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."
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.”
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.