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Venice wrap-up, Elysium
  • Photos of Matt and Lucy leaving Venice are at INF Daily and PopSugar. The next stop for Matt is New York for a premiere on Wednesday.

  • Steven Soderbergh talked about Matt in a Reuters interview.

    Q: Once someone gets the virus, death is imminent so it's like a zombie movie without the zombies.
    Soderbergh: "Matt (Damon) wanted a zombie. He kept asking for one. He kept saying we'd make a lot more money if we had zombies. I said, 'Call Gwyneth! Let's see if she's up for it.'"

    Q: This is your sixth film with Matt. What is it about him that made you want him form "Contagion?"
    Soderbergh: "He's one of the few people that can play both ends of the spectrum -- he can be everyman, and he can be Jason Bourne. In 'Contagion' his character needed to be resolutely middle class. Matt's great at that because he's not one of those actors that comes in like, 'I wanna win this scene.' He's so completely lacking in vanity. He'll submit to the larger story and not worry about how he is coming across moment to moment."

  • Matt provided more details about Elysium in interviews at Buzzinefilm and Rumorfix. If Matt has been quoted accurately, Elysium may now be solely filming in Vancouver and no longer shooting in Mexico City.

    Q: What kind of movie is Elysium?
    Matt: I'm working up until the end of the year in Vancouver. The Blomkamp movie -- Elysium. It's a kind of sci-fi.

    Damon, who stars in this summer’s thriller Contagion, says that while production has already began on his next big film, it’s going to be while before it lands in theaters. “It’s coming out in 2013... There’s going to be some incredible visual effects in the movie so that’s going to take some time in post production.”

  • Another interview with Matt is at IMDB:

    Matt: I love IMDB... I don’t know - I’m always on there. I’m checking out resumes of people. Every time I get on a new crew I usually go down check out people, see what they’ve worked on. Chances are if I don’t know them, we’ll still have a ton of mutual friends and people in common. So I use it a lot for that kind of stuff.

  • An interview with the actor who plays Matt's son in Contagion is at Triblocal.

  • Matt attended a lunch for Golden Globes members in Venice and recorded a video on his favorite location in Venice for the Globes website.

  • Official videos from Venice: the arrival of the cast by boat, the press conference and extended footage of the red carpet.
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    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 6th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Here is the audio of the press conference in LA with the cast. (It seems to have some weird edits and really no quotes we haven't read online before, but it's just the audio of the quotes)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Audio of press conference

    Thanks for the link. I was just thinking that we hadn't seen a complete transcript of the junket interview yet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Scott Z Burns interview

    Coming Soon has an interview with Scott Burns where he talks about working with Matt:


    CS: Obviously you tell this story through a lot of different viewpoints and characters. Matt Damon's obviously supposed to be us. He's the person who has someone die from this and he has to deal with it and go from there. Was he always going to be the core of the story?

    Burns: Yeah, I always feel like in a movie like that you want to have your proxy, both for me as a writer, but also I think for the audience. It's someone to go on the ride with in a very relatable way. Matt is so good at that as an actor, so Steven and I had always talked about that character being Matt. Yeah, you're exactly right, that was sort of the function of that character. I didn't want to do kind of a braided storyline where the things interact by some kind of magical thing. What I wanted the stories to parallel and inform each other, but not necessarily overlap.

    CS: I want to ask about working with Matt because obviously you've worked with him a few times, and I've spoken with other filmmakers who've worked with him before. They all rave about him as a collaborator. Charles Ferguson said that pretty much wrote the last line of his movie "Inside Job" while doing voiceover, so I'm curious about how you collaborate with Matt when it comes to the dialogue in this.

    Burns: Well, it's great for me. Because Matt is a writer and has such a great feel for language, it works two ways. One, it's more fun for me to write for him because I can hear his voice while I'm writing, so I think that may help me write better, but also, if there's something that isn't working, he'll come to me in the morning because we have a kind of relationship where he'll come to me in the morning and go, "Let's go sit in my trailer and talk about this scene." We'll work on a scene together and then when we're happy with it, we'll go and talk to Steven about it. People in Hollywood would go, "So Steven actually lets you talk to Matt? How can that be?" The great thing about working with Steven is that he doesn't really stand on ceremony and everyone is very respectful of each other and he does feel collaborative. When Matt and I come to him it's like, "Hey, we thought this might be better." Steven sometimes will go, "You're right. That is better. Let's do that." Or he'll say, "Nah, that's not better. Let's do it the way we talked about it." It isn't about whose name is higher than whose on the call sheet. It's about the work that day and what makes the best scene.

    Edited at 2011-09-06 01:11 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


    More video of Matt and Lucy on the red carpet:


    Matt and Gwyneth are playful in this German interview:


    Edited at 2011-09-06 02:27 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 6th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Videos

    That German interview is very cute.

    By now I've read quite a number of reviews and one thing has become clear - different critics have singled out different actors as being the 'best'. It's all over the map! I've seen Matt, Jennifer, Kate, and even Gwyneth singled out. Today I saw the first praising Jude. It's quite amusing. It is such a subjective thing. We just like who we like - critics too.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 6th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


    And the movie is not going to be universally liked.

