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More Contagion interviews
  • The longest junket interview is at Extra, and includes Matt talking about his Elysium character (and his character's tattoos), Liberace and Happy Feet 2.

  • Other interviews are at E! (partial interview only) and Access Hollywood part 1 and part 2.

  • In the extended version of the Ben Lyons interview at E online, Matt talks about how Lucy is the key to making his life work, how they make decisions together, future plans for water.org and President Obama's jab at the Correspondents' Dinner.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for all the great clips. Ben Lyons is the best interviewer out there imo. For some reason the extra clip won't play for me :(
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The Extra clip is great. Matt makes a really sweet comment about Stella. I can copy some text later.

    A longer interview from the main junket press conference:


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interview quotes

    My transcription of part of the interview mixed with the quotes from Extra.

    "Contagion's" Matt Damon, 40, is the proud father of four daughters, and when asked by "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli if he would consider trying again for a boy, Damon replied he was
    "D-d-d-d-done. We thought we were done up last time. We’re very happy with Stella, our 10 month old. She’s just, she’s just the best. We are done," adding, "We're closing the shop. That's a wrap. Our life is full. I want to know our kids' names."

    The actor commented on his pal Brad Pitt and the Brangelina brood, saying, "I honestly don't know how they do it. They seem to do it so effortlessly. I'm sure they're cloning themselves."

    [on raising four children]
    "It’s a lot of work and it’s great and I wouldn’t trade it for anything but four is good. We’ve got four and our oldest one is a teenager and they’re all at different phases and stages of life. That’s a full time, wonderful, but it’s a full time deal."

    [on Ben and Jen's pregnancy and if Ben wants a boy]
    "I’m really happy for them, that’s great, that’s great.
    We’ve had friends for whom it didn’t work out that way (baby not healthy) and that is the worst possible thing. The gender is such a little thing as long as the baby’s OK."

    [on Elysium]
    "It takes place in the future and I’m a guy who lives in a crappy neighbourhood, lots of tattoos, and it’s different from anything I’ve ever done."

    [are the tattoos real and would he get one?]
    "They have a screening thing they do, kind of like kiddie tattoos. They wash off at the end of the day. I could see me doing it for something that had significance for my kids, I could see that."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Don't know if this link is going to work but this is Rachel smith's interview from fox 5 in Vegas. It's really a nothing interview. (matt's interview lasts I think less than a minute). She had mentioned in a tweet that they got on the subject of boxers vs briefs but I guess it didn't make the cut. Nothing new. What happened to that MTV interview?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 30th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The MTV interview will probably appear closer to Contagion's release.

    Rachel really built that interview up (as she does every time).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Another interview


    Another video from your neck of the woods it appears. He mentions that this is highlights from his interview. So does that mean well get an extended version later? (again I hope this link works).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another interview

    Thanks, I caught this interview on TV this morning. Nelson Aspen always says how much he likes Matt and there's usually a lot of fawning from the hosts as well. The longer version of the interview has not been previously available later.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    People sighting

    This sighting from People is a week old:

    On a break from filming his new sci-fi movie Elysium, Matt Damon visited one of Vancouver's most popular attractions with his family: the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. The actor, wife Luciana and their kids were spotted checking out treetop views from all over the park and enjoying the nice weather.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Sexy Boy

    The interview with "Extra" was the best I've seen so far.
    Matt looks so, so HOT with his head shaved.
    And his voice ...OMG!
    Makes me want to do things to him, things I can't tell here :D
    Seriously now, I really want to see "Contagion"
    I hope it's better than "Outbreak," which was a disappointment
    How do you think is going to do at the box office?

    PS.You do a great work here (:
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Sexy Boy

    One prediction a few weeks ago was for a $22.5 million opening weekend, which would be great. Strong reviews will help, as will a good showing at Venice Film Festival. But a lot of people don't like the subject matter or want to be confronted with a pandemic movie. It's not a feel-good saccharine movie that rewrites history.

    Edited at 2011-08-31 01:48 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Here another breakdown of the press junket. Couple of new things.

    I'm trying to make these links clickable. At least it shows where the info is. Hope it helps.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 31st, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for the links.

    Update: a mix of interviews in this PopSugar clip:

    Edited at 2011-08-31 10:54 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 1st, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews and photos

    This 7 minute 50 video interview is the longest available so far - includes discussion of Happy Feet 2, Elysium, and the writing/creative process.


    The trailer for 'American Teacher', which is narrated by Matt:


    Contagion press conference photos:


    Edited at 2011-09-01 07:48 am (UTC)
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