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Matt Damon News Column

Happy 40th Matt!

  • Matt turns 40 today, and celebrated with a party for family and friends Thursday night in New York. Great photo tributes are at PopSugar and Swoonworthy, and some previous birthday photos are below.

  • Ben says he and Casey are re-writing the script for The Trade, and that Matt may consider directing the film - from MTV.

    "I don't know how it'll come together, acting and directing, but Casey and I have decided to write it together," Affleck said. "Once the script's kind of ready, then it's like: Who's doing what? What's the time frame? Matt, me, Casey directing? Particularly for Matt, he's had this extraordinary career where he's worked with these great directors. He's a very good director who just hasn't directed a movie. Can you imagine? Spending all this time with all these great directors? It’s the only thing I’m really jealous of."

  • EPK footage of Matt and Clint making Hereafter is at ET Online.

  • Tina Fey talked about Matt's possible return to 30 Rock:

    "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm, who has won back-to-back Emmy nods for his disarmingly goofy guest appearances on the sitcom, is due to reprise his role as crushingly handsome but clueless Dr. Drew Baird in the live telecast, but fans will see return engagements for several of their other favorite guest stars as well this season, most notably Matt Damon as Carol, an airline pilot who may just be Liz Lemon's (Fey) dream man. Despite the actor's busy schedule, Fey says she hopes Damon will make recurring appearances on her show.

    "We're also trying to find a way for Carol to be a 'condition' in Liz's life even when Matt the actor is away doing movies or something," she says. "But he's a New Yorker, and he has been very generous with us about doing something, so I feel pretty sure we will see him at least one more time.

  • Doug Liman shot a PSA with Matt for Feeding America earlier in the week. Photos from the shoot are at Liman's blog. Liman later discussed working with Matt again at Movieline.

    Despite the behind-the-scenes fights and acrimonious nature of The Bourne Identity shoot, director Doug Liman has absolutely no hard feelings toward Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon. The director — who was famously barred from directing any Bourne sequels by Universal — was so pleased with Damon that he’d even consider working with him again on The Bourne Legacy. “I would definitely do something with Matt, whether it’s Bourne or something else,” Liman said at the New York premiere of Fair Game last night. Sounds good, though perhaps he should be concentrating on the “something else.”

    Still despite those protestations to the contrary, Liman thinks Damon’s final decision will rest with what’s on the page.

    “Matt and I are both script whores. We really are,” Liman said. “Obviously there is a lot of money to be made on Bourne Identity for me and him. But all Matt cares about is that he believes it will be a good movie and that’s why Matt is still so respected. […] He is the opposite of a sellout. He is a self-proclaimed script whore. As am I.”

  • A very positive review of Hereafter is at Newsweek. The junket for the film should start today, concluding with the NYFF premiere on Sunday.

    Clearly, at this point in his life, questions of mortality aren’t far from Eastwood’s mind, and you can feel his identification with these characters, whose encounters with death both separate them from the rest of the living and give them a sense of urgent purpose. Damon, with his understated but deeply felt performance, and the wonderfully versatile De France supply the movie’s aching soul. And Eastwood keeps it honest. Hereafter confronts a topic that could have descended into mawkish, mystical hokum, but not in Eastwood’s no-nonsense, uncynical hands. He looks at death, and beyond, with clear, open, inquisitive eyes.

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