"I always felt like we were kin. He always felt like kin," Matt Damon told the Track after a screening in the Apple of his latest project, the History Channel documentary "The People Speak."
As you may know, the New England Genealogical Society announced a few weeks back that they had done a study of the Damon and Affleck family trees and discovered that Matt and Ben are 10th cousins once removed. The Tinseltown titans have a common ancestor - a 10th great-grandfather, William Knowlton of Ipswich, a bricklayer who died in 1655. "I remember when I got that story on my phone, I e-mailed it to him and at the same time he was e-mailing it to me," Damon laughed.
EW: You certainly seem to like Matt Damon. On the album you sing, "Is there a prince in this fable/For a small-town girl like me?/The good ones are gone or not able/And Matt Damon's not meant for me." What's up with that?
Shakira: I know Matt and his wife. We have friends in common. I hope she's not mad at this. [Laughs] He's one of those good men. He's really something: a terrific actor, really handsome, and also very intelligent and socially aware. Since I was referring to L.A., I thought Matt is the exception to many of the men who are around, who are very preoccupied with themselves.
EW: Did you warn him about the song?
Shakira: No, no, no. Maybe I should send an apologetic note to the wife and say, "Hey, I'm taken too, don't worry."
"Kindness and generosity are very sexy, and Matt is warm and welcoming. He loves his job so much, is so prepared and having such a good time, that it's impossible to not feel happy working with him." --MELANIE LYNSKEY, his The Informant! costar
Damon isn't worried about the success of the film. "The great thing about working with Clint is he's so sure and has so much experience," says Damon. "It was one of the best scripts I've ever read -- and one word: Morgan."