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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,, 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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