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LA Times interview
  • Matt was interviewed by Geoff Boucher for the LA Times - excerpts:

    Damon was speaking by phone from frosty Chicago, and he was in no hurry to hang up. The wind outside was too frigid, the hotel room too quiet and his wife and children too far away. "It's like 10 degrees here, I'm not going anywhere," said the father of three, "and it's nice to have a grown-up conversation any time."

    Damon has a flinty American everyman quality that he can play against — as he does as the haunted-soul assassin in "The Bourne Identity" — or channel with unexpected tints, as he did this year in Eastwood's "Hereafter."

    "He's a gem to work with," Eastwood said. "He has this reticent Americana persona on screen, and he brings a lot to the set with his writing background and insights."

    Bridges echoed those sentiments: "For 'Grit,' he took this character and just ran off with it. He's a guy that does terrific work and makes good choices, and that's a big thing in the long haul of a career."

  • True Grit opened well with $5.5 million on Wednesday. True Grit producer Scott Rudin discussed Matt's performance in the film with Anne Thompson:

    Rudin can’t figure why Matt Damon isn’t getting more credit for his comedic turn as a Texas Ranger who is a “heartbreaking buffoon, so moving and ardent,” he says. “It’s his most beautiful, effortless, loose performance.”

  • Matt discussed Steven Soderbergh's potential retirement from directing at the LA Times. Matt was also interviewed at Moviefone. The Charlie Rose interview with Matt, Joel and Ethan Coen is available at CharlieRose.com.

  • The January 2011 issue of W magazine includes behind the scenes photos during the making of True Grit by Jeff Bridges.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The video of Matt answering fan questions on myspace:

    Whatever happened to Katie Couric's interview with Matt for glamour.com? It was done in late October and never appeared online.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 26th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit box office

    True Grit made approximately $36.8 million for the five day weekend:


    Second place went to the critical winner of the weekend, the Coen brothers' remake/adaptation of True Grit. The critically-acclaimed Jeff Bridges/Matt Damon/Hailee Steinfeld western scored a dynamite $25.6 million over three days and $36.8 million over five days. This is the biggest opening weekend ever for a traditional western, far eclipsing the normal $14-$17 million openings for westerns like 3:10 to Yuma, Open Range, Unforgiven, and Maverick. This is also easily the biggest Coen brothers opening weekend ever, surpassing the $19 million opening of Burn After Reading. It's already $1 million away from the $39 million total gross of Intolerable Cruelty (their fourth-biggest hit) and should surpass Burn After Reading's $60 million gross by the end of next weekend and the $74 million gross of No Country For Old Men a week or two after that.

    $100 million is a strong likelihood for the $38 million-budgeted western, especially with the film appearing on many a best-of-2010 list (not mine, but that's another story). The film scored a B+ from Cinemascore, with an A- from the under-25 crowd. It played 65% male and 70% over 30. This is a huge win for everyone (the Coens, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, surefire Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld). Jeff Bridges just scored his second and third biggest opening weekends ever over the last two weeks, and if True Grit can out-gross Seabiscuit ($120 million), then Bridges will have his second and third-highest grossing films ever in a five day span. While we may bemoan the famously idiosyncratic filmmakers tackling a somewhat generic genre piece, it's a rock-solid piece of big studio entertainment and pays for at least a couple more personal projects like A Serious Man.
    Pauline Gransier From: Pauline Gransier Date: December 30th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    :-/ I am shocked! They picked out my question :D

    Keep up the good work with the site.

    Love, Pauline.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 30th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Congrats Pauline! They didn't have many questions to choose from, and I think they made some up! But some must have been legit.

    The Early Show interview was finally aired on CBS - part of the longer interview with Harry Smith that appeared on Sunday Morning:

    Edited at 2010-12-30 11:24 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Q & A

    they used my question as well!! i had like a zillion of them (about 12) and choosing only one was challenging. humanitarian, great body of work and seems to be the nicest guy. he's always the same and always so great. is he real? is anyone just this cool?
    btw, i like your website. my aunt is a md fan and she has a collection of his work. i've been watching it while on winter break and i'm loving it!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    MySpace Q & A

    I wish I'd known they didn't have many questions I would have asked a few of my own, just assumed they'd have received too many.

    Another great year for Matt; a new baby; True Grit a box office and critical success and his continued hilarious stint on 30 Rock ( the new series starts in February in the UK, cannot wait!)

    My favourite movie Invictus, closely followed by Green Zone, even though it was marketed as Bourne in Iraq I enjoyed it hugely.

    Thank you for all your tireless work on this site. Here's to 2011 being a great year for Matt and his family, and all his fans. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Happy New Year to all!

    Thanks for the great work you do here, and thanks to Matt for so many hours of enjoyment this year!

    Fun on 30 Rock and in True Grit, social awareness in Green Zone and Inside Job, his very effective and often amusing videos, and my favorite movie of the year, Hereafter, which moved me so deeply, and I will definitely add to my collection asap!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all of your hard work on keeping us up to date on Matt's body of work in so many areas. This site does an excellent job of providing informative information on the business, personal and humanitarian efforts of this remarkable human being. Happy New Year.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    HAPPY NEW YEAR! to you and the wonderful job you do keeping Matt's fans abreast of his progress in life and in films. You must surely be his #1 fan. And HAPPY NEW YEAR! to all his fans. I know we'll be seeing lots of good work from Matt in the coming year (and from you, too, Felicity!).

    Good health, joy, and prosperity to all!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 1st, 2011 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks I.B., Marcia, Paula and anon. Another great year gone and hopefully another one ahead for Matt and fans.

    Best wishes to everyone for the new year. And it's a great start: True Grit's already at $65 million and going strong.
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