What he tells his kids.
"I think what's important for kids to know is that your decisions here on earth matter, your behavior matters, and how you treat other people matters. It matters here and I'm hoping that it matters in the afterlife, too. It just comes down to accountability for your own behavior that's important. So whenever I talk to my own kids or whenever they ask, I try and put the hereafter in kind of an ethical framework. If I had a bucket list, I'd say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be number one."
The family is big enough.
"My wife is about to have our fourth kid and we've drawn a line in the sand. This is it. Our lives are full and wonderful and we're done having kids. Lucy is in her third trimester for the fourth time and I think that's about enough to ask of any woman. I don't want to turn her into Ethel Kennedy."
Passing the big four-oh.
"My birthday was just a few weeks ago. We had my family, a bunch of my friends and we rented the back room in a bowling alley and had a big party. It was fun. But I have to tell you, 40 feels a lot like 39."
Farewell to Bourne.
"I found out they're making another when somebody saw it on the Internet. Nobody bothered to call me. I'm not in it, but even so, they'll work Bourne into the title I guess. Universal just wants to call everything the Bourne something. So I guess they are trying to make another franchise and as they say, 'It isn't over until it's over.'"
Q: DID YOU AND BEN [AFFLECK] SIGN A LONG TERM DEAL NOW WITH WARNER BROTHERS?
Q: HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
DAMON: Well, we were looking at a place to do it and Warners were big believers in him before The Town came out and was the smash hit it is and got the reviews that it got. They were really believers in him and I obviously have a great relationship there because I’ve made all the Oceans movies and The Informant! and Syriana and I’ve worked extensively with those guys, Invictus and this one. So I really love those guys and it seemed like the right place for both of us to do something long term. Hopefully they’re investing in a library of ours that will be very worth their while in 20 years.
“I think Matt [Damon] is emerging as one of the most important actors we’ve had in a long time, when you look at the body of work and the array of roles he’s taken on,” Eastwood says. “What I like about Matt is that he’s an actor who is not actorish, and his performances reflect that. He is able to perform very subtly, you don’t get the feeling he’s performing.”
In the entertainment industry, Matt Damon is a well-respected, Academy award-winning actor. To the general public, he's a handsome, talented, funny celebrity. But at home with his wife and daughters? He's just Dad -- and he's completely outnumbered.
"I've come to accept it," says the star of the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Hereafter (in theaters Oct. 22). Damon, 40, and his wife Luciana have three daughters -- Isabella, 4, Gia, 2, and Alexia (from Luciana's previous marriage) -- and one more on the way. The actor tells iVillage exclusively that even his father likes to joke about him being the minority in his home. "My father called me laughing about a year ago... he said, 'Remember Jackie Gleason on The Honeymooners? He drove a bus and people kinda crapped on him. But when he got home he's the king of his castle. Well, we realized you're the opposite,'" Damon recalls with a laugh.
Everybody likes Matt Damon. He’s a good actor with good taste who has his personal life in order, never says the wrong thing, keeps excellent professional company, and has appeared in any number of enjoyable and interesting films. Hollywood likes him, guys like him, girls like him, grandmas like him, Liz Lemon likes him. But as well-established and well-liked as he is, Damon’s career is at a crossroads.
Peers: Damon runs with the big boys. Right now the only actors in his age range who see scripts before him are Brad Pitt, the most famous guy in the world, and Robert Downey Jr., who’s more likely to say yes. Damon, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Johnny Depp get next crack at everything, not so closely followed by the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Tobey Maguire.
What Hollywood Thinks: Everyone likes this guy. An agent says, "I think Matt Damon’s career has been handled so brilliantly.” A manager echoes, “In terms of whom he’s chosen to make films with, it’s impeccable: The choices have always been filmmaker and material-driven.” A publicist rounds out the applause: “He’s so highly thought of. A lot of people in town love him, sure. But so does my mom, who’s a suburban 70-year-old moviegoer. And my brother, who’s a 40-year-old guy. Everyone feels good about the guy. He’s not afraid to do interesting projects.”
Buy/Sell/Hold: Buy. His future may not be clear, but it’s probably bright.
Partners in Health cofounder Paul Farmer will speak at an event in New York next week hosted by Matt Damon. Farmer is the featured speaker at the annual fund-raiser for ONEXONE, a nonprofit that tackles health issues affecting children around the world. (Organizers will announce their newest initiative, a partnership with Partners in Health to fund the pediatric wing of a new hospital being built in Haiti.) Damon is hosting Wednesday’s event, and actress Patricia Arquette will receive the ONEXONE Difference Award. Other guests include sportscaster Jay Bilas, soccer mom Mia Hamm, boxer Lennox Lewis, and rapper Matisyahu.