Matt Damon and Brad Pitt haven’t made a movie together since Ocean’s Thirteen, but Movieline hears that the two actors have both been cast in an upcoming film directed by George Miller. No, not Miller’s Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. I’m warning you, temper your expectations a little.
Pitt and Damon will both be voicing characters in Miller’s Happy Feet 2, a 3-D sequel to his 2006 animated film. They’ll be joining original cast members who include Robin Williams and Elijah Wood.
Warner Bros. refused comment on the casting, but Movieline sources say that it’s a done deal — in fact, both Pitt and Damon were recording for it this week.
MATT DAMON "The Informant" How He Got Here: Steven Soderbergh's corporate satire was a pic that might have gotten lost if not for the inclusion of comedy perfs, where Damon's committed, earnest performance as an out-of-control FBI linchpin for a massive price-fixing case -- an instance of true-life craziness lending itself easily to movie laughs -- fit perfectly for the HFPA. With an entirely different Damon getting recognized in the supporting actor category as a rugby captain in "Invictus," it's a year of showcase versatility for the much-in-demand thesp, who previously won a screenplay Globe for "Good Will Hunting." Besides, funny mustaches do well here. (Think past winners Sacha Baron Cohen, Gene Hackman and George Clooney.)
What was your first conversation like with Clint Eastwood?
Alan Horn, the head of Warner Bros called me – I’ve known him from having done the Ocean’s movies there – and said, ‘I have found something for you with Clint,’ because he knew I was a big fan of Clint.
So, he sent me the script and I read it and thought it was just incredible. I called Clint’s office and I had a phone call I remember because the woman who answered the phone said, “Yes, he wants to speak with you but he is on a vacation with his family and I don’t have any number to reach him. So he might call in at some point during the day but he might not until the end of the week. I guarantee when he calls in, I will give him the message.” I hang up the phone and told my wife: that’s the dream right there: completely living his life on his terms. I told my wife, “I’ve figured out who/what I want to be later on in my career.” But eventually we spoke and had a great conversation.
What are your most vivid memories from your South African experience making this movie?
There are a lot. To have worked on a Clint Eastwood movie about Mandela that is just beyond anything I could have hoped for. The other thing about working with Clint is that every morning I had breakfast with my children and I had dinner with my children.
It is just unheard of. To be able to see Cape Town with my kids and show them around and share that experience with them was really special.