrass has ever made, even if it is set in Iraq.

    I can't speak to the finished film, but I can say that "Green Zone" is a perfect role for Matt Damon. He plays a guy who is part of the initial raids on all the sites where weapons of mass destruction are supposedly stored, and he notices that each place they hit, the intelligence they were given does not match the physical evidence they find. Determined to figure out where these reports are coming from, his character steps outside the system and very quickly finds himself in over his head.

  • Matt talks family issues, including whether he will be having another child, at this German site - my translation is below.

    Would you like to have more children?
    Yes, we are seriously considering it. However, our life with three children is already very full.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 28th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Invictus trailer

    A still of the 'shirtless' shot in the Invictus trailer from an Italian site (because someone will like it)...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 28th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Second Green Zone trailer

    And I've just added to the main post links for the UK version of a Green Zone trailer, which is almost for a different movie.


    From: ilario1 Date: October 28th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thank you Thank you Thank you

    and thank you again.

    I love how its raining Matt Damon.

    I saw that clip of Invictus yesterday. not sure what to say about Morgan Freeman as Mandela. However, I was totally impressed with Matt. He completely transformed himself.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "raining Matt Damon"... LOL. Yes, the weather is lovely.

    And why is the UK trailer so much better than the US trailer?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    UK vs US? Why the difference

    Jonathan Ross interviewed the men and women who work in the marketing departments of the major Hollywood studios and a few independent companies a few years ago, and they mostly said that overseas audiences are more sophisticated in their tastes and don't require a movie to be spoon-fed to them, therefore they could be more creative.

    They also sometimes rename or edit films to be more acceptable to UK audiences. One example that comes to mind is Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley; the ending was changed for the US. Having seen both versions on the DVD I prefer the American ending.

    Thanks for all the updates, really great stuff. His little girls are just delicious and it's nice how they put a smile on his face during what must be a very difficult time for him, Lucy, his father and his brother. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 29th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK vs US? Why the difference

    I would have to say that as an unsophisticated American the new trailer was a bit much for my simple mind to take in, but I was able to sit through the whole thing. I am a huge Matt Damon fan so will plan to watch the movie when it hits the theaters, but I hope they have enough explosions to keep me entertained.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 29th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UK vs US? Why the difference

    Don't shoot the messenger, that's what they said. But the majority of people that Jonathan Ross spoke to said this or something similar. It was a big surprise for me too. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 30th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    New photos of Matt and Lucy leaving a restaurant in the West Village after lunch on Thursday:

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