Bloomberg introduced Damon to much applause, but told the crowd that he had taken time out of his busy schedule to shoot a scene for Damon's The Adjustment Bureau. After smiling, waving and saying his lines, the mayor said he couldn't wait for the DVD release - only to find out his scene was cut short.
"It turns out my whole scene is seven seconds," he said to laughs. "So, if you were in the theater and the popcorn line was long," people missed his big scene completely. Asking Damon to step up to the podium, Bloomberg quipped: "Matt, you got seven seconds!"
Damon thanked Bloomberg and Oliver for their commitment to the creative industries. "Thanks for bringing movies here so robustly," he said.
Damon also recalled when he and his friend Ben Affleck, who grew up in Boston, would come to NY to audition on their own dime when they were younger. "Our dream was...to actually some day get a movie some day that shot in New York," he said.
Now he has done a few films here and is raising his children here, Damon said in professing his love for the Big Apple. "I wish they were here tonight, but they are sleeping," he said about his kids. "I'm just so proud to live here."
Tonight the mayor's Made in New York Awards at Gracie Mansion honors Matt Damon. Forget the mayor was in his "The Adjustment Bureau." Forget he campaigned for Mike. Forget he's now a New Yorker. Forget he films here. Forget he has a recurring "30 Rock" role. Forget he directs a so-far-untitled movie in town this fall.
This July, District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s VFX-packed sci-fi movie Elysium will start filming in Vancouver as well. “Honestly, this groundbreaking movie is genuinely unlike anything you’ve seen, visually, politically, dramatically,” says Kinberg. “It’s in crazy lockdown.” Sony will release the film starring Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley and Wagner Moura (star of Jose Padilha’s Brazil hit Elite Squad).