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Interviews, various
  • A few late Australian interviews for Hereafter - Matt interviewed at the Herald Sun, and Clint Eastwod interviewed at the Australian (interviews are from October 2010):

    Hereafter provided Eastwood with a second opportunity, after Invictus, to work with Matt Damon, whom he likes as an actor and clearly believes to be suited to his no-nonsense style of directing.

    "You don't catch him acting a lot," Eastwood says. "He seems to be a very real guy, and he's not afraid to play a real guy, and I think he's very good. [Hereafter] needed somebody with a special way to do this character. Matt's a nice looking fellow but he looks like an everyman. He can portray an everyman."

  • Ben talked about Matt at the Daily Mail:

    If I was ever in trouble the one call I’d make would be to Matt Damon.

    We’ve been friends for 30 years. I can’t believe I’m old enough to say I’ve had a friend for 30 years. But he is a friend, and a partner in a company we have together. He saw The Town in five different versions and each time he saw it he presented me with pages and pages of very smart notes. I’ve got to a stage in life where I have learnt who my real friends are. You don’t need many, you just need good, solid friends. My brother, Casey, is another one and my godfather is a really brilliant guy.

  • Jodie Foster says her role in Elysium is yet to be confirmed.

  • There are interviews with Matt in the following magazines: FHM, Empire, Radio Times (UK), GQ (Australia), In Style (Germany), Men's Health (US). Matt and Emily Blunt are pictured on the cover of Men's Health and Women's Health in the US - a twitpic:

  • The press junket for The Adjustment Bureau begins late next week in New York, with the premiere on Monday 14 February. Questions for a Moviefone Unscripted interview with Matt and Emily can be posted online. A quote from an interview with Emily at The Times:

    And how did her new husband feel when she had to get passionate on film with Damon in The Adjustment Bureau? "It comes with the job. By that time Matt and I had become friends and I had got to know his wife, Lucy. I laughed the whole time, because it's so embarrassing to kiss somebody who is your friend. And there's nothing sexy about it."

  • Anthony Hopkins praised Matt in this CNN interview.

    MORGAN: Who do you see of the younger crop today that have - that may have that?
    HOPKINS: DiCaprio certainly and I think I'm a great fan of Matt Damon.
    MORGAN: Yes.
    HOPKINS: He's a terrific actor. Terrific actor. One of my favorite films is "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Great performance. Very sinister, very scary. He's a wonderful actor.
    MORGAN: Are you drawn to the darker art?
    HOPKINS: No, it's not - it's not that. I think when a story is really told beautifully as was in "The Talented Mr. Ripley," I thought Matt Damon's performance was spectacular. As indeed with Jude Law. DiCaprio is a wonderful actor. A great actor.

  • A 2004 Vanity Fair interview about Miramax has resurfaced online - some quotes:

    Based on the stratospheric test scores, Miramax moved Good Will Hunting up to December 5, one week before Titanic opened. The boys went up to Weinstein’s house in Westport, Connecticut, to screen James Cameron’s movie and see what they were up against. Harvey said, “We got nothing to worry about. There’s just this one scene with the boat sinking. We’ll be fine.”

    In L.A., their film premiered in Westwood, at the Bruin. “Ben’s and my names were up there, literally in lights,” Damon remembers. “We were hugging each other, really, really excited. The whole experience was overwhelming, very unhealthy. With the Miramax machine, there’s such publicity around it, it’s really hard to have a private experience in public, and the first thing that happens is that somebody puts a camera in your face and asks you how you feel, and you have the boilerplate ‘I feel great, this is crazy, what a great night.’ It’s impossible to say, ‘I’ll tell you when you get that fucking camera out of my face so I can go and sit with my family for a little while.’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be over in a flash, that no matter who you are, if you don’t have a movie in the theater that’s making money, people will just think you’re someone they went to high school with. I remember deciding that I was going to not act in movies anymore, maybe just plays, because this was not a life.”
  • 6 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    An Everyman Kind of Guy

    Thanks for posting the 2004 Vanity Fair quote. His words are insightful when you think about how he has acted and handled his career through the years. I wonder who had Matt's ear from a very early age? Of course I don't know him personally and I am sure he has done many a stupid thing in life - as we all have. However, Matt just comes across as wise. Wise like he's lived a really long time and been through some things. Considering how young he is I just wonder who he takes his cues from. Maybe a favorite grandpa or even his dad. Whomever it is/was I know he is glad that he listened or listens to them. He reminds me of my big brother whom I admire greatly and is just a few years older than Matt. He's my hero. Matt's a close 2nd *lol*

    As far as these cover shoots - enough with the airbrushing. He looks artificial (no character or life in his face). Part of Matt's beauty is that fact that it is genuine. Not all perfect looking which is unattractive. I like the way Clint Eastwood said it and I whole-heartedly agree. Nice looking and an 'everyman' kind of guy.

    Thank you again for what you do here. God knows it is a labor of love. It would have to be as I don't believe you are paid for your efforts. Very professionally done and not polluted with a bunch of nonsense. Why Matt Damon (you may have said why in a previous post and I have not come across it yet so my apologies if that is the case).

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: An Everyman Kind of Guy

    The cover photos do look strange but maybe they're better in hard copy.

    Thanks yoli, the site is fun and I'm very happy to keep it going if there are readers (but I'd probably do it anyway if there were no readers).

    I was a fan of School Ties, looked for Matt after that, and started following him closely from the Oprah episode of Good Will Hunting onwards. And he's never given me a reason to stop following him or his career.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Family photos (paparazzi)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Beautiful Family

    Matt has such a beautiful family. He's a lucky man indeed.The girls have grown a lot,especially Alexia,who looks very much like her mother. Is Lucy carrying Stella in one of the photos?

    Emily Blunt seems to be very nice and funny.I hope the movie is good.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 7th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Beautiful Family

    Lucy's carrying Stella in some photos and Matt's carrying her in photos at PopSugar.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 8th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Men's Health

    Here's the interview with Matt:

    And part of the interview with Emily:

    "I told him, 'I'll work my ass off for you,' " says Emily." 'I've never had a pair of ballet pumps on my feet before, but I will seem like I have.'" Nolfi was sold—especially after seeing her screen test with Matt Damon. "It's an ineffable thing. She had incredible chemistry with Matt," he says.

    Their connection was evident on the day of the Women's Health cover shoot—the costars seemed more like giddy siblings than Hollywood heavy hitters. When asked what it was like to work with Emily, Matt simply says, "There are a lot of great actresses her age right now, but Emily is just f---ing unbelievable."

    Edited at 2011-02-09 01:51 am (UTC)
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