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  • Matt's interview with Men's Health is online, but only parts of Emily Blunt's interview with Women's Health is available. Photos from the online sites and some quotes are below.

    The part was intended for a professional dancer—or at least an actress with a background in dance. Emily was neither. But the ballsy star convinced writer/ director George Nolfi to give her a shot.

    "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."

    And as we talk, he shows an unusual trait for a walking franchise: reflexive, impenetrable humility.

    "It's always hard to talk about yourself, but..." He stops. Redirects. "There are actors who are just movie stars, you know? They just are. You can't take your eyes off them when they're on the screen. I know what that thing is, and I see it in some of my friends, but that's just not who I am. My movies being really good or watchable always depends on everybody being really good, not just me. I'm particularly sensitive about making sure we secure the best possible people in each role because I am not somebody who can overcome if we don't."

    Ask Damon about his success and he'll reply by describing how someone helped him. This is how he thinks. In Damon's world, everyone is the sum of what they've learned, so credit is due to the teachers, not the students.

    "There's always a certain leap of faith you make when you start working with somebody," Damon says. But he tries to minimize the distance of that leap. Before signing on to a role, he sits down to talk about the director's vision of a film. By this point he's read the script; he has ideas on the matter. But Damon doesn't share them at first. He just wants to hear something thoughtful and new. He's exploring how the director thinks.

    If he signs on, he then involves himself in the casting. Like, say, of Emily Blunt, who was fresh off her Golden Globe–nominated appearance in The Young Victoria. He wanted to work with her in The Adjustment Bureau. But that was an easy one: So did the studio and director. Done deal. (And then, a payoff from Coppola's lesson on being carefree: "I met Matt and he was lovely and very funny," Blunt says, "and instantly, I thought, 'Oh, we could be like teenage boys together. Just be weird and stupid and silly.' " And like that, chemistry is made.)

  • Quotes from Emily's interview on the Graham Norton Show are here.

    And she admits his fame actually caused problems when they stepped in front of the camera.

    Blunt says, "It's actually a problem when you're shooting with someone like him because he's vastly famous. Wherever he goes, people are like... I feel like their brains melt. You know when you look at someone's face and you realise their brain's just melted when they see him."

  • Photos of Matt and family with Chris Moore in Malibu are at PopSugar.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian preview

    For Australian readers - there's an early preview of The Adjustment Bureau on Tuesday 1 March at Event Cinemas/Greater Union. It's a 'Chicks at the flicks' deal where you pay an extra amount to see an early film and receive a gift bag (a recent preview had a chick flick book, blocks of Lindt chocolate etc).


    Hereafter opens Thursday and Inside Job opens next week.

    Edited at 2011-02-09 09:32 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australian preview

    There is a short clip from The Adjustment Bureau available at The Guardian's website:


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 9th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock clip

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 30 Rock clip

    Season 6 starts in the UK tomorrow night on Comedy Central at 10.30pm, double episodes. Cannot wait. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)


    l am starting too get disapointed in matt .he is using the f-word in a lot of interviews lately.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: language

    Wasn't there 146 uses of the f-word in Good Will Hunting?

    It's not new, and Matt discussed it as Boston's all purpose swear word in the Actor's Studio interview.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    l know hes says the word in movies. in interviews about emily blunt and hailee from true grit and other recent interviews too.they are not movies.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    As above, Matt says it's used for him (and others in Boston) as a bridging word. It's just for emphasis, not for abuse or anger.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    Totally. I feel like its totally genuine... its just honesty and frankness and straight-forwardness. And sexiness ;)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    I just hope he does not use this type of language around his children.they pick it up so quickly. Could you imagine any of his daughters asking for a f-g glass of water or demanding their f-g doll? That surely must cause problems at (pre)school. I would not want my children to play with potty mouthed girls.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 11th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    He wouldn't swear around the kids - do you remember the Actor's Studio?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    Any other Australians see Hereafter today? I found it more impressive and interesting than True Grit, and can't really see why it was trashed by the critics to such a degree. To me it was deliberate, elegant and beautifully crafted with a great sense of realism. And if Matt made his role grounded and even believable, that's credit to him. They certainly weren't trying to make him look his best.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau

    There's some new footage/interview clips of Adjustment Bureau at ET:


    I am so excited for this movie!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 10th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adjustment Bureau

    The press junket officially starts tomorrow, but there may be a public event or photo session today in NY.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hereafter

    I agree completely about Hereafter. It was my favorite movie of the year and it's my favorite Matt performance of the year. Understated, poetic, yearning, bittersweet. Lovely.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)


    He always has a hat on. Why? He's so great without :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Adj Bureau

    This clip from AB is completely ADORABLE


    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Adj Bureau

    Thx Paula - Now I'll never get my studying done! Can't. Stop. Watching. So cute!! haha @ ADORABLE ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hereafter

    I have just seen Hereafter and I really enjoyed it. I thought Matt's performance was brilliant - he brought such class and realism to the movie. I also thought there were good performances by the supporting cast. And as for the opening scene - OMG!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    True Grit released today in UK

    Just been to see True Grit and loved it, Matt was fantastic but i have to say Hailee is the star, she is amazing, she was what 13 i think when she made this film, loads of talent and maturity for her age, well done Matt for another excellent film, roll on March for The Adjustment Bureau, it was advertised in the cinema and looks great, i love Emily Blunt, she's one of my fav British actress's and they have great chemistry together.

    BBC'S REVIEW - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12429442

    Daily Mail - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1337452/True-Grit-Jeff-Bridges-gets-thumbs-remake-western-remarkable-newcomer-Hailee-Steinfeld.html

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
    Don't know if you've posted this already (please excuse if you have), but here is a fun article on Matt and AB.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 12th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Liberace delayed for a year

    Thanks I.B. It's the first online interview from the press junket which started today - from Access Hollywood:

    Access also has links to other segments of the interview - talking about Michael Douglas, 30 Rock etc. Matt says Liberace will be delayed for a year and shoot in 2012 - thanks Elysium.

    And Emily's interview at Access:

    Matt and Emily did a joint interview at Extra - lots of fun:

    Edited at 2011-02-12 03:36 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    New AB clips on Youtube

    Hey, have you seen the two new clips of AB on youtube?


    I love the chase one!
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