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Inside Job, various
  • A few more photos of young Matt from The Adjustment Bureau's video project:

  • Charles Ferguson discussed Matt's involvement in Inside Job at CNN:

    Ferguson: It cost about $2 million, of which Sony provided just over half.
    L: So then, by definition, Matt Damon did not get the fee that he would have gotten had he been acting in a feature film?
    F: Mr. Damon took a rather substantial pay cut from his usual rate.
    L: Tell us how you came together with him?
    F: We asked him, and he said yes. You know, it really was that simple. It turned out that he had seen my first film while he was preparing for his role in a feature film he made called "Green Zone," which is a political thriller which takes place in occupied Iraq. And he had seen my first documentary, and liked it. And so when we came calling he knew who we were and was favorably disposed. He was an incredibly great guy to work with. He's very smart, he was totally not arrogant. He was wonderful. He had very good suggestions for the narration, some of which we incorporated into the narration. We needed him a second time to bring the film a little bit up to date. A few months later, he went into a sound studio in Miami and let us record him again.
    L: How much time did it take the first time, his first session? How long did that take?
    F: Only a few hours. We...
    L: A few hours?
    F: Yes. Because he's so astonishingly good at his job. We had budgeted two full days, two 10-hour days is what we had budgeted and what we had, with some difficulty dealing with his rather fierce lawyer, gotten him/them to agree to. But it turned out that he got everything right the first time.
    L: Wow.
    F: And this is not easy because the issue is timing. He can't just say things. Well, he has to say them in exactly the quantity of time allotted before the next sequence starts or whatever, or before the music starts. And he got things right the first time, almost every time. So, he's good at his job.

  • Jodie Foster has confirmed she is in Elysium, and that she will only be filming for three weeks:

    Q: Now that you’re finishing up “Carnage,” what’s next?
    Foster: I’m about to start this film “Elysium.” I start in August. It’s directed by Neil Blomkamp, who made “District 9.” Matt Damon is in it. It’s sci-fi—very different from “The Beaver.”

  • From an interview with Will & Grace producer Tim Kaiser:

    Matt Damon: "He was far and away the best guest spot on 'Will & Grace.' He was game for anything and we had a blast with it."
  • 11 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rainn, Rain and Matt

    Rainn Wilson (Dwight on "The Office") tweeted today,

    "When it rains in LA it's the tears of the angels because somewhere, Matt Damon is sad."

    Haha- so random and funny!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 20th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainn, Rain and Matt

    So tired of Rainn Wilson. He regularly makes similar comments to destroy Twitter feeds (although Twitter is pretty much useless as it's currently 80% spam or sponsored feeds).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainn, Rain and Matt

    I'm such a moron about technology I don't even know what that means, I just enjoy people
    mentioning Matt in positive ways ;) Especially genius-types like Charles Ferguson...I love that he appreciates how good Matt is at his job!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 20th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainn, Rain and Matt

    I've just seen Inside Job and was amazed that Matt did the narration in only three hours - very smooth and effective work that was perfectly in sync with the film.

    (Rainn's only destroying my search feed and there's no actual intent involved. But the tweets are just idiotic.)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainn, Rain and Matt

    Inside Job was reviewed on Film 2011 a few weeks back, Claudia Winkelman said something like Matt should only do voiceovers, overall the film was good had some faults but Matt's narration was perfect. Marcia
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 21st, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rainn, Rain and Matt

    Lol. That's a hoot!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 21st, 2011 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jeanne Blake

    The Boston Herald interviewed Jeanne Blake about the book for teenagers discussed on Leno recently:


    Blake was previously married to Kent Damon.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 22nd, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Set photos

    Photos of Matt on the set of We Bought A Zoo with a grizzly bear:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Set photos

    There are even more (and better) photos at Zimbio.
    I'm lovin the bear!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2011 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Set photos

    The bear is gorgeous, and very well trained. Photos up shortly.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2011 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Weintraub premiere

    Matt's at the HBO premiere of the new Jerry Weintraub documentary:

    Variety_StuartL: At the HBO preem for producer Jerry Weintraub's docu. Should be lots of star power in support. Maybe Clooney, Pitt and Julia Roberts.

    Variety_StuartL: Matt Damon is here. A regular 'Oceans' player for Weintraub.

    A photo from
    HerNameIsDeidre: Just interviewed Ellen Barkin, amazing. Here's Matt Damon!! HOT yfrog.com/h3tkiovj


    Edited at 2011-03-23 02:41 am (UTC)
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