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Interviews, videos
  • Video of Matt's interview on the Today Show is at MSNBC. Photos of Matt meeting the crowd outside the NBC studios and collecting toys is at Aqualung's photostream at Flickr. Matt discussed football, Tom Brady and We Bought A Zoo on the Rich Eisen podcast and at NBC Sports. Matt also posed with the Patriots' three championship rings.

  • A bonus video of Matt on Letterman is available at the CBS site.

  • A new profile of Matt by Elle magazine, conducted in Vancouver in October, is available online, and most likely in the magazine's January issue. Those quoted in the article include Paul Greengrass, Joan Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and Scarlett Johansson. Some quotes below (new quotes about Matt's Elysium costume and practical jokes on set have not been included) - photos are from the Ben Watts GQ shoot:

    It’s a preposterous thing to wish for, of course, but then there’s something about Damon’s real-life persona—the physical adroitness, the brainy incorruptibility, the evident sense of duty—that blurs the line between truth (actor) and fiction (hero).

    When Damon arrives at a Vancouver restaurant on a crystalline October morning, he seems to take up more space than his technical 5'10" allotment. The preppy School Ties prettiness of his youth is tempered now by a few well-placed creases around the eyes and a certain comfortable-in-his-skin masculinity. If Damon weren’t Hollywood’s most all-American male—those teeth! that patriotism!—or the Cambridge-raised, Harvard-schooled poster boy of East Coast liberalism, he would have made a model Canadian: educated, funny, laid-back, allergic to pretense, fond of fleece. Today he radiates a particularly Pacific-Northwestern vigor, having spent the summer getting fit Mountie-style, racing up a vertiginous local hike known as the Grouse Grind with his wife of six years, Luciana. Damon is known for his work ethic; when he says he treated getting in shape “like a job,” it means something. But today, “I’ve shot the scene where I don’t have my shirt on,” he says, hoisting his latte. “I can have milk in my coffee again.”

    If he lacks Pitt’s raw sex appeal or Clooney’s debonair charm—and some would argue he surpasses them both—Damon does have a niche. Nice. The word clings to him with the persistence of cigarette smoke. Scarlett Johansson, his costar in this month’s We Bought a Zoo, calls him “a sweetheart, loved by everybody.” Joan Allen says he’s “above and beyond.” Greengrass echoes, “The truth is, all those stories about him being the nicest guy? That’s all true.” And his friend (and potential rival for the niche in question) John Krasinski: “I’d nominate him as one of the people who makes his parents the most proud.”

    Damon is fiercely loyal to his wife—a “real,” non-Hollywood, Argentina-born former bartender from Miami—and their adamantly off-the-radar domesticity. At home in New York, he is happily outnumbered in a household of women: Alexia, his wife’s daughter from a previous relationship, 13; Isabella, 5; Gia, 3; and Stella, 1. “Lucy,” he laughs, “has pretty much been pregnant for five years. We thought we were done, but Stella had other ideas.” When the baby cries at night, he goes into his middle daughters’ bedroom. “They wake up, and they’re confused,” he says. “So I say, ‘Daddy’s right here,’ and they go back to sleep. And then that way we can let Stella cry for two minutes, and she’s out.”

    There’s no telling whether Damon will start taking credit for his work once he joins the directorial ranks himself this spring. His behind-the-camera debut, which he and Krasinski are co¬writing, is about an upstate New York town torn over whether to drill for natural gas. “It raises interesting issues about the identity of the country,” Damon says. Still, both writers insist the film is about relationships—not an “issue movie.”

  • Other interviews are at Ivillage, USA Today (Matt talking about Scarlett), PopSugar and Flicks and bits. A preview of Matt and the cast on the Anderson show is at the Anderson site. The show will air next Wednesday.

    Anderson talks with Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon about the challenges of raising four daughters, the “tag team” parenting system he and his wife Luciana have set up in their home, and his relationship with his best friend, Ben Affleck.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Daily show

    I imagine the daily show will up online soon if not already but he was literally on for 5 minutes and there was nothing new. He told the story of his dad about the grizzly that he told on the podcast. But Jon Stewart is funny and Matt looked good dressed in all black like the today show but minus the tie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Daily show

    What'll you bet that the black shirt shows up on Charlie Rose, too? ;)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    That Letterman clip is amusing - as always, Matt is such a good sport. Now I understand Dave's remark about how gracious and generous Matt had already been.

    Really looking forward to watching Matt and Ben Mee together on the Anderson show. Mee seems a classy person.

    Saw the Daily Show last night and it seemed to me that Matt was a little uncomfortable with all the compliments about his looks.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 16th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I do agree with the daily show appearance. It was kind of awkward. I thought maybe he would mention the teacher march thing since jon had sent in a video because he couldn't be there. It was quick appearance and there wasn't much anyway.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 16th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The Daily Show and Today Show appearances were both very short and slightly awkward. What's the point of a personal appearance if they are so short?

    The funny thing about all the interviews is how few interesting stories there are about the making of the film. It was all so straightforward (seemingly) that nobody has any good stories or things to report. The only angle is the music, which has been overdone already.

    Edited at 2011-12-16 10:41 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 16th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Left NY

    Lots of sightings today of Matt (and probably family) leaving NY for Miami.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 16th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Washington Post (Matt and Cameron):


    “You know, Tom Cruise came to visit the set when we were making ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ and I kind of stood back at a certain point and watched the two of them talking,” Crowe says, referring to Cruise and Damon. “And I had the same idea. It’s like . . . ‘Stay there. Keep talking. I’ll be back with some script stuff in a moment.’ ”

    Brad Blanks video interview:

    Hollywood 5 podcast (Kid Craddock?) - Matt talks about Ryan Gosling as SMA and the water.org ad:

    Edited at 2011-12-17 12:37 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 18th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    how do you guys know that Matt's movie will film in March?? what other details do you guys know?? location?? crew members?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 18th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It has been mentioned in numerous places that the film will start in spring, most likely in March. It's also the time when John Krasinski is on hiatus from "The Office".

    Apart from Frances McDormand, Matt and John in the cast, Matt has only mentioned talking to Rodrigo Prieto to be his cinematographer. The location will be a small town in New York State. No other details are known yet, except the budget will be less than $12 million.

    The more I hear about the film the more it sounds like a transplanted version of "Local Hero".

    Edited at 2011-12-18 10:49 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 18th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Anderson preview

    Here's a video preview of the Anderson show, which looksl ike a lot of fun:

    Does everybody have access to the show? It's not available outside the US, but hopefully clips will be online.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 19th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    Anderson premiered not too long ago where I live. I'm hoping I'll be able to watch. If so I can give a recap but I do hope it shows up online. It look like it was fun.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 19th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks - a recap would be appreciated.

    ET had a We Bought A Zoo special on the weekend show, and the whole show is available online:

    Includes lots of clips from the movie, EPK footage and a recap of Matt's interviews over the years.
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