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Interviews, Oscar rehearsals
  • Matt attended a rehearsal for the Oscar ceremony on Saturday, with a report and photos at Yahoo. Matt also discussed the Oscars experience with Fox LA:

    There were so many stars inside the Kodak Theatre Saturday, it looked like a casual version of Oscar night.

    Instead of the glamorous gowns and tuxedoes they'll wear for Sunday's big show, the stars were relaxed in jeans and sneakers. And instead of being live on the air in front of millions, they performed behind closed doors for a small crowd of show workers.

    Damon wore a hooded sweat shirt and knit cap as he rehearsed, pausing from time to time to marvel at the show's stunning set.

    It's been 12 years since Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for penning the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," launching their Hollywood careers. But Damon, who is nominated for playing South Africa rugby team captain Francois Pienaar in "Invictus," said he doesn't expect to have any jitters going into the ceremony -- mainly because he figures Christoph Waltz is the sure-fire winner. So he figures he can relax this time around. "I'm looking forward to it. My career's in a different place now, my life is in a different place than it was 12 years ago," he told ABC7 . "I'm very happy. It's going to be a nice night."

  • On Friday night Matt and Lucy attended a pre-Oscar party at the home of a William Morris Endeavor agent.

    William Morris Endeavor talent agency topper Ari Emanuel kicked off his Oscar weekend Friday with a celebration for clients and friends -- including Taylor Lautner, Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Janet Jackson, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham, Renee Zellweger and Ryan Phillippe.

    At Emanuel's Brentwood home, old pals (and Oscar winners) Affleck and Damon talked shop while their wives, Garner and Luciana Barroso, chatted up a storm.

    The A-listers convened under a large tent in the back of the property, where sushi and cocktails were passed. Tyra Banks posed while Ben's brother Casey Affleck waved to Topher Grace, who was deep in conversation with Kate Bosworth.

  • A preview of Matt and Greg Kinnear's interview on Moviefone is available here, where they discuss the Oscar nominations and Matt praises Up.

  • Details of the Entourage Season 6 DVD, which includes the OneXOne promotion and commentaries, is available here.

  • Interviews with Matt to promote Green Zone are available at The Times, California Chronicle and the Star Ledger. Some excerpts:

    The Times:
    "Ask anybody on the street which actors starred in the Ocean’s movies, and they’ll tell you it was George and Brad," shrugs Matt Damon, playing down the stats with which I have just tried to wow him. Stats that say that, in the past decade, his films made $3 billion worldwide, compared with George Clooney’s meagre $2.3 billion and Brad Pitt’s tabloid-headline-assisted $3.5 billion. Damon should like stats — he played the maths god Will Hunting, after all — but he looks nonplussed. "I'm 'support' in Ocean’s. As I was in Saving Private Ryan — Tom [Hanks] carried that movie. You could accuse me of piggybacking on other people’s brilliance more than anything."

    You heard it from the man himself. Despite a career reaping both cash and plaudits, the 39-year-old simply doesn’t believe he has the star wattage of Clooney or Pitt. They’re hot enough to make even the stillest heart go boom. Damon? Last month, he was second fiddle to Morgan Freeman in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.

    So, those stats. How about he turns the shakes to nods, accepts a compliment and makes sure he catches that flight home? No. "I’m sure they have very accurate metrics on how to compensate people for what they’re actually worth in Hollywood, and I’m not the big-pay-cheque guy, so clearly they know what the reality is," he insists, his inferiority complex so knotted, he doesn’t even believe the films he makes are offered to him first. "No, I think they go to Brad. Which is okay."

    I am the last interview of the day, and as we end he’s up, off to the airport to fly back to his Argentina-born wife, Luciana Bozan Barroso, a former bartender, and their children, Isabella and Gia. "Awesome," he exclaims. We shake hands again. He's well built, not particularly tall, quite normal-looking, if truth be told — something that made his award as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2007 all the more of a refreshing break from the George’n’Brads.

