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Bourne, Jeremy Renner
  • Jeremy Renner discussed his new Bourne role and plans to work with Matt in press junket interviews at MTV and Indiewire.

    Renner is currently filming "The Bourne Legacy," the first "Bourne" film in the series that doesn't feature Matt Damon. Despite the fact that he is taking over the franchise from its former leading man, Renner said there are no hard feelings between the two of them. In fact, Damon has been nothing but supportive of the whole process.

    "He's always been so complimentary to me from the moment I met him. Such a great guy," Renner said. "I met him from 'The Town,' obviously, 'cause of him and Ben [Affleck] being best buds. I met him first at the Academy Awards, actually, for 'The Hurt Locker.' He sat in front of me, and he saw 'The Town' before I saw it and said he loved it. He's a very, very complimentary, loving dude."

    The duo met up recently in New York, where Renner said they did end up talking about the "Bourne" franchise. But instead of trying to convince Damon to make a cameo appearance in "The Bourne Legacy," the two actors ended up discussing how they'd like to work together on a future project.

    "I want to work with him, actually. That's what we talked about mostly, just sort of, maybe getting to work together somehow, some way, something," Renner said.

    Meanwhile, Renner revealed that he did speak to Matt Damon about passing the 'Bourne' baton, and he similarly advised him to focus on the physical demands of the role. “He’s such a cool, grounded guy that it’s sort of like, how do you give advice to somebody on something,” he confessed. “If anything, he said, just listen to your guys that know what they’re doing. He’s worked with Dan Bradley, who did all the action on all the ‘Bourne’ movies – and he’s actually our Second Unit Director on ‘Mission.’ I was happy to know that he was part of this ‘Bourne’ movie, and he said, ‘just trust that guy.’”

    “I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, perfect - you don’t have to tell me,’ ” Renner said. “ ’I’ve already worked with him. He’s awesome.' [Damon said,] ‘He’s going to ask you to do some really terrifying things, but you can just trust that it’s all all right.’ ”

  • Another photo of Matt on the set of Elysium is at PopSugar.
  • 21 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Event on Thursday

    Matt no longer appears on the guest list for the International Senior Lawyers Project event today:


    Separately, a good quote from Jeremy Renner following his press junket last weekend, via Jeff Sneider:

    Jeremy Renner after a long Mission Impossible junket...Publicist: 'Your suit is waiting in the car.' Renner: 'Is my self respect there too?'

    Edited at 2011-12-01 12:37 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 1st, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ElysiuM set pics


    Heres more pics of Matt on set and I believe the director. (I think the man in the gray button down shirt is matt's bodyguard)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 1st, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: ElysiuM set pics

    Thanks for the great photos - they're the best we've seen from the set so far. (Seems like a lot of standing around and not much filming.) From the same series as the one PopSugar photo and from Splash. And it is the first time we've ever seen Neill Blomkamp on the set.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2011 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo clip, Letterman

    Another cute Zoo clip:

    Matt's on Letterman next week (6 December).

    Contagion will be released on DVD 3 January.

    Edited at 2011-12-03 12:19 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2011 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Contagion is released in UK 5th March 12
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    Contagion was released a few weeks ago in the UK. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Contagion

    The DVD release of the film in the UK will be in March.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2011 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews and footage

    Interviews with Zoo cast and crew members and B-roll footage is now available online:

    A few interviews, including those with Cameron Crowe and Colin Ford, aren't currently working.

    Thomas Hayden Church and Scarlett have some really nice comments about Matt.

    Update: all clips are now working.

    Edited at 2011-12-03 10:49 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Margaret Extremely Limited UK Release

    Has been released in the UK at one cinema in London's Leicester Square, for a short release. The reviewer I heard really liked it, and was baffled by the extremely restricted release. I'll have to wait for the DVD instead :(

    Lots of love for We Bought a Zoo, seems to have avoided all the pitfalls of being too sentimental, can't wait to see it. By the way am I the only one who thinks Jeremy Renner is an idiot? Why did he become an actor? Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 4th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt - Mr Nice Guy

    I was just wondering, every interview i read or hear people always say what a wonderful person Matt is, has there ever been anyone in the business who has turned round and said they didnt like him or didnt enjoy working with him? I know its a weird question and hard to believe if anyone actually did say that but everyone likes him (including me)and im sorry for asking if you dont want to answer
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 4th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt - Mr Nice Guy

    Interesting question. No, but it would be very rare to hear that from anybody (about any star). I still don't think Matt and Mark Wahlberg are friendly, despite what both of them say, but that would be the only co-star I would suspect Matt isn't on good terms with. Franka Potente seemed to have a hard time getting to know Matt, but they act friendly.

    I think it is rare for Matt to become very close with a co-star (eg Emily Blunt, Heath Ledger), because he keeps a distance with almost everyone, but he's certainly polite and friendly with all co-stars. The word that seemed to be most used during the Zoo interviews (linked above) was that he's very generous.

    What's more interesting about Matt is that I've only ever seen one comment by someone where Matt wasn't friendly when they met in person (he was with Ben in an airport). Every other time, of the thousands of encounters I've read about, Matt was friendly, nice, kind, patient etc when approached or seen in public. And you don't read that about many other stars consistently.

    Edited at 2011-12-04 02:13 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 4th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt - Mr Nice Guy

    Wasn't it soderbergh a few years ago say that Matt wasn't a friend that he's never been to matt's house b/c there are things that matt constitutes as being a friend? I can't remember the exact quote but I found that interesting. I'm sure they respect each other being that they've worked together many times. (they always have nice things to say about each other).

    He seems to be close to don cheadle too since they have vacationed together.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 4th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt - Mr Nice Guy

    Good memory. This was a similar thread on the site last year:


    It includes my recollection of the quote from Deauville:

    (Soderbergh said Matt isn't a real friend to him, only a colleague, as Matt has strong beliefs about what constitutes a friend.)

    Don would be a real friend, as would George, but probably not Brad.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 4th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt - Mr Nice Guy

    It seems to me that Matt genuinely likes Brad - he's made so many positive comments about him. But maybe Brad's pap-drenched lifestyle undermines any chance they have to be friends in a real-life, let's hang out, non-set sort of way. Matt obviously does all he can to avoid the paps and live quietly.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 4th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Anderson Cooper

    It looks like Matt and the Zoo cast are appearing on Anderson Cooper's talk show - from a producer of the show on Twitter:

    TVTerence Terence Noonan
    Saw a screening of "We Bought a Zoo" and it's great! excited for Matt Damon, Scarlett Johanson and the rest of the cast to do Anderson!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium shoot finished

    Matt has apparently told a journalist today that he finished Elysium Saturday night. He must be doing zoo press today.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 5th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium shoot finished

    And there was another comment about a screening of Zoo with a Q&A by Matt tonight - possibly a SAG or HFPA screening.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt at q&a

    Matt Damon Q&A for new film "We Bought A Zoo". @ IFC Center instagr.am/p/XlvSd/
    47 minutes ago via

    Several comments showing up on twitter tonight.
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