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Interview, Liberace to HBO
  • Matt talked about working with Ben again and upcoming projects at English magazine Shortlist - excerpts:

    It’s been 14 years since Good Will Hunting. Do you have any plans to write another script with Ben Affleck?
    Yeah, we really want to work together again. We have a couple of things we’re developing and we have a deal together over at Warner Bros, but he’s making a great movie right now called Argo... But he’s doing great and we have a couple of projects at Warners that we’re developing, so we’re hoping we can work together.

    You’re also in upcoming film We Bought A Zoo alongside live animals. How was that?
    Well, I actually worked with lions, tigers and bears. Cameron [Crowe, the director] and I would joke because I’ve got these two adorable children in the movie so it’s like I broke every rule at once [laughs]. Every animal and two really adorable kids — let’s just get this out of the way now.

    What was your favourite animal encounter?
    The lion. I’d never seen a lion up close. I was as close as you and I are now, and when you look at their eyes they look like they’re 1,000 years old. They look like you can see into their souls. It was really amazing, and here’s the freaky thing: they couldn’t really get the lion to stand where he was supposed to stand. When it came to shooting him, they needed him to look towards me, right? Now, keeping in mind that a lion can only work with a human being if he’s a third-generation domestic. So his grandfather was born in captivity…

    Like a showbiz lion…
    Literally, a showbiz lion. But what they did to get him to look my way was they walked a zebra about a 100 yards behind me, and this lion just looks up, boom, like that. So just three generations away from hunting on the plains, he still was like, “I am going to eat that thing right now.” When you see that you just step back. It is so impressive. Especially to be between the lion and the zebra, it was like, holy sh*t. It was really, really amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that. So that was cool.

    What can you tell us about Elysium, the sci-fi epic from District 9’s Neill Blomkamp, due out in 2013?
    I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. I play a guy who’s been in and out of prison and he’s very different from any role I’ve ever played. I have very, very high hopes for the movie. I think it’s going to be really good.

  • The Steven Soderbergh Liberace project will now be called Behind the candelabra (the original title of Scott Thorson's book) and will air on HBO without a theatrical release, likely in late 2012.

    Behind The Candelabra will start production in summer 2012, with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

  • Anthony Mackie discussed Matt in an interview at the St Louis American.

    As he presses on, he looks to an unlikely contemporary as a source of career envy. “Matt Damon,” Mackie said in a matter of fact tone.

    “When I look at him I feel like his resume is really interesting, but he is also an intellectual. He’s into politics, causes, current events and philanthropy. I want to be involved in social politics and how my decisions affect the generation that’s looking at me – to influence and help people.”

  • Matt may be attending a benefit in New York on 1 December honoring attorney Keith S. Watson for his commitment to pro bono work in Africa - details here.
    Those attending the ISLP gala will include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month; keynote speaker George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations; and special guest Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It's amazing that you're able to still find stuff and it's so quiet. Nice hearing him talk about we bought a zoo. Nice that we got something new in the interview too.

    Thanks for the updates.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interview, Liberace to HBO

    Good interview.He also talks about "the Maaaattt Daaaaamon" joke from Team America.Clever man(and good questions)

    Liberace to HBO:Well... that was a surprise to me.Although,I think you're right about the reason.

    Nice collection of photos to celebrate Matt's birthday :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Shortlist Magazine

    It's a free handout at London tube stations, usually on a Friday. I'm off work today so would have missed this. Thanks for posting. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 14th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Shortlist Magazine

    Thanks Marcia - I hadn't heard of it before. The quotes from the interview have received a lot of coverage.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 15th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The American Way / Elysium

    Matt seems to have attached himself this week to a new documentary currently filming titled 'The American Way'.

    The website for the film is here:

    The director is Joshua Cook, who works at the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, where Matt's step-father Doug Kline works (or used to work).

    The project sounds really interesting, and the blog is a good quick read:

    The website hasn't been updated with Matt's involvement yet.

    Today should be the last day of filming for Elysium in Vancouver. Lots of extras have been on set the last few days in Surrey.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)


    Somebody tweeted today that Matt's in Vancouver for another two weeks (filming now supposedly finishes on Sunday).

    Details of the Mexican casting notice for Elysium:



    English casting notice:
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    On set photo

    A rare photo from the set of Elysium - Matt with costumer Barnaby Smith.

    XCLUSIVE - Matt Damon walks back to trailer for a lunch break on the last day of shooting Elysium....


    Photo series is at Punkd:

    Edited at 2011-10-16 05:04 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 16th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On set photo

    I don't understand how he can be in Vancouver for another 2 wks if filming ends this weekend. Punked is saying yesterday was his last day. I did see another cast member/extra tweet today was last day but maybe it's HIS last day of filming.

    I guess we'll find out sooner or later.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: On set photo

    And Matt left Vancouver last night for NY.

    Maybe he could be in Vancouver for prep work before Mexico - we'll see.

    Video of the skit at the Clinton concert (I don't think Matt filmed with anybody else):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 16th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Clinton concert

    Matt appeared in a short clip by Funny or Die as part of the Clinton Foundation Concert. The clip isn't online yet:

    DigitalLADigital LA
    @Jason_Segal introduces a short clip created by @funnyordie w Ben Stiller, Matt Damon, Jack Black etc #clintonconcert

    RBMORDRobert Cook
    Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Etc., Etc., Staff The Clinton Foundation Celebrity Division
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