Horsdal: I did a table reading for Elysium, the new Neill Blomkamp [District 9] movie. It’s going to start shooting here [Vancouver] at the end of this month. It stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The script is so top secret that they wouldn’t email me a copy or even give me a copy. I had to go to the production office, sign in, sit in a room, read the script, give it back, and sign out, so they knew exactly how long I had been in there so they would know if I had any time to do anything shady. With technology they have to find ways to ensure it doesn’t leak. Because, c’mon, that ruins the storytelling.
Early award-winning turns in Devil in a Blue Dress and Boogie Nights proved he was a heavyweight contender, but the relationships he forged at Steven Soderbergh’s Section 8 production company were about more than networking. Cheadle and chums George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon – all erstwhile stars of the Ocean ’s series – represent a new, globally minded kind of Hollywood player.
“I think it’s something we discovered in each other’s company,” says Cheadle. “We have similar concerns. And we’ve been able to put together organisations to try to address those things. And the beat goes on. It’s not a one-off thing. Because the kind of issues we’re talking about too often get some attention and then none. That, and we’re all in it for the money, you know.”
Despite his glamorous chums, Cheadle has raised his teenage daughters in ordinary south California suburbs and swears that playdates with Matt Damon’s family aren’t as Hollywood as they sound.
“We do hang out with the Damons a little bit, but they’re even more low-key than we are,” laughs Cheadle. “If we lived in that world I could see how it could be a problem raising teenagers. But we don’t party. We’re not jet-set. And even if we were, my teenagers would not be impressed. They’re not looking to take advantage. They want to do their own thing. They don’t want to latch on to actors or dad. They’re not impressed by my job or Hollywood or any of that stuff.”
Ford: I am really excited and can’t wait for everyone to see “We Bought a Zoo”, directed by Cameron Crowe. It is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2011. I was so fortunate to get to work with someone I have always respected, Matt Damon. He has a great personality and work ethic and I learned a lot from him. The film has something for the entire family; it will make you laugh and cry it’s both a drama and a comedy. I got to film with some really cool animals. My other costars were Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit, and Thomas Hayden Church.
Six years after the movie was made, an arbitration is finally set to take place in September over the final cut of Margaret, the Kenneth Lonergan film starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon.