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Green Zone premiere, concert
  • Matt and Lucy attended the world premiere of Green Zone in New York on Thursday night. Matt sported a new mustache for True Grit, and told ET that he has just started growing it and will see if the directors (the Coen brothers) like it. Photos are at Yahoo, Herald Dispatch, Just Jared and Zimbio.

  • At the after-party Matt talked to columnist Roger Friedman, including the standard talk about a possible Bourne sequel. Writer Brian Koppelman's response to the film was on his Twitter.

    Greengrass told me, "I don’t think I’ll do it. I’ve done it." A Universal source said, "We have to wait for a script." Damon doesn't know. He's pushing "Green Zone" and getting ready for the role of his life in the Coen Bros.’ update of "True Grit."

    "It’s based on the original novel, not the John Wayne movie," he said. "The script is amazing. And yes, it’s violent."

    A soft persistent snow fell ceaselessly while Damon et al chowed down on Nobu specialities like rock shrimp and sashimi salad. No one wanted to leave, starting with knockout international model Frederique van der Wal, actress Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, or even out of left field guest former Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy.

    Matt did tell me a couple more things of interest. He and Ben Affleck have set up a deal to try and make the story of Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Petersen. But it’s a long way down the road, since no script exists and no one’s sure how to write the saga of teammates who switched wives. Screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Oceans 13," "Rounders") said they’d been collecting info on the two couples for years. Maybe they'll wind up writing it.

    "Ben has always wanted to make that film," said Matt.

    briankoppelman: Just saw Green Zone. That right there is a feature film. See on big screen. Keep the studios taking the chance to make movies like this.

  • Photos of Matt, Lucy and friends arriving and leaving the Black Eyed Peas concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night are at JJB (Splash photo via OMG), PopSugar and X17, which also has a short video.

  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    I thought the stubble looked ridiculous on the first few photos but it's actually rather nice close-up!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    The 'tache

    And we'll watch it grow with all the appearances over the next few weeks. But at the Oscars, in front of a worldwide audience? Eek.

    I'm sure the Coen brothers will be happy if it's on the comical side anyway.

    New photo just added.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The 'tache

    Haha, thankfully he doesn't seem to take the Oscars (or indeed himself) too seriously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The 'tache

    I love Matt with a bit of stubble remember him in The Legend of Bagger Vance early on in the film - yummy

    Also Lucy as always looks beautifull, i love her dress, the colour realy suits her
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 26th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice report about Matt's upcoming movies from Comingsoon.net He talks about how Bourne could continue. Both his Soderbergh movies and the Kennedy movie. He also says he is interested in doing a play.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 27th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Other articles

    Wonder if the play is Kenneth Lonergan's about the country singer which he auditioned for years ago.

    And other junket articles:

    Kennedy script due in a month:

    Passed on Avatar due to Bourne Ultimatum:

    He's in shape because he runs after the kids:

    Why Greengrass is done with Bourne:

    Matt on working with Greengrass again:

    Four star Empire review:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)


    First--I'm loving the hot disheveled, marlboro-man thing. Second--I had a feeling that Matt Liked hip hop, and this confirmed it. Very cool. Third, Lucy's shoes are fierce, but she must have been cold. It's freezing in NYC!
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