    On receiving the award, Damon said: "You've given an ageing suburban dad the ego boost of a lifetime." People responded by saying that he was bestowed the honour for his "irresistible sense of humour, his dedication to his family and his heart-melting humility". Not every star needs to burn out on the front pages.

    California Chronicle:
    But despite his hectic schedule, Damon admits that he has no plans to start taking things a bit easier.

    He said: "I can't see me taking time off unless the work dries up."

    Star Ledger:
    But what brought Damon to this place? He seemed programmed to be a nice, upper-middle-class Cambridge academic (the son of a stockbroker and a professor, he studied English at Harvard — but never finished those last few credits). So how did he end up as an Oscar-nominated actor, pal of George and Brad and pseudonemesis of Jimmy Kimmel?

    "I don’t know, teenage narcissism?" he hazards with a laugh. "I remember, my application to college, the first line in my essay was, `As long as I can remember, I wanted to be an actor.’ My mother taught early childhood education, and she said she knew from when I was 2. I was always dressing up, making up stories — I had a vibrant fantasy life, and my mom was great about encouraging that."

    But getting behind the camera and making his own film is something he wants to do, and soon.

    "Of course, Clint didn’t start directing ’til he was 39," he notes. "It’s funny, I never thought I’d do anything but acting. But the feeling of shepherding something to the very end is a much deeper, richer feeling than just coming in as a hired gun. I had that feeling a little bit with 'Good Will Hunting,' and I would just love to keep writing movies like that, directing movies like that. I know so many actors and have so many great friends who I can call up and say, 'Hey — let’s make a movie.'"

  • Matt's fun interview with David Letterman is available on YouTube.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Letterman show

    Great, Great updates in the last week on what's going on. I watched the Letterman show on Friday -- it was a lot of fun to watch! Letterman obviously is fond of Matt as a guest and it played like two buddies chatting it up at a bar.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman show

    Thanks. And the Letterman show was fun - Matt seemingly steered away from the prepared topic a few times and made it more interactive.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Damon: 'I piggyback on other actors

    I found this and im not sure how interviews work and how much of this Matt said himself but i wish he wouldnt say things like this, yes Oceans has George and Brad but Matt realy stood out in the 3rd one, i love his films, he's not the big gun like Brad but who cares he is talented in his own right.

    I personally think he deserves an Oscar win, it wont happen tonight but i hope he does win soon, he realy deserves it, an underrated actor.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Damon: 'I piggyback on other actors

    That's taken from the Times article, which I've linked and quoted from in the latest post.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    Did anyone see this?

    Twitter post:
    @extratv: Matt Damon tells @Extra about his wife and baby on way. Says he and #Oscar-nominee George Clooney will be “at the bar.”

    Lucy looks lovely in flowing pink strapless dress.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars

    Lucy looks beautifull love her dress and so so happy about the baby news
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
    As expected, Christopher W. took the best supporting actor award. But Matt and Lucy look great tonight. First time I've ever heard Lucy's voice when she spoke on the red carpet tonight.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    I missed that. On which show did she speak (and what did she talk about)? She stayed in the background on the E coverage.


    From EW:
    @ew: Stanley Tucci and Matt Damon went straight to the bar after losing. Bought each other a drink and toasted their loss.
    Damon and Tucci are back at the bar. When asked if they're going back into the theater, they both say, "No!." Damon adds, "We're done."

    Edited at 2010-03-08 02:09 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    She spoke on the Walking the Red Carpet pre-show. They asked her what she thought of Matt in Invictus. She spoke very briefly saying something about Matt and the movie being great. I don't know the name of the interviewer but it was a man who was doing 1-2 minute interviews with many celebrities on the red carpet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt presented the Best Documentary Feature award to The Cove (one of his favorite films of the year).

    After the award Ben Lyons tweeted:

    @iamBenLyons: Matt Damon just told me that while he was presenting, Clooney was heckling him from the front row! Ha! Go to www.onexone.org @THEDAILY10
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