    Here's the MTV inteview by a fan (which cannot be viewed in Australia and maybe other countries outside the US):


    Matt and Gwyneth in a water taxi togther:


    Interview with Scott Z Burne:


    Edited at 2011-09-06 09:44 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    Daily Beast profile

    An interesting profile of Matt at the Daily Beast (minus the incorrect reference to Lucy being an interior designer):


    But in film after film, Matt Damon has shown audiences how to do what seems almost impossible in today’s culture: to be a decent person, striving for goodness without goodness demanding attention for itself.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Beast profile

    Wow I never read that 2007 GQ interview before. It was really weird for me to read his thoughts about Bush, I thought he hated his guts, guess I was wrong.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Beast profile

    Matt never said that he liked Bush, but in a few interviews he mentioned how the Bush government funded an overseas aid program (PEPFAR?)
    fogfrog From: fogfrog Date: September 7th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Beast profile

    The part about his acting skills and approach corresponds to his words in Actors' Studio about showy performances - "Pushing it in anyway... and people stand up and cheer...". It's interesting that Mr Rushfield isn't first one who write this about Matt. I think Matt should be nominated (as an actor) more times for Academy Award (or any other award) then just for GWH and Invictus. Maybe "Liberace" could bring him some nomination :-) It could be enough interesting for Academy (and others) to notice him if it would be any good. Or as usual, just M. Douglas will be nominated :-D Even though, someone suggested that "We Bought A Zoo" could bring him some nominations. Speaking about awards... Any info if he's going to Emmy?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily Beast profile

    I don't think anybody's anticipating any awards attention for Zoo.

    Re the Emmys - this is not the best source, but there was a tweet from somebody sitting next to Matt and Lucy at dinner in LA during the Contagion junket (possibly at dinner with Soderbergh and Scott Burns). One of the the things she mentioned was Matt saying he would skipping the Emmys.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 7th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    Gwyneth talks about working with Matt briefly in this EXTRA interview. It's nice to see Gwyneth actually did do some press for the movie, she has been on many shows today.


    starts about 2mins in.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)
    And Jude's done a few print interviews while Marion joins the press tomorrow.

    On another track, Cameron Crowe is appearing on Kimmel on Thursday to promote the Pearl Jam movie.

    USA Today interview: http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/story/2011-09-06/Contagion-created-a-crew-of-germaphobes/50287972/1

    Damon believes he came away "relatively unscathed" from the experience, but his family germ habits could still be affected. "My wife hasn't seen it yet," he says with a smile. "Maybe things will change."

    Edited at 2011-09-07 01:25 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Regis and Kelly

    If anyone can write a summary of the Regis and Kelly show or post a clip online, it would be much appreciated. It's definitely not shown in Australia, and I'm not sure if it's available outside the US.

    The Today interview will be available online shortly after it airs.

    GQ looks at Matt's style evolution (or lack thereof):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Regis and Kelly

    fogfrog From: fogfrog Date: September 7th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Regis and Kelly

    Well, I catched Regis and Kelly, somehow, but just right in the end when they showed clip with Matt's character and after that Kelly offered Regis and Matt "Purell" (I guess) all three of them washed their hands...

    Anyway here's interview from Today's Show on official page: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/44422907#44422907

    I'm in Europe and have no problem playing it :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Regis and Kelly

    Thanks for the link. Matt talks about all the kids going back to school tomorrow, Liberace, Elysium and the germ factor in Contagion.


    Edited at 2011-09-07 02:12 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Today show

    i didn't think I would be able to watch matt on today but I was able to catch it. A lot of it was nothing new. Matt lauer interviewed him. He said he came out confident (then he said fairly optimistic) after making the movie about a real virus because of the experts they worked with. He mentioned dr lipkin again. One funny thing ML put on a doctors mask at beginning of interview as a joke but apparently he's a germaphobe.

    Most interesting thing was that the girls go back to school tomorrow. Mentioned that his 5 yr old was excited to go back. His 3 yr old going to school for first time but she doesn't know where she's going and that he has one starting 7th grade. As he put it a lot of dropoffs tomorrow. So does this mean he'll be commuting now from NYC to Vancouver? He probably be able to do it being he doesnt work every day

    Ok off to watch Kelly & regis.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 7th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Today show

    Ok you can delete above post. Lol. Having the actual video is better than my recap. Ok waiting for kelly& Regis.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Today show

    No, thank you very much for the summary. And he definitely seems to be referring to the kids attending school in NY, so I don't know what's going on with Elysium continuing to film in Vancouver.

    Gotta love YouTube - the full segment on Regis and Kelly is already available (part 2 is especially sweet):

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhqBMZ2JoX8
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWZA-H5phIU
    Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcLZSMB-xUI

    Edited at 2011-09-07 02:42 pm (UTC)
    fogfrog From: fogfrog Date: September 7th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Today show

    What an interview! LOL
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 7th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Today show

    He was very relaxed on both shows. New post up.

    Edited at 2011-09-07 03:30 pm (UTC)
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