While most people had to tune in to the season finale of NBC's "30 Rock" to see Matt Damon Thursday night, 500 residents watched the actor live at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
Damon was honored for his work with Westport-based Save the Children at a fundraiser organized by the agency's Greenwich Leadership Council. The actor, who rose to stardom after writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting," spoke not about the movies, but his role in helping Save the Children raise money to aid people fleeing crushing poverty and political turmoil in Zimbabwe.
Damon said Thursday he hoped the appearance on [Entourage] made people more aware of his commitment to philanthropy, and that he was talking with the show's producers about coming back.
"I'm an actor and a writer, and I like making movies and great television if I can, if I'm lucky enough to be invited on," Damon said. "That's where I can help the most, I think. And so if I can find a way to marry those two things I'm hoping that it can be effective in raising awareness."
Tina Fey has revealed that she would love Matt Damon to return to 30 Rock in the future. Fey explained that Damon, who will appear in the season finale, approached her about a role in the sitcom.
"He came up to us at the SAG Awards," she told E! Online. "He came up to our table and was like, 'Hey, I want to be on your show'.
"And then Glee won Ensemble and he came up and he goes, 'No, I changed my mind, I want to be on that show'. And then he came back a third time and was like, 'No, I'm kidding, seriously, I want to be on your show'. So we were like, 'I think Matt wants to be on the show'."
Fey added that she believes Damon could reprise his role in the future, saying: "Hopefully he will [be back]. He lives here. He was like, 'I live here and my wife wants me to stay home', so hopefully he'll be back. When he's between movies we'll grab him, hopefully. We had a great time in the episode, so yeah, hopefully he'll be back."
Damon, on the other hand, barely has a role to play as the politically clueless captain of the rugby team, and he plays the shit out of it. Is he the most reliably sensible, empathetic, unfailingly intelligent actor of his generation?
I tend to think that’s why he’s a box-office behemoth: there’s something about Damon we trust. We know he will be fast-thinking and communicative and as responsive to dramatic crisis as we would be, even when he’s played sociopaths. (Think The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Informant!, which are, not incidentally, two of Damon’s few non-hits.) Being a movie star isn’t only about acting and beauty - we seek out actors we can believe, and wouldn’t be embarrassed to have, as our surrogates. Damon is for most of us the pointman of choice — try to think of a current movie that wouldn’t be better with him in it.