Mr. Damon attested to Mr. Crowe’s nurturing ways. “He’s what all the great directors are: really collaborative,” he said. “He trusts and is open to ideas from everyone who works for him, not just the actors. That makes the working environment electric because everybody goes to work knowing they can have a huge impact.”
Mr. Damon, who has made films with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh and other big-league directors, said Mr. Crowe played music from his iPod via speakers during takes, often the exact songs that ended up in the film, to establish a mood. “I’ve never seen anyone do that,” he said.
For a particularly difficult scene in which Mr. Damon’s character, alone late at night, looks tearfully at photos of his dead wife on his laptop, Mr. Crowe cued up “Sinking Friendships,” by the Icelandic singer Jon Thor Birgisson (who performs as Jonsi), the song that accompanies the scene in the finished film. “It played throughout the entire sequence and really helped me — it was amazing— in ways I can’t even say,” Mr. Damon said. “It allows the actor to understand what movie they’re in.”
PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, and Water.org announced today an expansion of their partnership to scale WaterCredit, a market-driven model that will provide micro loans to families throughout India. This expansion will help enable approximately 800,000 people to access safe water by March 2016. The commitment is built upon a long-standing partnership between the PepsiCo Foundation and Water.org and is made possible by an $8 million grant – the largest contribution by the Foundation in its 50-year history.
Talk about a star-studded outing! Jeremy Renner was in the Big Apple, partying at 1920 Bunker Club in the Meatpacking District when he ran into Matt Damon. Renner, who will soon star in the next installment of the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy, chatted up the actor for some time. Damon, meanwhile, was out for the night with pal John Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt.