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Directing project, various
  • Matt discussed his directing project and the casting of Frances McDormand, fame and Bourne in a radio interview at KCRW. A summary of the interview is at Film Stage, The Playlist and First Showing.

    Damon said, “I just love the whole process of filmmaking and talking to actors and because I’m writer also, I get to collaborate with these directors that I work with and I really enjoy the other side of the camera. I’m in front of the camera in the first one I’m directing. It turns out if you write, direct and act for free, you can get pretty good creative terms for your movie.”

    He says, "I feel like there is more riding on this one then there will be on the second one that I direct because you only kind of get one chance to make a first impression, so that I think about a little bit, but again those aren’t thoughts that are necessarily helpful or that will make for a better movie.”

  • Other interviews are at the New York Daily News, Winnipeg Free Press and the Chicago Sun Times:

    “All these movies are going to be out there cannibalizing each other,” says Damon. “I feel pretty good about this one because I feel like we kind of occupy a space that those other ones don’t. I don’t think Christmas Day you’re going to want to take your 13-year-old to see ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’ Now Christmas night, I'll go to ‘Dragon Tattoo’ after I put the kids down. I literally can’t wait for the movie.

    “We’ll all find the audience we deserve — I hope.”

    Q. What girly things do you do with your daughters?
    Matt. There’s a lot of dressing up and princess playing. I talked to Jeff Bridges and his wife about it. Jeff has three daughters and said, “You gotta dive in like me. I always end up with mascara on my face.” As for me, I just let myself go and be a guinea pig.

    Q. You’re a diehard Boston sports fan. What do you think of the Cubs getting Theo Epstein? Any advice?
    A. Chicago fans, let me just say this to you. I’m genuinely rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. I really hope Theo does it there. He’s great and a totally classy guy. We already miss him in Boston, but we share the hope in Boston that the guy who gave our city so much does the same in Chicago.

  • Various video, photo and text previews of the Anderson show (airing today) are available at the official site and Yahoo:

  • Matt discusses his favorite Christmas film here.

  • Cameron Crowe discussed Matt at AZ Central. Cameron also discussed a scene that Matt improvised at Coming Soon:

    Q: Matt Damon is really good in it.
    A: He's so good. He's such a good writer. There was a real collaboration with him as we were making the movie on script stuff and dialogue. It was the strongest collaborator I've had in that way.

    Q: Do you think he's underrated as an actor?
    A: He's way underrated. Matt's more of the Jimmy Stewart guy. The template for that guy -- or Cary Grant -- is they make it so invisible that you don't go, "Anthony Hopkins? Matt Damon." You should, 'cause that stuff is so hard. What he does in the movie, I think, is as hard as it ever gets as an actor -- to be light when you need to be and then warm when you need to be and then be completely internal ... and arguing with his son. That was a moment when Matt stepped away from the camera and I was kind of blown away that there was an extra dimension that we had gone to with the scene. And Matt said, "Well, I haven't done that in a movie before."

    That might have been one of the top three proudest moments I've ever had as a director. Because you look at Matt, he's totally an energetic guy, but you look at his body of work and it's like, long. So for him to say he went to a new place is great. But he's so good at it, he makes it look like it's the easiest tennis swing. It's that thing. It's the hardest thing.

  • From a review at the Village Voice:

    The cynics will scoff and dismiss it all as manipulative, the heartstring-tugging machine on hyperdrive. But this movie isn't for them; did you not see the PG? It's a sweet, sincere, utterly affable kids' movie about how parents are all kinds of screwed up and unable to tell their kids what they want or show them how they feel. The scene in which Benjamin and Dylan have their hallway shout-off ("Help me, damn it! Help me!") is as wrenching as it is inevitable. And Damon has never been more lovable—the guy looks like he could use a hug.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Anderson recap

    Just finished watching it and I think that best parts of the show are shown on the clips already online. Matt's one on one with Anderson is pretty much what you see in the online clips. Anderson made fun of his hair in mystic pizza saying he had a flock of seagulls hairdo going on. Matt said that Colin ford reminds him of himself and Ben when they were his age. Serious and focused. ( Colin is 15). Colin had to read some short stories for school and Matt discussed it with him b/c he had read them when he was in school. Matt said his most challenging role was courage under fire. They cut out most of the part where Anderson hands the mike to scarlet & Matt. They just showed scarlet running up to people asking what is your question and Matt is just looking on. At one point they were going to commercial break and showed a clip of Matt with the mike going up to an audience member and then clip of another audience member seemingly asking Matt about Ben (they didn't show what She asked) because Matt responded, "my hetero lifemate. ". But when they came back from commercial that was the end of the show. Maybe they'll show it online but I'm guessing it's nothing we haven't heard before.

    That was about it. Didn't spend too much time with cameron Crowe or Thomas Haden church. Just asked a couple of questions of kids and devoted one segment to Matt and one to Scarlett.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I just posted a long winded recap for Anderson but it didn't post for some reason. I just noticed they posted more clips of the show online that didn't show on air. The clips that were already online are the best parts of the show in my opinion. They did not show the part where he talks about ben (I'm sure we've heard before). They pretty much just showed Scarlett with the mike going up to audience members and Matt looking on. A good portion I think got left out. Not too much time with cameron and Thomas Haden church. A few ques with the kids. Little girl who plays Rosie is adorable.

    Anderson made fun of matt's mystic pizza hair calling it a flock of seagulls hair wave. When colin ford had to read short stories for school Matt discussed it with b/c he had read them when he was in school. That's about it. I hope this posts.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 21st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: anderson

    Thanks for the summaries. Colin is such a serious kid who's done very well in all press interviews.

    Lots of clips now online, including Matt talking about why he's not considering Broadway at the moment, his most challenging role etc.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 21st, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: anderson

    Sorry for the double post but somethings going on on my end. Earlier neither of my posts had posted nut now I see it. I'm glad they posted the clips that didn't make it on air.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2011 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian screenings

    For Australian readers, Hoyts is showing We Bought A Zoo and Happy Feet 2 on Christmas Day, if you want to get the movies one day earlier.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)



    Matt talking about a few of his movie roles. Nothing too new.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 22nd, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Thanks for the link. Best quote:

    Perhaps that's why Damon's collaborators tend to rave about him, especially Soderbergh, Eastwood, Clooney and Greengrass; they all agree he's a team player in every sense of the word.

    "I'm always cautious about overstepping any boundaries," Damon says. "At the end of the day, it's a director's medium, and if they don't want to hear from me, I just step back."

    Edited at 2011-12-23 01:01 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 23rd, 2011 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    More links

    A MTV 'After hours' special - a Jewish quiz for Matt and Scarlett (again, it is not available for people outside the US):

    All cast interview, including Cameron saying nice things about Matt and his reputation:

    Cinemax commentary by Matt, Cameron and Thomas on a scene:

    Jonsi animated video for Gathering Stories:

    Good reviews at NY Times, LA Times, WSJ and SF Chronicle.

    Recent Twitter post by Cameron:
    CameronCroweCameron Crowe
    @mojorant Damon is at the very top of his game right now. A joy to watch.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 24th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Movie out today

    Anybody seen We Bought A Zoo? Comments?

    Matt and Cameron are on Charlie Rose (PBS) tonight (Friday).

    Edited at 2011-12-24 02:46 am (UTC)
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