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SAG Awards, Haiti
  • Matt and Lucy attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA on Saturday. Matt didn't win, but he mouthed the words 'Hi Alexia' to his step-daughter when his name was announced. Photos (including one with Jeff Bridges) are from Getty and Zimbio, with a panoramic photo at the LA Times.

  • For the 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon on Friday, Matt and Clint were shown live in San Francisco and gave a tribute to UN worker Andrew Grene. A transcript of their comments is below, and the clip is available at a website honoring Grene here. Photos from the telecast are from here and here. After the live cross Matt filmed a scene for Hereafter near Grace Cathedral in San Francisco with Jay Mohr and Richard Kind.

    MATT DAMON, ACTOR: Andrew Grene went to Haiti for all the right reasons -- to bring peace to a people who longed for it. He worked as a political affairs officer in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti. He was devoted to his job. He loved the Haitian people and hung their paintings on his walls. He was a husband. He was a father to three beautiful children. And he lived by a creed that everyone deer deserves the same chances to succeed in life.
    On January 12, 2010, at 4:53 in the afternoon, he gave his life for that creed.

    CLINT EASTWOOD, ACTOR/DIRECTOR: Andrew was 44 years old when he lost his life as the U.N. headquarters collapsed. Seventy courageous and dedicated people like Andrew died during -- doing that -- doing the work that they loved. And 146 others are still missing. For the United Nations, it was the largest single day of loss in their history.

    DAMON: As we move forward in helping the Haitian people, let's also take a minute and remember our fallen peacekeepers from all over the world. They were devoted to their work. Some were volunteers, but they all gave their lives while helping others. Let's make sure that their sacrifice was not in vain.

  • Matt is also providing support to Haiti in less publicized ways - reports are from the Boston Globe and the Durango Herald.

    Boston Globe
    At noontime Thursday in Boston, more than 40 staff members crowded into the main conference room in the headquarters of Partners in Health for the daily "People, Planes and Stuff Meeting,’’ to track the swirl of flights, surgeons, and supplies pouring into Haiti.

    Team leaders gave terse reports: Four flights chartered by the group are en route to Haiti, including "the LA-Matt Damon plane."

    Celebrities are helping, too. Matt Damon arranged to fly surgeons from Los Angeles on Mel Gibson’s jet.

    Durango Herald
    Monitoring her e-mail on a laptop, [Durango doctor Wendy] Grant opened a message from her sister, Susannah Grant, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

    From Los Angeles, Susannah Grant had contacted actor Matt Damon's people about assistance. In the e-mail, her sister indicated that space had been secured aboard a cargo plane to get supplies to the hospital through ONEXONE, an organization Damon is involved with.

  • A quote from actress Mila Kunis in People:

    Invictus. It was so good. Matt Damon was amazing.

  • Matt is interviewed by Adrian Grenier for Grenier's new documentary showing at Sundance, Teenage Paparazzo.

  • At the Coffs Coast Advocate, Matt talked about his first discussion with Clint Eastwood about Invictus, and how he amazingly told Clint that his role shouldn't be made any larger.

    Matt: He said: 'Well, this part needs to have a little more to it.' We talked of how great we both thought the script was. And it’s very rare to get a great script right away in Hollywood. It was a very emotional experience reading the script—wonderful story, uplifting. It really moved me.

    I was just puzzled. It is just a great script and he said: 'Yes, it is.' We were kind of marveling. He said: 'Well, I think your part should be a little bigger.' And I said: 'I’d be careful with that. I wouldn’t really change anything with this. I think it's pretty perfect.' My role obviously is a supporting role because it is very much a story about Mandela, but at least on paper all the supporting roles are very fleshed out and supporting the narrative in the right way. You understand who people are. You don’t want to mess around too much with our parts to make anyone too big or too small so as to not ruin the ensemble and take away from Mandela, who really should be the focus.
  • 15 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)


    Here's a great collection of Matt photos from Reuters over the years from Caras. There are only three stills from films - how many events can you recognise? I could do all but two definitively. (My favorite is probably the pic of Matt with Pedro Martinez from the Sox game, or some Bourne Ultimatum promo tour pics).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    I love the first photo of Matt and Lucy at the awards last night, they look so happy, great to see, Matt's done a fantastic job with Haiti, he looks tired though, i hope he gets a couple of days rest.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Not much rest ahead. He'll be back shooting Hereafter on Monday in San Francisco before finishing on Wednesday. Then it's off to London for the Invictus premiere next Friday and a few more weeks of filming. And even when Hereafter finishes he will start True Grit in March.

