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Family issues revealed
  • Details of Matt's family emergency of a few months ago appear to have been revealed at the New York Post:

    Matt Damon has been making regular trips home to Boston to visit his sick father. The star, who's filming here, is "concerned" about his dad, Kent, and has been rushing back from his Manhattan set to visit him, sources said. Damon was shooting "The Adjustment Bureau" with Emily Blunt at the Warwick New York Hotel. He's been putting a brave face on despite the health concerns, and following a bout of flu among his kids. Our source added, "His family is everything to him." A rep for Damon didn't return our repeated calls and e-mails.

  • Video interviews with Matt, Morgan and Clint are at Hit Fix, NGTV, About.com, AZfamily.com and CNN. In a CNN clip Matt was asked about Tiger Woods' recent media issues:

    Matt: I think it's none of my business, and I actually know him. It's still none of my business. Marriages are private.

  • There are various short interview clips with Matt, Morgan and Clint at MTV on a range of subjects, including the following. Hereafter will film in Maui for three days in January, but Matt will not take part in those scenes.

    The shout-out in Shakira's song
    Matt: I heard about this. I couldn't believe it. Someone told me that recently... Shakira actually sent my wife and I her new DVD with a sweet note and we know her and she's great. I'm honoured to be in one of her videos. (So you’re a fan?) Oh yeah, yeah. I live in a Latin house. (So you have to be?) Not even have to be. It’s just the way it is.

    On his rumored role as Two-Face in The Dark Knight
    Matt: It was a scheduling thing [so I couldn't do it]. I didn't speak to Chris Nolan. I'm a big Chris Nolan fan. But Aaron Eckhart was great.

    On Hereafter
    Clint: It's a story that is actually three stories of people who have had traumatic experiences in their life. And how they converge with one another. And it ends up with the three stories coming together in one big sequence. It's very well written by Peter Morgan.

  • More interviews for The People Speak are at The Nation, Mediaweek (with a cover article), The Daily Beast and PopEater.

  • Matt is reportedly on the cover of Bicycling magazine in relation to the Cape Argus event. PopSugar has some additional details from the article.

    Matt Damon and his brother Kyle participated in South Africa's Cape Argus Tour earlier this year, and now their adventures are being chronicled in the latest addition of Bicycling magazine. Kyle encouraged Matt to take on the challenge shortly before filming began on Invictus, much to the dismay of the film's producers. Both men came out of the experience stronger, at least according to Kyle's version of the story — Matt only complained that his backside was, "swollen in the shape of a bike seat."

  • Matt is the focus of an article at Awards Daily. Clint Eastwood is interviewed at The Daily Beast. And a few quotes from reviews at Philadelphia Weekly and the South African Daily Maverick are below. There are no reports available from Matt's appearance on The Early Show on Tuesday (if the interview did proceed as scheduled).

    Philadelphia Weekly
    A freakishly buffed-up Matt Damon co-stars as Springboks captain Francois Pienaar. Honestly, he doesn't get much in the way of character development or background information, but Damon makes a middling role fascinating all the same. Watch as he settles into his newfound sense of responsibility almost silently, slowly but surely assuming leadership and commanding more and more of Eastwood’s carefully composed frames. It makes perfect sense to me that these two stealthy, unassuming artists have already begun shooting another picture together. Eastwood and Damon are both so naturally reticent and quietly effective; it was only a matter of time.

    The Daily Maverick
    The other very human part comes with the other main character. Somehow, they’ve made Matt Damon look Afrikaans. He has the slightly pinched features of Pienaar, the right tint of blonde that always marked him out amid the mud. His accent defies the critics’ best hopes of a target. He somehow brings a sense of innocence to Pienaar, who only realised halfway through the tournament that this wasn’t really about rugby at all.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Family

    The press need to learn to butt out of Matt's family life, he is so private, leave him be.

    EM
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 10th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Early Show

    I caught most of The Early Show. Matt was not on any of the segments I saw, and his appearance wasn't mentioned. I think he wasn't on. My DVR had him scheduled for Friday. I'll tape it and see.

    And I totally agree that the press has no need to pry into his family. I hate to think about them geting phone calls from nosy reporters, especially if someone is ill.

    Paula
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: December 10th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt was on the Early show to talk about Invictus and it sounds like they will be airing another interview tomorrow talking about the People speak.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3xTbNjEv2I
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Links

    Thanks for the posts. I've been saving up on the links, but the first is worth copying now.

    A really cute interview from EW (though at Extra) with Matt and Josh Brolin talking about Woody Allen and working with directors:
    http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2009/12/matt_damon_dissed_by_woody_allen.php

    The Access Hollywood interview:
    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/damon-and-freeman-on-invictus/6erqccr

    Good interview (based on junket):
    http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/story.html?id=2323158

    Matt really wants to be on 30 Rock:
    http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/12/09/ask-ausiello-spoilers-24-greys-castle/

    Video interview:
    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/hollywood_wrap&id=7162090
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Leno

    There's a preview of Matt juggling on Leno available (in the US only) at the Leno site:
    http://www.thejaylenoshow.com/video/clips/matt-damon-will-he-drop-the-ball/1184060

    And the interview from the Daily 10 with Ben Lyons is on YouTube - Matt talks about missing the Oscars for The Departed but says "we'll go" if Invictus is nominated
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZUXYy1zTmU

    Edited at 2009-12-11 03:07 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Unicef ball

    Matt may be attending the Unicef ball in LA tonight which is honoring Jerry Weintraub. - Update - he is there in black tie.

    I thought Leno would be pre-taped or done by video, but it appears to have filmed live in LA today. Yep - he juggled while reciting the Declaration of Independence.

    Edited at 2009-12-11 03:56 am (UTC)
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