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Chelsea v Arsenal, interviews
  • Matt attended the Chelsea v Arsenal English Premier League (soccer) match in London on Sunday with Paul Greengrass. A photo and report is here.

  • Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving their hotel on Saturday are at Celebmad.

  • An interview with Matt about filming in London and Invictus is at Capital FM. A good London radio interview with Johnny Vaughan from 2007 is at here. Excerpts below are from a profile (Invictus London junket quotes only) at the Independent:

    In one sense, Damon's biggest magic trick is that he is one of the most recognisable and most bankable actors working today. The sense of illusion is because Damon doesn't seem to be a star in any way, shape or form. He seems just like your average guy. He could be a cop or a fireman, a banker or a bar tender. He could work in IT.

    It's a Sunday morning in London, and as he sits to talk about Invictus, alongside Eastwood and Morgan Freeman (who also earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mandela), he cuts a somewhat unassuming figure, although it would be hard for any man to really shine in the presence of Eastwood. He sits down in the chair, stocky and well built, in plain jeans and a black shirt, and runs through his involvement in the film -- already his latest success story.

    If Invictus is a continuation of the second act that looked so unlikely at one point, the third act of Damon's career, whenever that may begin, is likely to take place behind the camera. "I can't wait to direct," he has said. "I choose my movies based on the director and so I've been treating the last 12 years like a film school. And all the directors I've worked with have been very tolerant of my questions. The next step is for me to try it myself."

    As he speaks today, he references Coppola and Antonioni, De Sica and, of course, Eastwood. Damon seems fascinated by the industry. At times, it seems like he even knows that he is an unlikely figure to be someone of such influence, so makes up for it with knowledge of directors and camera angles, balance sheets and budgets.
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    layne67 From: layne67 Date: February 8th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Any idea whether Matt is Chelsea's or Arsenal's fan? :)

    Though from the book he's holding I'm thinking Chelsea?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Most of the Twitter and journo reports claim Chelsea - he appeared to be wearing a Chelsea scarf and their program, around other Chelsea supporters.

    On my coverage (BBC?) there were two crosses to Matt in the second half - once to Matt and Paul smiling and laughing as Paul seemed to be describing the game, and the other to Matt giving Didier Drogba a standing ovation as he left the field late.

    This journo is inspired by Matt's appearance at the game:

    There's also a few Twitter reports that Matt walked through the Chelsea press room and confirmed he is a Chelsea fan.

    BluesChronicle: Matt Damon has just waltzed through the Stamford Bridge press lounge wearing a big smile and a silly hat. #chelsea #mattdamon

    BluesChronicle: News from Stamford Bridge: Matt Damon has just confirmed that he is a Chelsea fan. Invictus indeed.

    philmcnulty: Matt Damon has just strolled through the Chelsea press room. Seems a jolly nice chap.#fb

    Edited at 2010-02-08 01:31 pm (UTC)
    layne67 From: layne67 Date: February 9th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm glad to hear that since I'm a Chelsea fan myself. Hopefully there'll be pics of him with the team soon, or with Terry and Lampard.
    From: gachyy Date: February 8th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    His proximity to futbol (soccer) is thanks to Lucy (she's fan of Boca Juniors, Argentinian's team)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Not really. He's always been a fan of all sports, including soccer. He's attended a soccer game with Greengrass before in London, talked about following the World Cup, and stayed up late watching matches with a Leeds? supporter during the filming of other movies overseas.

    Edited at 2010-02-08 09:46 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New movie for Matt and Soderberg?

    Very interesting report at the playlist.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: New movie for Matt and Soderberg?

    Tis interesting. Scott Z Burns discussed the project in detail at an online audio interview, and he's fascinated in the subject - as reported here:

    Great cast - Matt, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard.

    Liberace will now film in early 2011.

    Edited at 2010-02-09 01:16 am (UTC)
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