    Such a busy schedule, but it's great to see Lucy's there for every part of it, even the third awards ceremony in two weeks where Matt has little to no chance of winning.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Schedule

    Lucy's a great support for him which you need with that kind of work schedule, im gutted though i go to London the week after Matt's there for his premier and i cant change my dates, typical.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Schedule

    That's really bad timing. Matt's only ever done a few big London premieres: The Talented Mr Ripley (I was at that one) and Bourne Ultimatum. He also attended Ben's premiere for Hollywoodland in London.

    Sorry, the Invictus premiere is on Sunday.

    Edited at 2010-01-25 11:20 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 24th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Random note

    At the SAG Awards Lucy's wearing the same dress she wore at the Ocean's Thirteen premiere at Cannes. Thrifty!

    Here's a photo from the Cannes after-party (with George and Jules Asner):

    Edited at 2010-01-24 01:04 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Random note

    I thought i recognised it, its still lovely though. She always looks pretty
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Just seen the first advert for the film on UK tv, released on 5th Feb and it looks great, i will definitely go and see this at the cinema.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 24th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I recently had a conversation with a male co-worker on actors we admire. He mentioned that there are a lot of actors that are really excellent in their craft but he doesn't think much of them because they are womanizers and/or divorce their wives to get the newer model. He mentioned some names of A list popular actors that he doesn't have respect for because of this.
    But at work, males and females alike, we have respect for Matt Damon for his acting and his home life. Bravo to Matt for not checking into drug/sex rehab clinics, not punching out photographers, not carousing around town like he had special privileges, and not acting like he was a pretentious movie star.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Respect

    Agreed. We can't know everything that's going on, but on every bit of evidence I've seen for over 10 years, Matt's got it all pretty much sorted out. Family first, then just do good work, and make the world a little better for things you care about.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 25th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Anthony Mackie and Jay Mohr

    The Adjustment Bureau must have been a really happy set. He's more great comments about Matt by a co-star, Anthony Mackie:


    You just wrapped on The Adjustment Bureau right? What was the experience working on that film?
    I was playing basically a liaison to fate. Matt Damon was my subject. George Nolfi, who wrote it, also directed it. The great thing about it is, in Hollywood, certain people are very good at keeping their lives and who they are very private. I've never met anybody as down to earth and cool in Hollywood than Matt Damon. It's surprising when you work with somebody, you get to see who they are. It's refreshing to see that somebody on his level can be a cool, down to earth, talking shit over a football game kind of guy.

    That's got to be a relief.
    It's a huge relief. You're still that dude from Boston who likes to have a beer and a slice of pizza and make a five dollar bet on a football game and if you don't pay I get to punch you five times. It's really interesting, and I think it shows in his work. The work that he did in this film, that carries over into that as well. It's going to be a pretty good fucking movie.

    And I'll update with some comments from actor Jay Mohr on his blog, who just worked a few days on Hereafter (which is ahead of schedule).

    Matt Damon gave me advice my first day, “Enjoy all of this because it is going to be over so fast you won’t even know what happened.” And here I am. Sitting at my computer after I have finished filming. I wonder what the hell just happened. I was supposed to work eight days and I only worked 4. The movie is way ahead of schedule. Everyone was so nice. No one even raised their voice. I am a very lucky guy to have had this experience. Whenever someone is kind, I think we should all share it.

    Thank you to Clint (I call him Clint now cuz i’m such a big shot). Thank you to Matt Damon for being one of the guys. He really could have grown up on Valley View Rd. in Verona with me.

    Edited at 2010-01-25 12:10 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 26th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Really sweet to see Matt's shout out to his stepdaughter.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Howard Zinn has died

    Howard Zinn has died suddenly in California.

    I would expect Matt to attend the funeral and possibly miss the London premiere. No funeral details available yet.

    It's good to know that A People's History finally made it to television while he was still alive.


    Edited at 2010-01-28 12:08 am (UTC)
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