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True Grit, various
  • There's another new posed promotional shot for True Grit in an article about Hailee Steinfeld at NYmag.com. The photos are by Mary Ellen Mark. Josh Brolin recently stated in a magazine that the highlight of his True Grit experience was the photo shoot with Mark.

    When Joel and Ethan Coen make a Western, it’s as far from clean as you can get. In their truly gritty, violent, wittier-than-you-might-think, and much-anticipated adaptation (opening December 22), Cogburn is played with greasy bluff by Jeff Bridges (reuniting with the Coens for the first time since The Big Lebowski), La Boeuf by a wisecracking, mustachioed Matt Damon, and Mattie by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

    [Steinfeld] (whose highest-profile role prior to this was talking about “blingitude” in a Kmart ad) made a point of seeing all the films of Bridges and Damon before shooting began, “so I’d know what they’re talking about if they’re talking about one of their movies, you know?” But they ended up behaving more like surrogate parents; both are well tested in raising daughters (Damon has four, Bridges three).

  • From an article with Josh Brolin at PBPulse.com:

    WS You’re on a bit of a bad-boy streak—first Wall Street 2, now True Grit. Do you like playing villains?
    JB Actually, I’m getting a little uncomfortable with the bad-guy thing. But my True Grit character is a different kind of bad guy. He has a soft side.

    WS What was it like on set?
    JB What I saw Jeff [Bridges] do was phenomenal. Matt [Damon] was amazing, too. And Hailee [Steinfeld]—they found her after going through thousands of other girls.

  • From an article by Sacha Stone at Awards Daily about the most moving male performances of the year so far (perhaps some spoilers):

    Matt Damon, Hereafter - It is always harder to underplay than it is to slip into an exaggerated persona, or emote broadly. Damon takes what could have been a ridiculous portrayal of a psychic and not only makes it believable but makes us sympathize with his plight. Damon’s portrayal, in fact, reminded me a little of Robert Redford playing Death in an episode of The Twilight Zone. He doesn’t want to be able to touch people and read their pain. It is in the moments where he can’t touch them for fear of knowing more about them than he wants to deal with that Damon’s performance reaches a level of excellence beyond what we’ve seen him do previously. With all of the Bourne hoopla and the Sexiest Man Alive mishegoss, one tends to forget what a good actor Matt Damon is. He’s so reliable that he’s easy to see slip through the cracks. I dare say Hereafter is one of his best.

  • Matt's part of a photo shoot by Mark Abrahams titled Shooting Stars in the December issue of In Style - the photo is available here and here.

  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 22nd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great photo.Love the way he always shows his wedding ring. Syl.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 22nd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Nice Photo!

    Thanks for posting it -- thanks for making this an enjoyable site!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 22nd, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Those photos are Matty-licious :)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 22nd, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    School run photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 23rd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matty D

    "With all of the Bourne hoopla and the Sexiest Man Alive mishegoss, one tends to forget what a good actor Matt Damon is.....I dare say Hereafter is one of his best".

    Very true statement. At the end of the day - for me anyways - it is simply that he is damn good at what he does. It also does not hurt that 'he aint ugly' :)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 25th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matty D

    New ads for True Grit are on youtube.

    And more from Sasha at Awards Daily (who is the only blogger consistently championing Hereafter):


    Hereafter - unfortunately, this film isn’t being buzzed at the moment, but a few critics’ awards might put it firmly in the race. If so, voters would be wise to turn their attention to Matt Damon, who will have yet another great, underrated year for playing two complex and very different characters. First, his portrayal as the psychic in Hereafter is so moving and understated, but second, his work in True Grit is said to be a complete scene-stealer all the way. So, here is a hat tip for Damon who consistently does good work and yet very rarely gets recognized for it. How great was he in The Departed? Hereafter also features the lovely and talented Cecile DeFrance. But if there is anyone who seems ripe for a nod for this it’s Damon.

    True Grit – This is going to be Jeff Bridges’ show and this is the part he was born to play. But in the supporting categories, one will probably be looking at Matt Damon specifically, but also Hailee Steinfeld, and perhaps Josh Brolin. True Grit remains one of the most anticipated films of the year, but knowing the Coens’ work as well as I do, the actors will nail it and it will be one of the year’s best, without a doubt. Most likely supporting nods: Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 24th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit

    True Grit screenings have started. There was one for PR reps today, and Hailee's agent saw it yesterday (via Facebook comment). All positive reports so far (fantastic, amazing), but no word on Matt's performance yet.

    Stephen King included Green Zone in his top 10 list of the best films of the year.


    Edited at 2010-11-25 01:37 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: True Grit

    That is definitely a diverse range of movies that Stephen King has in his top 10, although there are some movies that could be in there that have not been released yet, such as True Grit and Black Swan. It was good to see Green Zone in there - one of my favourite films of the year along with Inception.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone & True Grit

    I agree - Green Zone was an excellent and well made movie. Can't wait to see True Grit!
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