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Zoo press, various
  • There's a new interview with Matt in the current issue of the UK's Radio Times. Part of the interview is at MSN:

    Matt Damon says he felt under more pressure with his latest film - We Bought A Zoo - than he did making the big-budget Bourne movies.

    He told the Radio Times: "It ends up being all on you.

    "I remember being deep in the s*** with (director) Paul Greengrass in the last Bourne movie - no script, writing it as we were going along, but Paul would say, 'remember, coming up here is a little bish bash bosh'. There were these anchors you could count on. But there's none of that in this. If this movie tanks, it'll be very bad for me because it's hanging on me."

    Matt said he'll feel a little strange when the new Bourne film, that he's not starring in, comes out this summer.

    "The last one was by-the-seat-of-your-pants film-making and was too much; it took years off our lives," he said.

  • A Sky interview with Matt and Cameron Crowe is now online.

  • Rosemarie DeWitt has joined the cast of Promised Land.

  • From an interview with Elysium actor Jared Keeso at the Independent:

    While he just finished filming a movie, Elysium, with Matt Damon (“stand-up guy and a hell of an actor”) in Mexico City, he counts a buckets-off, centre-ice hockey fight in the playoffs as one his best all-time experiences.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 15th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Zoo screening

    There's a Zoo screening and Q&A at the Mayfair in London today, but I don't know who is attending. Matt was in NY yesterday, and Cameron Crowe hasn't mentioned the screening (or any UK press) on his Twitter or website.

    Update: Nobody from the movie appeared to attend, and the only people there were D list. Matt hasn't attended an overseas premiere (that wasn't a film festival) since Invictus, because he was filming in London at the time.

    Edited at 2012-03-15 08:44 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Radio Times

    Here's an edited version of the Radio Times interview online:


    Edited at 2012-03-16 02:22 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    We Bought A Zoo

    I went to see We Bought a Zoo today here in the UK and loved it, i also did well in not crying. The kids were fantastic and Matt as always was brilliant. Cant wait till it comes out on dvd. By chance is Alexia in it?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We Bought A Zoo

    Alexia's in the film (and credited). Elle Fanning talked about being friends with her.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We Bought A Zoo

    I know it was mentioned repeatedly on website that Matt had officially adopted Alexia. But by her name on the credits list for We Bought A Zoo she still appears with her bio father, Arbelio's, last name.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 18th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: We Bought A Zoo

    Any articles saying that were incorrect. Matt has not adopted Alexia.

    Edited at 2012-03-18 02:01 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 17th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Guardian interview

    The interview was done in Venice last year, so it's very old, but some good quotes:


    My wife is my soul mate. I can't imagine being without her. Being a parent, as any parent knows, is a lot of work whether you are together or not. Our 13 year old is terrific, and she's a big help, but with the other kids it's just non stop. We like to do a lot of the family stuff together, particularly when we get them to school in the mornings. It starts at 6.30am. Once you get them off to school there's always a sigh of relief. Then we have one hour where we can go and get a cup of coffee together.

    Before I had kids I remember Don [Cheadle] saying to me that one of the great things about being an actor is that when you're not working you can be there in a way that most dads can't. And it's true you can be there 100% of the time – with everything.

    We have a two-week rule – we can't be apart as a family for longer – and so far we haven't gone beyond a week. I am doing a movie in Vancouver at the moment and I get a red-eye flight Friday night then on Sunday night I catch the red-eye flight back so I get back to Vancouver at 1.30am. Then I sleep and go to work at 5.30am. It's brutal. The good news is that the kids know that I'm going to be home every weekend. As they are waking up on Saturday morning, I come through the door.
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