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Elysium, interviews
  • More details about Elysium were provided at the Hollywood Reporter:

    Sony will release Neill Blomkamp’s high-profile Elysium on March 8, 2013, in time to take advantage of spring break and the Easter holiday.

    Brazilian actor Wagner Moura is the latest addition. He’ll star opposite Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Jodie Foster and will be playing the villain. The plot is being kept under wraps, although the setting is a future world. Social class figures into this world, and Damon's character is an ex-con.

  • An interview with Matt at the SMH. A few quotes from an audio interview with Emily Blunt at HitFix:

    Matt actually got me a fedora for his Christmas gift. Because he’s weird like that.

    On True Grit
    I’m personally upset for him that he didn’t get a nomination for that role. Because I thought he was amazing in it.

    On Matt’s choices
    Matt has an inner freak that people are gradually seeing glimpses of.

  • Matt's quote about We Bought A Zoo and working with Cameron Crowe from the video interview at Collider:

    “It’s incredible to work with him. We’re a third of the way through and, knock on wood, it couldn’t be going any better so far. If the next two thirds are as good as the first four weeks have been, then we’re in good shape.”

  • Another quote from Matt's interview with Piers Morgan:

    MORGAN: If you were picking a dream team for a movie, and you had your ultimate power hat on yet again, who would it be? Who would be the leading man, leading lady, producer, director?
    DAMON: Well, my hope is to start directing. That's really where I want -- I --
    MORGAN: Let's make you director.
    DAMON: OK. Here, my -- he said this so I can say it publicly. My cinematographer, Steven Soderbergh, has already agreed to be my cinematographer on my first movie. So I would lock him up.
    MORGAN: He's locked in. Who's the producer?
    DAMON: Well, Chris Moore, who produced "Good Will Hunting," my old friend, Chris and Jon Gordon, those guys. I definitely want to --
    MORGAN: Who are your acting stars? Leading man, leading lady?
    DAMON: Oh, I mean, it always depends on the job. I have so many friends who --
    MORGAN: The last movie you are ever going to make. This is it before you die.
    DAMON: I'm going to have to cast Ben then.
    MORGAN: Ben's the leading man?
    DAMON: Ben would be my leading man.
    MORGAN: Leading lady?
    DAMON: I wouldn't do too bad with Emily Blunt.
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 12th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt always shown great loyalty to Ben. Of course he was going to be his first choice. I wonder why Ben did not choose Matt to work on his films? Even a small role. Even a cameo.
    Matt has worked with great actors. I would like to see him directing someone like De Niro and Jeff Bridges.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 12th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Directing

    In the recent Macleans interview Matt says there's a great role he would have liked in Ben's next film, Argo, but Ben's taking it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 12th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Directing

    Which is kind of silly, right? Because obviously (it's obvious to me anyways) Matt is the better actor, and Ben would already have enough on his plate with the directing...that seems like a great opportunity for a collaboration. *sigh*
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 12th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Directing

    I agree completely.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 13th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    A video interview with Matt and Emily on the day of the premiere:

    Matt gets asked some pretty personal questions in this interview - parts 1 and 2:

    I linked this before but hadn't watched it - ET's first interview with Matt in 1992 about School Ties:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 13th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Links

    Do you think Matt is talking with the French reporter about 'Contagion' going to Cannes? He says, "He cuts so quickly", which I assume means he's talking about Soderbergh.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 14th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Links

    I presumed he was talking about Contagion, but a Cannes premiere would be incredibly fast. It's finally in post-production after a very long shoot.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 14th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Links

    Wasn't there a recent interview with Matt in which he said that Soderbergh had Ocean's 12 completely cut by the wrap party?

    But perhaps there'll be green screen or other effects for Contagion.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Links

    I'm sure the edit done by Soderbergh immediately is just a very rough cut which would change significantly. I can't remember any SFX in the script.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 13th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    30 Rock in Australia

    For Australian readers, Matt's final episode of 30 Rock will air in two weeks on 24 March.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 14th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: 30 Rock in Australia

    Thanks for that. I've been waiting for that episode to be aired!
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