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People Speak, interviews
  • Matt and historian Howard Zinn attended a free event at New York University on Thursday to promote The People Speak on The History Channel. The photo below and a report is from the NYU News, and another report from a blogger is here.

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  • An interview from the Venice Film Festival with Matt in Total Film (UK) magazine's current issue is now available online. One quote:

    So does it always work that way with you? You take personal calls from directors, rather than going through agents?
    No, no agents. If you don't know the guy, maybe, but if you’re friends... Like now we're trying to get $30m to get this Liberace movie. It's about Liberace and his lover.

    And when I went to do Che, Steven called me and says, "Will you do a day on Che? I want you to do this scene in Spanish, even though you’re playing a German guy."

    I was like, "Really?" They were in the south of Spain. I said, "Lucy [Barroso, Damon's wife] and I are going to be there." I had some press to do there for The Bourne Ultimatum.

    So the studio flew us there and we snuck in because Che was the lower-budget movie. We let Bourne get us to Europe and then I went down.

    We got to this little resort where they were staying, in the south of Spain. And I showed up. And Steven is at the bar with Greg Jacobs his AD and producer, waiting for me. And he pulls out a book, Behind The Candelabra. And there's a picture of this young blond guy with a big fur coat and next to him there's Liberace, with all of his rings and a fur coat.

    Steven hands me the book and goes, "You. Michael Douglas!" So that's how you get a job. There are no agents!

  • There's also a new interview at the Irish Herald:

    Matt Damon's next role is in Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, where he plays the former captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, as the country got the opportunity to show the world that it had put apartheid behind it. The role is one which has great passion and resonance for him, given his love of the sport.

    "It's a very uplifting story. When you talk to a South African about the Rugby World Cup in 1995, they all know exactly where they were, and they start to get very emotional. I felt crushing pressure and responsibility to get it right and what calmed me down was seeing how much more pressure Morgan Freeman, who plays Nelson Mandela, was under!"
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Shakira's explains song lyric

    Singer Shakira has explained the line about Matt in one of her songs at MTV - from the article and the interview at the site:

    The song that covers this topic best is "Men in This Town." In it, Shakira sings about looking all over and still not finding the right guy. However, don't mistake the Matt Damon name-check as a jab.

    Do you know Matt Damon?
    "I know Matt Damon," she said about the lyric, "Matt Damon's not meant for me." "Actually, he’s my neighbour in Miami, or used to be, I think he moved now to New York. I know him and his wife. It's all good. This is a song and Damon really rhymed with the other word. Matt Damon is actually a terrific dude."

    Has he heard the song?
    No. I’ll send him a copy of the album.

    I thought it was a diss.
    I'm saying it in a good way. What I'm actually saying is there aren't many great guys out there and Matt Damon is one of them. I love Matt Damon. He's so great. He's a good sport too. I’m sure he’ll be fine with it. And his wife too."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 13th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm guessing Whitesell (sp?) is still his rep, but only with people who can't call Matt on his cell? That would make sense. I can't imagine Eastwood or Spielberg or any of his buddy filmsters calling Patrick to ask if they can talk to Matt. I love the professional trust these guys put in each other. Usually makes for a better product when all the important players are speaking the same language from the git-go!

    I. B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 13th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, Patrick Whitesell is still his agent.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 14th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Coen Brothers

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 14th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Truly excellent interview with the Coens. Very insightful. Thanks for linking it.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Brother teams

    I wonder who else can say they have worked with both the Farrelly brothers and the Coen brothers. Next - the Wachowski brothers/siblings?

    And still no female directors on Matt's resume. Maybe Kathryn Bigelow or Jane Campion down the track?
    Re: Brother teams - (Anonymous) - Expand
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 15th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    A new interview with Francois Pienaar is at the Independent, and he confirms Matt is wearing a prosthetic on his nose for the film.

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