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Green Zone interviews, project updates
  • Matt and Paul Greengrass attended a filmmaker's discussion at the Apple store in Soho, New York, on Friday night. Photos are from Zimbio, and a report of the discussion is at Poisonivyjones.



    The Q&A also took a less serious tone, with Damon realizing "I always have to do a lot of running in all of your movies," and talking briefly about upcoming flick True Grit.

    "I'm really excited to work with the Coen Brothers, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin," Damon said, when asked if there's anyone he wanted to work with but hasn't.

    "That's why I have this mustache. Either that, or I'm getting into 80's porn."

  • Photos and reports from the premiere are at I Need My Fix, Celebitchy, PopSugar, Showbiz 411, Socialite Life, Fashion Week Daily and Patrick McMullan. Random attendees at the premiere included George Nolfi, Howard Stern, Anthony LaPaglia, Saffron Burrows, Dustin Lance Black and Darren Aronofsky.

    Matt talked about not taking the role in Avatar at Access Hollywood, and premiere interviews are also at Access Hollywood.

    Individual interviews with the cast and film clips are also at Trailer Addict - a quote from Brendan Gleeson is below. In the interview at E! Matt was seen and heard saying "Nice work Luc!" as Lucy finished her red carpet photos and walked inside. And a comment from the Boston Globe about the premiere is below.




    A mustachioed Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of director Paul Greengrass’s new movie, “Green Zone.’’ Word is the Boston-bred actor will be spending a lot more time in the Big Apple. (He has a place there, but the family’s primary residence is in Florida.) Matt and the missus have been looking at property in Manhattan in recent months, and now we’re told that Damon’s mom, educator Nancy Carlsson-Paige, is checking out private schools for her grandchildren to attend.

    Brendan Gleeson on Matt
    Absolutely phenomenal. He’s just a brilliant actor and a brilliant person. Extraordinarily generous. Nothing gets away in the work. Thorough. Gifted. I don’t know what you can say about him. A lot of fun. Was just great. He’s a great guy. Great actor.

  • The Green Zone junket at the Ritz Carlton continues over the weekend. Matt talked about the Robert Kennedy project at Reuters and a myriad of projects at Coming Soon, including a comment that he is still looking to do a play in the short term.
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    Reuters
    Earlier this week, celebrity websites trumpeted headlines that Damon would soon portray the slain U.S. presidential candidate and member of the Kennedy clan, but had yet to see a screenplay. Friday, the actor confirmed those accounts.

    "I haven't seen a script yet but I have been talking to (director) Gary Ross about that for over a year, and we are both really excited to do it," Damon told Reuters in an interview promoting his upcoming action film, "Green Zone."

    "You have always got to wait for the script. Gary is a great writer and a great director, so I am confident that it is going to happen. The script is coming in next month."

    Coming Soon
    While Greengrass is exploring his options of what to do next, for Damon, he'll be working with the Coen Brothers' on their Western True Grit, something he's really looking forward to start on March 15:

    "It's a really great script. They adapted it from the book and the book is amazing, I'd never read it, but it's worth the read. I love Westerns, but I really love the Coen Brothers, so I'm looking forward to that, definitely."

    Afterwards, Damon was asked about the Untitled Robert F. Kennedy Film that was recently reported:

    "Evan Thomas wrote a new biography of him and Gary Ross has the rights to it, so yeah, we're hoping to (do that) but there's no script yet. It's a little ways off, but a script's supposed to come in next month, so hopefully, it'll be great and I'll have a job for the fall."

    He also addressed the two potential movies he would do with his other regular collaborator Steven Soderbergh, Contagion and a Liberace biopic:

    "'Contagion,' Scott Burns who wrote 'The Informant!' handed in this great script and it's timely, so it's more of an ensemble piece and I'm going to play a small part in that and then we're going to do Liberace sometime next year. None of (these movies) are actually lined-up like we're starting here and we have a green light. They're all things that I'm really excited about that are movable pieces depending on Steven's schedule. If this RFK thing goes then that might change. There's a play I really want to do. But they're all just really exciting things that are out there."

  • Matt also talked about filming a new project about the global economic crisis with Paul Greengrass at Cinema Blend, with Paul also confirming they are looking to continue working together (just not on Bourne) at Collider:

    Just because the Bourne series has ended for the two, it does not mean that they are done working together, in fact, quite the opposite. According to Greengrass, when asked about future projects, he mentioned that the two would continue to team up, and Damon expanded on that, saying that they are currently thinking about a film based on the current financial crisis, but they have yet to "figure out what the way in is."

    Greengrass: You never know. A family film…you know, listen, I’ll still make, I want to do…Matt and I want to do some things, continue our partnership. We’ll certainly be doing that. You know, it’s just time to move on. That’s what happens. Listen, you be the first to say if I came back and did a bad one, you’d go, "they should have found somebody else".

  • Feature articles about the making of Green Zone are at the New York Times and the LA Times.

  • Finally, an excerpt from Empire's four star review of Green Zone:

    Instead, Greengrass has married politics with popcorn. Yes, Green Zone has substance, but it is, first and foremost, a breakneck action film — tense, frenetic and exciting.

    Damon is perfectly cast, not just for his now undoubted physical prowess — he can knock heads with anyone, come out bloody but unbowed — but because of his integrity. It was crucial to cast someone who wouldn’t showboat through the slaughter, reducing the real-life tragedy to dashing heroics and glib action prowess. Here is an actor who shows the blows not just to his body, but to his mind. He is playing a patriot — not a left-leaning hand-wringer, but a soldier determined to do his duty, struggling to believe the incompetence or malice that surrounds him.
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    Comments
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Moustache

    Thats fine if Matt is getting in to 80's porn films im happy to be his co star no fee required!!!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Good article from NY Times

    After reading it, I have a feeling it will be a great popcorn movie with a message. Pictures of Matt are great -- I like the stubble and mustache for a change.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As I noted in an earlier post, the trailers for GZ show Matt at Bourne-like intensity, a great way to sell the film. This could be a great film that makes big bank. Let's keep our fingers crossed; that would enhance Matt's business rep, never a bad thing.

    Is it my imagination, but as a guy who just digs Matt's acting and his persona, I have to ask: is he getting even better-looking as he gets a little older? He is one lucky dog.

    I.B.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 27th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm amazed at how his look and persona changes with a little stubble. He's lucky to have such an interesting, versatile face.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 27th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interview

    Another report from the junket interview where Matt goes into detail about upcoming projects, including Hereafter, and how he's practicing his magnanimous look when he loses the Oscar:

    http://www.collider.com/2010/02/27/matt-damon-talks-future-projects-oscars-and-directing-his-first-feature-info-on-the-coen-brothers-true-grit-the-rfk-project-with-gary-ross-clint-eastwoods-hereafter-liberace-contagion-more/

    Edited at 2010-02-27 10:45 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Comments re Obama

    Matt's very mild comment here re Obama now appears to have upset Democrats. Is no mild criticism allowed of politicians in the US? This will not be a news item on the main page.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/02/28/2010-02-28_green_zone_star_matt_damon_is_disappointed_in_president_barack_obama_passes_on_b.html
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video

    Good video footage from the premiere from E!:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we3XqCAZznM
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: March 1st, 2010 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt on the cover of Esquire (middle east)

    http://twitpic.com/15w5jf
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2010 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Esquire

    Saw that. It has to be an old interview as he doesn't appear to be on the cover of the current or upcoming issues of Esquire US or UK. Or it's a junket interview made into a cover.
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