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Adjustment Bureau interviews
  • A transcript from a press junket interview is here, and an exclusive with the Orlando Sentinel is here, including an extension of a story told on Inside the actor's studio.

    A sure way to get a laugh out of “Adjustment Bureau” star Matt Damon these days is to mention that oddly, two directors whose only link in this world is having both worked with Damon more than once have both announced seemingly premature “retirements” from movie making.

    The quixotic and generally quite successful Steven Soderbergh seems to mean it. With Kevin Smith, who has had a lot of trouble getting his latest movie made and into theaters, it’s hard to tell. But both have announced a one-or-two-more movies and done career path.

    “I hope to be in both of their last movies,” Damon says. “But I hope neither one of them is making his last movie NOW. I hope not. I hope not. We need good directors."

    “This ‘Liberace’ script is just wonderful. Michael’s going to be just phenomenal in that part. We’re shooting that in 2012. I just did ‘Contagion’ with Steven last December."

    I’m interviewing The Farrelly Brothers on Friday about “Hall Pass,” their new comedy. Damon and Greg Kinnear played conjoined twins in their comedy, “Stuck on You” some years back. Damon has a vivid recollection of working with those guys, too.

    “My favorite direction I’ve ever receieved was from Peter Farrelly. Greg and I were wearing the suit, stuck together. We do a take and it just doesn’t work. I’d flubbed a line, Greg missed one of his cues and there was this long pause after we hear “Cut” over the walkie-talkies. They were sitting way over in Video Village, where the monitors were. Must have been a quarter of a mile away.

    “And Greg goes, ‘Well that stunk. Let’s just go right away’ We were hoping they’d keep the cameras rolling and we’d take another shot at the scene.

    “But we see Peter walking all the way over to the set. Long walk. Greg says, ‘Oh nooo. He’s coming ALL the way over just to give us a note. Not good.’

    “Peter’s chewing gum. And he finally gets over to us, looks at me, looks down at his feet, takes a long pause, ‘Um, yeah, hmmmm.’ Looks back up at me and finally just says — ‘Suck less!’”

    Damon laughs.

    “Greg and I go ‘Yeah, THANKS Peter. We got it.’ He turns around and walks all the way back to the monitors.”

  • An article about the themes of The Adjustment Bureau is at the Christian Post. Another spoof interview by Matt Zaller is here. Matt says The Social Network is his favorite to win Best Picture here, and a video interview is at Entertainment Tonight, including Matt and Emily discussing when Matt's kids came to the set:

    Matt: They came by. Because I was so close. There were some days when I was shooting in the neighbourhood and they would walk over and come hang out. There’s a shelf life to how much kids want to hang out on a movie set or in a trailer. It’s fun for ten minutes and then they want to go do something else. The park is a lot more fun than a trailer.

    Emily: It was so cute. They’re crawling over him all the time and they’re a wonderful mix of both him and Lucy. Yeah, he is surrounded by beautiful women. And that’s just the way he likes it.

  • From an interview at the Boston Herald with comedian/actor J.B. Smoove, who is in We bought a zoo:

    But J.B.’s also got a Fox TV pilot in the works, as well as roles in “The Sitter,” a comedy with Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell, and Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought A Zoo,” starring Matt Damon.

    “Now, he’s a fun dude,” Smoove told the Track. “We have a damn fine time together, Matt and me.”

  • Matt was rumored to be at a NY Fashion Week show on Friday, but it was a prank:

    A party crasher pretending to be Matt Damon's publicist caused havoc at Gwen Stefani's show for her fashion line, L.A.M.B., at Lincoln Center -- forcing organizers to hold front-row seats for Damon, who was in LA, and sending paparazzi into a frenzy.

    However, Damon's rep, Jennifer Allen, confirmed to us that Damon and Barroso had been in LA since Tuesday morning, since Damon is shooting a movie there. "He's never been to a fashion show, to my knowledge," said Allen, who has repped Damon for 16 years. "No one called me to check."

