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Interviews, World Water Day
  • There are some new interviews with Matt at The Guardian and the Radio Times to promote the release of We Bought A Zoo in the UK. The Guardian interview and a separate one at Metro are from last September at the Venice Film Festival, and the Radio Times interview is from December 2011. A report on the Q&A with Benjamin Mee at the low-key UK premiere is at Filmoria.

    Matt: When I was 15, 16, 17 we used to go backpacking across Mexico and Guatemala. We would begin by doing a language school course. They work by immersion therapy – you go to school for six hours a day and then you go home with a Mexican family. Spanish is the only language spoken. After a couple of weeks, we'd be ready to take a bus and travel around the country. I remember travelling on buses stuffed with chickens. Being from Boston, I'd never seen stuff like that and I'd never seen poverty like I saw there. The way people live out in the country. They are very poor, living in shacks – it's a type of poverty you don't really encounter in the north-east of America.

    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.

  • From an interview with Jeremy Renner about the Bourne movies:

    Jeremy plays a new CIA operative in the film based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. He hopes that he will one day get to work alongside former Bourne star Matt Damon.

    “Selfishly I dream of Matt and I actually doing one, being adversaries or whatever it may be,” he said. But there’s no talks or anything. This one has to do well, people have to like it and want to see another one.”

    As for fight scenes Jeremy doesn’t see himself getting aggressive with Matt in real life. He believes the pair would get along famously.

    “I think we’d rather get a beer than fight,” he laughed.

  • Matt and Gary White have made a new video in advance of World Water Day on 22 March, when a new partnership with Levi's will be launched. The video is at YouTube (still below), and more information about World Water Day is at water.org.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 17th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Spring break

    It's spring break from school, and Matt's already in Miami.

    Can anybody work out the background location in the Water.org video - possibly Haiti?

    Edited at 2012-03-17 08:32 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Spring break

    Thats what I was thinking that its Haiti.

    I think their spring break from school up there is 2 wks so it doesn't surprise me they are in Miami.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 18th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Renner's comments on Bourne.

    No, sorry, but no. Renner doesn't mean anything to me. I think he's not sexy enough. He's not a bad actor, though.
    They had to add Weisz and Norton to make "Legacy" more interesting. In the first three movies, Matt was the only star and that was enough.
    What a way to ruin a perfect franchise!! {{{>___<}}}

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 19th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Renner's comments on Bourne.

    Renner's a good "outside" actor, but what made Bourne special was that, for all the action, the real story was going on inside the character. Matt is the king of interior acting. That, imho, is the reason the Bourne series worked: action AND a character we cared about whose inner turmoil made the action meaningful as a mirror of his own distress. Unless Legacy has those elements, it's just another action flick--probably make a bunch of money but not as much as the makers hope. We'll see.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 20th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land

    First news of location filming - an orchard may be used for filming in the first week of May. IMDB comments are suggesting the background theme of the film will be hydraulic fracturing mining.


    Sturges Orchards
    A movie company was at the farm today looking to shoot a movie called "Promise Land" with Matt Damon. Filming starts first week in May. The location guy said its between us and one other place. Who knew? Lol
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 23rd, 2012 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photo collection

    A Spanish collection of a regular pose of Matt and Lucy on the red carpet (it's not to hard to find some examples - there's at least a couple of photos from each red carpet appearance):


    A Huffington Post article from Matt and Gary for World Water Day:


    Edited at 2012-03-23 09:20 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo collection

    OK pictures -- the "poses" were not done well but that is the photographer's job to take a good picture. However, good compilation of pictures.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 23rd, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Another location shoot


    Another location shoot revealed for promised land.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 24th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)


    Matt may now be in Boston.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 24th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There's a little clip of Matt at the Clinton foundation poker night at YouTube from last month. Was trying to link to it but having trouble. You can type in his name and 'all in' if you want to see it.

    Few people tweeted seeing Matt last night in Boston so I guess he was there. Someone tweeted this morning saying Matt was on his flight. Don't think he was 100% sure though so we'll see. He's going to be busy again soon with promised land & liberace so I guess he's taking advantage of his downtime.

    I never did see an actual sighting in Miami but I saw someone posted on their Facebook about meeting him at gym earlier this week. Was that the Miami sighting? I'm not on Facebook so sometimes i'll just see a partial post and am not allowed to see the rest.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 25th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I don't think there were any cameras at the Clinton poker night. In the 'All in' poker documentary Matt's shown at the Ante up for Africa tournament a few years ago in Vegas.

    There was a photo of Matt at the gym in Miami last Saturday, plus the Facebook sighting.

    In Boston Matt was seen last night at the Scampo restaurant at the Liberty hotel and possibly afterwards at the airport.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Hopefully this works.


    I think it is someone who attended who shot a quick clip of Matt. Don't know if it was allowed but they posted it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 25th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Good find. Annie Duke is the one with the microphone.

    This was the photo of Matt at Equinox gym in Miami last week:
    Lincoln Scoop‏@LincolnScoop
    #MattDamon working out at #Equinox right now! http://pic.twitter.com/1mvJlaCR

    Edited at 2012-03-26 01:46 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 26th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Fenway Park documentary

    Matt narrates a documentary on Fenway Park on Monday (PBS). Here's a review:


    There was a sighting of Matt in Miami today.

    Edited at 2012-03-26 01:46 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 26th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Fenway Park documentary

    Matt appeared to fly from Miami to have dinner in Boston on Friday night and then fly back to Miami that night.

    Edited at 2012-03-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 27th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Candid pic

    A photo of Matt and DJ Neptune in Miami today:

    @deejayneptune: Tweetpic of Myself & american actor Matt Damon. Ran into him on d street of Miami.. Cool dude
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium re-shoots

    This could be why Matt's in the gym every day (didn't think it would be for Promised Land). Wonder if that's what's shooting at the start of April and why Promised Land is at the end of April.

    PUNKD Images‏@PUNKD_Images
    Interesting News... Matt Damon and VanCity shot Elysium coming back for 3-4 wks of reshoots...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium again?

    Have you seen this?

    PUNKD Images
    Interesting News... Matt Damon and VanCity shot Elysium coming back for 3-4 wks of reshoots...
    4:05pm - 28 Mar 12 via TweetDeck

    He spent July - dec on this movie & he still has to go back. I wonder when he's going to fit this in.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium again?

    You beat me to it. You can delete my post. That does explain the gym sightings. He really is going to be busy after some down time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium again?

    And will he have to go bald again? Re-shoots are more likely in a CGI heavy movie like this, but 3-4 weeks is a lot, particularly as shooting went long.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium again?

    I totally forgot about him being bald. That's a good question especially having to do promised land right after. I imagine with liberace it will be quick and he can have Lucy and the kids with him.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 28th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium again?

    I think the Liberace filming schedule was planned (from at least a year ago) to be over summer break so he could film with his family in LA/Vegas.
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