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  • Matt discussed the Robert Kennedy project and other topics at the Inquirer:

    Sporting gray hair now but still looking boyish (he will probably be described boyish for many more years), Matt, 39, said, "My kids keep me in shape. But they are also giving me a lot of gray hair."

    Paul said that you are one of the great physical actors. How strong are you in real life?
    I try to exercise a lot. Oftentimes, just following the three little kids around is plenty of exercise already.

    How do you reward yourself for all the success you’ve had?
    The cheeseburgers at the Shake Shack.

    Do you celebrate in any particular way?
    Not really. But eating something good is about as crazy as I get. My wife and I love to eat so if we can justify it in any way – "Hey, the movie opened and it did really well. Let’s go get something good to eat." "Hey, the movie opened and it bombed. Let’s go get something good to eat (laughter)."

    Can you talk about your next Clint Eastwood movie?
    It's called "Hereafter." It felt really good when we shot it. I think it’s going to be good. It consists of three different stories dealing with death. It’s kind of a supernatural thriller involving a Frenchwoman who is a journalist in a tsunami and has a near-death experience; twin boys in London, one of whom dies and the other becomes obsessed over where his brother went; and I’m the third person, a psychic who lives in San Francisco. These stories converge at the end of the movie. It’s really beautiful. Peter Morgan wrote the script. I really have high hopes for that one.

  • Matt discussed Lucy's cooking in this brief video interview.

  • Matt started filming True Grit in New Mexico early last week, and had a visit from local sheriff Greg Solano on set.

  • By Thursday Matt was back in New York and seen with Lucy and their kids at Central Park.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 21st, 2010 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)


    An interesting article on Green Zone's marketing strategy:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I agree wholeheartedly with the comments at heyuguys. It seems there is a disconnect between production and marketing. Production has some guts, and marketing has no guts whatsoever. So they deceive, which just ticks people off, and then those people tell their friends. The same fate befell The Informant. A movie deliberately mismarketed as a laugh riot, when it's really a character study, and a spectacular one.

    At the Movies featured a brief special segment at the end of the show this week on Matt. Words like terrific and magnetic were thrown around. Nice to hear!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 22nd, 2010 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    I'm surprised that on Twitter about 85% of the comments I see about Green Zone are positive. People like the movie, but that doesn't necessarily mean the movie will have good word of mouth and long lasting box office - see Invictus.

    I don't know how much it affected things, but this couldn't have helped - there were copies of Green Zone available on the Internet about two weeks before it was released, and the copies are apparently good. I don't know why the studios don't do more to to stop copies once they are online, or stop people promoting the online versions.

    And thanks for the At the movies comment - I hadn't seen any reports from the show. I know Michael Phillips had issues with the movie.

    Edited at 2010-03-22 06:23 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 22nd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Cinematheque Award

    Details of the presenters at the Cinematheque Award on Saturday:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Cinematheque Award

    More details from the Hollywood Reporter:

    Ben Affleck will present the 24th American Cinematheque Award to Matt Damon, with whom he wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," at the Cinematheque's tribute to Damon on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    As part of the evening, Tom Luddy, co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival, will be honored with the second annual Sydney Pollack Award, presented by Rick Nicita, Cinematheque board of directors chairman. The award honors an individual who has been of critical importance and continuing influence in non-profit film exhibition, film preservation and/or independent film distribution.

    Also participating in the tribute are Damon's colleagues Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Charlize Theron and Robin Williams. George Clooney and Ben Stiller will appear in individual, pre-taped comedy sketches, while President Clinton will narrate a piece about Damon's humanitarian efforts.

    ABC will broadcast the tribute at a date to be announced.

    Edited at 2010-03-23 01:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It will be very funny to see Matt, so genuinely humble, be mortified by the whole thing.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: award

    Absolutely. George and Julia Roberts were previously tapped as presenters, so they have dropped out (George is on location filming and will submit a video). And bonus involvement by Bill Clinton.

    Edited at 2010-03-23 01:14 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: award

    Im surprised theres been nothing said about Brad Pitt and Angelina with either a taped message or possibly being there but Ben presenting it is the perfect choice for obvious reasons, im lookig forward to seeing this.

    Also went to see GreenZone at the weekend and loved it, so not Bourne, well done Matt, another great film to add to your collection, i love your choices in the films you are making, The Informant is out on dvd soon so im looking forward to seeing that as well seeing as i missed it at the pictures.

    Also 1 bus left in my city with Matt on it, ill make the most of my morning views as i think that will be gone by next week and then back to boring old mornings.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 24th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: award

    There's no date yet set for when the show will appear on ABC. Hoping it will also be available outside of the US.
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