  • Matt and Gary White received an award for water.org at the Global Action Awards on Saturday, but Matt did not attend. Matt's brother Kyle has also set up a new initiative to support water.org.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 19th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)


    There's video at YouTube of a junket roundtable interview taken with a clearly unauthorised camera phone or other device. It's a 15 minute interview about lots of subjects - Elysium, Ben's next job, trying to give the kids as much stability as possible when working not out of NY, his desired values for the kids etc. The quotes may show up elsewhere, but the video is:


    Edited at 2011-02-19 11:47 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    George prank

    "On his other friend, George Clooney, he offered another proof of the guy’s famous wacky sense of humor. Matt told us of the prank that George played on him while he was vacationing in the latter’s Italian villa.
    Matt was dieting in preparation for a role, but his pants were getting tighter instead of becoming looser. It turned out that George hired a tailor to tighten the waistbands of Matt’s pants each day!".

    This is what I read in one of the links above, but I had read somewhere else that actually George didn't play a prank on him,he was just getting fatter.I don't remember where I read it, but I remember you posted it. So...what do you think is true?


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 20th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: George prank

    No, George did pull the prank in Lake Como (lots of press about this story around the time of The Informant).

    However, there's a separate story that Matt wasn't fitting into his suit in NY and thought it was because George was playing a prank. However, he had just gained weight.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2011 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: George prank

    Ok, thanks for clearing that up!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    According to my dvr, Matt will be on upcoming eipsodes of the Today Show and Ellen Degeneris.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 20th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks - the Ellen show is on 2 March and he hasn't done that show since Saving Private Ryan.

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 20th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I dont believe matt has ever been on Ellen. Ellen wasn't on whey SPR came out.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 20th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ah - somehow confusing the appearance with Rosie O'Donnell's show. Matt was there with a couple of castmates from SPR.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 20th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    MTV interview

    A fun quick interview with Matt and Emily by Josh Horowitz at MTV:


    Edited at 2011-02-20 08:41 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2011 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rock of Ages

    Matt and Lucy went to the rock musical 'Rock of Ages' in LA on Sunday night. MiG Ayesa, a friend, is in the cast.

    Emily Blunt and John Krasinski was also at the show (and seen talking to Matt and Lucy at intermission). After the show, both couples went to dinner at Katsuya.

    ETCanada: Spotted - Emily Blunt & John Krasinski at Katsuya for a double date with Matt Damon & wife Luciana.

    Edited at 2011-02-21 01:24 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2011 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    I just saw a picture of Matt at the 2004 premiere for "The Bourne Supremacy" an he is with Odessa Whitmire. I thought that by that time he was already dating Lucy ¿?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2011 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)


    No, Odessa wasn't at any of the Supremacy premieres.

    Matt and Lucy met in mid-2003 and Bourne Supremacy was released in July 2004. Lucy was at the premiere but didn't walk the red carpet - her first photos on Wireimage are of the Supremacy after-party (remember - the pics with Bruce and Rumer Willis and Ben?)


    Odessa attended the Taiwan and Australian premieres of Bourne Identity and an Ocean's premiere-party.

    Edited at 2011-02-21 09:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Premieres

    Ah, my mistake, sorry!

    Thanks, that was a very good answer! :D
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 22nd, 2011 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Box office

    There's an article at The Wrap on Matt's 'waning box-office powers'. He probably was never particularly strong at the box office before or after Bourne.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 22nd, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Box office

    Just the sort of article written by industry weasels. Short-sighted, money-grubbing people like this are the reason so many bad movie get made.

    Wow, that sounded kinda mean. But, accurate, at least imo. I wouldn't like Matt so much if he thought like those people, no matter how good an actor he is.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 22nd, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in Cross Stitch

    I received my CrossStitcher magazine yesterday, and every month they have a stitch a star project and in the April 2011 issue it's Matt! Will have to get started on it straight away. Marcia

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