TIFF: where best friends are reunited or created. Matt Damon and wife Luciana flew in to Toronto on Friday afternoon to support his buddy Ben Affleck at the premiere of Argo.
Damon’s flight was delayed so he skipped the red carpet and was ushered into Roy Thomson Hall immediately. The Damons joined Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner afterward at Terroni for a private dinner, where Damon was seen beaming proudly at his BFF. Perhaps taking advantage of a free night from their four (!) daughters, he and the Mrs then went onto Soho House where they held court at a booth on the second floor until 2 a.m.
Another positive in Affleck's family life is the recent move to LA of his best friend, collaborator and fellow Oscar winner, Matt Damon. Damon had resisted moving to California from the US east coast (both grew up in Boston), but Affleck's excitement at having his best friend close by again after so long is palpable. "I've been hounding him and hounding him to live here so our kids can know each other and go to the same schools and hang out the way we did," Affleck says, "and finally he caved."
Since Damon, his wife Luciana and daughters Alexia (Luciana's daughter from a previous relationship), Isabella, Gia and Stella have moved to LA, the pair have been as inseparable as ever. "Maybe Matt sacrificed all his principles, but that's much less important to me than having him across the street," he laughs. "It's like we're regressing to high school but it's really fun and their kids are over all day.
"When we grew up we were about three blocks apart and we don't live much further apart than that now. It's cool, especially because for years we were both so busy and for a long time we never got to see each other except on vacation."
"Matt lives down the street from me, our kids (the couple has three children) hang out, we go play in one another’s yard... it's a little piece of that Boston community feel that we have left in our lives, where we hang out and our families hang out."
And you’ll be appearing in Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” later this year. What can you tell us about that?
McNairy: It’s an amazing script by Matt Damon and John Krasinski about fracking in the oil and gas industry. Matt plays a guy who comes to a small town to close all the land leases, and I play one of the farmers who is hesitant to sign [because] he doesn’t want to give up his land.
Would you return to series TV?
Reiser: Sure. But I'm not looking to develop something. I don't think I want to do that again. But if a great role comes up, sure. I just did a couple of days on the HBO movie about Liberace. I play Matt Damon's character's attorney. The whole time I'm working there I'm like, "This is fun. I can do my work for a few days and leave. It's not all on my shoulders."