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Children at Heart gala, magazines
  • Matt and Lucy are scheduled to attend the Children at Heart gala tonight in New York to benefit Chabad's Childern of the Chernobyl. The organization aims to permanently evacuate kids from the Chernobyl area which was devastated in 1986. Details are at Fox NY and the official site.

  • The Boston Herald interviewed Matt about his distant links to Ben here. Red carpet interviews from the premiere of The People Speak are here.

    "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.

  • The full quotes from Shakira in EW and Melanie Lynsky in People are below.

    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

  • The official site for Invictus is now promoting links to USA Rugby, One and Amnesty International. A quote from Matt about Invictus at the Chicago Sun-Times is here.

    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."
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 24th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)


    Details of the Invictus premiere's charity packages:


    Lucy did not attend the Children of Heart gala even though she was being honored along with Matt.

    Edited at 2009-11-27 07:22 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Invictus reviews


    Damon has taken the flabby dough-boy body from "The Informant!" and chiseled it into pure muscle. He looks like a rugby player. What he thinks about apartheid or Mandela or anything else you never learn. He certainly respects the nation's president but their relationship is largely ceremonial.


    With the exception of the meeting with Mandela and a couple of family scenes, most of Damon's screen time is spent in training or on the field, and it's meant as highest praise to say that, if he weren't a recognizable film star, you'd never think he were anything other than a South African rugby player. Beefed up a bit (or, perhaps more accurately, slimmed down somewhat from "The Informant!") and employing, at least to an outsider's ear, an impeccable accent, Damon blends in beautifully with his fellow players.


    Matt Damon looks great as the captain of the Springboks - solidly fit, with bleached hair and what sounds like a pretty good Afrikaner accent.
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