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Matt dissed by Lau, HK media
  • After less than a week of filming of The Departed, the Hong Kong media and actor Andy Lau have already criticised Matt's look in the film. Lau played Matt's character in the original version. As reported at Andy Lau Sounds from local media sources:

    Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Departed (Hollywood's version of Infernal Affairs) had started shooting, with Leonardo DiCaprio as Tony Leung's Yan and Matt Damon as Andy Lau's Ming. Similiarly donning western suit but Matt Damon looks fatter and doesn't look as smart as Andy.

    When interviewed by Metro Radio yesterday, Andy was asked if he feel that Matt Damon had make the character Ming look ugly? Andy doesn't think so as he says: "He looks okay, maybe the director asked him to put on weight, anyway it's okay if it doesn't affect the movie. Infernal Affairs was based in Hong Kong with the addition of Buddhism favours, I do wanted to watch how Martin Scorsese handles the religion issues, heaven become hell but there are many levels in hell. However, I've confidence in Scorsese, you will know after watching Gangs of New York, even Kung Fu Hustle copied some scenes and camera angles."

  • The above site also discussed the shooting of one scene and included a synopsis:

    On the location shooting set, Leonardo DiCaprio whom will be playing Tony Leung's role wore a hat to cover his face whereas Matt Damon appeared more steady as he walks wearing his police gun and badge. Actress Nelie Sciutto was also present at the set.

    The script was written by The Kingdom of Heaven's William Monahan, the blueprint of the story was from Infernal Affairs but there are some differences from the original. The story was set in America's Boston, narrating the battle between triads and police, Matt Damon was a triad member whom get into the police school and his career took off after graduation. On the other side, Leonardo DiCaprio was a policeman whom become a mole in the triad but that kind of lifestyle disrupt his mental state as he become inbalance in good and evil.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lau is an ass. They went *fatter*??!? Whatever. Yeah, Matt looks at least 300lbs. in those photos posted on the site [/heavy eye-rolling].
    From: allieamiga1087 Date: April 30th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Agrees. Matt Damon doesn't just look smarter than Lau but IS smarter. And also, the movie doesn't have to be exactly the same!!! Artistic license!

    And don't get me started on the 'levels' of hell.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I wish they'd stop comparing this movie to the Chinese movie. And Matt looks "fatter". Maybe Andy Lau should have a good meal.

    These folks in Hong Kong (and on imdb.com) can't seem to wrap their heads around the fact that these are 2 different movies. Triads indeed!

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Well, he is FATTER.,,,the character is supposed to be a "sharp dresser, and an elegant figure"..

    I agree Matt is looks better casual.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Well, he is FATTER.,,,the character is supposed to be a "sharp dresser, and an elegant figure"..

    Matt Damon isn't "fat". He might be "bigger" than Andy Lau, but he's far from "fat". He has put a lot of time and effort into his physique, post TBS/O12, and he's never looked better. And apparently you haven't seen "The Talented Mr. Ripley" to think that he can't do "well-dressed". As the faux-Dickie Greenleaf he looked like the million-buck guy he thought Dickie should've lived and looked like.

    I, not being Chinese, don't really care about "Infernal Affairs", I'll see it or not. The movie is just a jumping off place for "The Departed" and nothing will be lost in the translation because the American version doesn't need to be an exact copy of the Chinese version.

    And do me a favor. Matt Damon isn't short and he isn't "pug-faced". Christ, you can take that stuff back to fametracker.com 'imo'.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    what the...?

    Fatter? Gimme a break...
    We all have faith in you, Matt!! <3
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Is it possible...

    That they're confusing Alec with Matt because of their similar wardrobe?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have never been disappointed in how Matt can act. Some storylines have sucked, but he has always done well, which is why I lke him. As for the comparison, no matter how good the second version is, if you've seen the original (or read a book turned movie) you will always attempt to compare and contrast the similarities and differences (mostly differences). I have never seen the original, I might see it after I see "Departed," but I have no doubt that this will be an excellent movie, especially with the volume of very good actors and an awesome director.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I am a huge Matt fan however people are entitled to their opinions. This actor ( who I have never even heard of ) wants to protect a role he once played.... who cares. I am sure Matt isn't losing sleep over it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Check it, I personally like matt a little thick. what if he had to be "skinny?" He looks kinda sick when he's to thin, and older too. But i believe he did lose weight for the role.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 2nd, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    er....you like him a little thick, eh? Gee, I am just going to avoid touching that one.

    I DID see "Infernal Affairs", a few months ago, and while it was entertaining (even with surprisingly little action), there were some laughably bad moments in the script. It's a good film with a great premise, but far from classic. As for the performances, Tony Leung blows Lau away in the acting department.

    Lau is just jealous because he's getting old and doesn't get all the best parts anymore. He's nitpicking for the sake of preserving his "masterpiece" [motions fingers into quotation marks] from a true auteur who has no need to follow the original verbatim.
    From: nmuncher Date: May 2nd, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think Matt looks good.

    They showed a shot of Matt in the preview for this weeks episode of Project Greenlight. FYI
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2005 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
    I am from Hong Kong. And I watched the whole interview instead of the translations.
    I would say, Andy didn't really criticize Matt. Firstly, the interviewer asked if he thought that "Matt looks fat" instead of "Matt makes his character look ugly". So, don't put words in people's mouth.

    Secondly, in response to the question, Andy said Matt MAY look a bit fat because the director asked him to put on weight. He didn't really say he thinks Matt is fat.

    Thirdly, Andy praised Matt as a good actor and said he didn't play a very dark role before (let's forgive Andy for this mistake, for I don't think he really knows every single movie that Matt had made). So, he hoped this movie can be a good change for Matt.

    I am not defending for Andy, for I am not his fans. But I guess you guys would like to know the truth.

    I watched Infernal Affairs. I would say, it's not particularly outstanding, although it is already quite a good one according to Hong Kong's standard. But, I hope and feel sure that "The Departed" will be better. Looking forward to it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 3rd, 2005 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for explaining the original interview. It was the reporter from the article who made the more accusatory statements, but Lau didn't really deny them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm the webmaster of AndyLauSounds.

    I don't think that I translated wrongly, anyway sometimes the Hong Kong media report wrongly and I was just merely translate what was written by them. Hope I didn't create any misunderstanding here.

    Anyway, I like Matt's performance in Bourne Supremacy, he was so cool in the movie!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Matt always looks great!!!!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 3rd, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "Matt always looks great!!!"

    Response from a typical "obsessed" fan!!!
    Is it just me or do I see a bit of a paunch in those new pics from
    the "Departed"???
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 6th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I was pretty outraged when I read the original Chinese articles. Matt fat? Are they even looking at the same photos? Did they blank out the fact that this is the same guy who did The Bourne Supremacy? Anyone looking merely built and healthy and not a stick is deemed fat in Hong Kong, the obsessed pill-motivated skimming society.

    Hong Kong reporters do like to provoke and insinutate things to their subjects and hopefully they'll dumbly bite otherwise they wouldn't have news. Andy Lau, Jackie Chan 2.0, is like widely known to be easy-going and people-pleasing in public. When asked he said he didn't agree to the statement (Matt ugly-fying the role) and that Matt is good and maybe the director requested him to gain weight. He sounded like he was giving something back and trying to be 'objective' as well.

    It's pretty obvious the movie will be very different from the original. People need to get over it.
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