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New Gilliam film, project updates
  • Matt has a small role in Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorem, and will film in Romania for three days later this month. Matt previously filmed his cameo for Youth Without Youth in Bucharest. Gilliam's Facebook page includes a preview of the sets. Matt provided an update on his new role and other projects at Vulture. Photos are from Vulture and the New York Times.

    Happy birthday! The last time I saw you at the Contagion premiere, your head was shaved, but that was for Elysium. Reshoots?
    I shaved it again this morning. There are two extra days of shooting that we have to do next week, and not to bore you with this, but I had to shave it because I have to do a wig fitting. I'm going to do three days with Terry Gilliam, and now that I have to shave my head, I need to do a wig for Terry's movie.

    You're doing The Zero Theorem?
    I'm just doing a very small part in it. Someone finally gave him money to do this one, thank God. It's with Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton. I'd do anything for Terry. It's been ten years since I last worked with him...

    How do you think [Argo] compares to Elysium?
    Hopefully Elysium is a really unique and nonderivative, exciting, futuristic action-science-fiction movie. The thing about making movies, you always feel you're one step away from making Argo, the movie within the movie. What is much rarer is when you make Argo. That doesn't happen very often, and it only happens when there is a great director and a lot of really wonderful people who do their best work and make it happen together. I'm so proud of Ben. We don't get a chance to see each other a lot, but we'll get a minute somewhere in here to catch up.

    For Promised Land, you were going to direct, but you handed it over to Gus Van Sant. Is that a load off?
    In terms of things like Promised Land, there's a huge buy-in there, because we wrote it, John [Krasinski] and I are starring in it and producing it as well, so it doesn't feel like less of a commitment. It feels like more of one...

    Since you play his lover, did you have any interesting love scenes with Michael [Douglas]?
    A lot of interesting love scenes with him, yeah! [Grins.] But you know, look: We knew what movie we signed up for, and it's a really interesting, the dynamic between the two characters, and a lot like a marriage. So we had a lot of experience, both of us, in that regard, so it's really unique, just the power dynamic between them and the craziness of their lives. I mean, he was the biggest performer in the world, and what that did to their dynamic, and at the same time, they're like an old married couple. There are fights, you know, because they battled endlessly, because Scott had a drug problem and they really fell out in large part because of that. And it had a really tragic end there. I've never seen a relationship like that portrayed before, so hopefully people will like it. I'm really proud of it. I think it's really interesting! Maybe people will disagree, but I'm really proud of it.

  • Matt also talked about how it was now unlikely he would return to the Bourne series at Movieline.

  • Reports from the Argo party are at Yahoo and Liz Smith's column:

    Also there was friend of Ben (and joint Oscar winner for "Good Will Hunting") Matt Damon, with a freshly shaven head. He's going back into two days of reshoots for the futuristic sci-fi film "Elysium" -- and that required a few more bald-hair days. Clooney couldn't resist the temptation to get the feel of the new-mown scalp, rubbing his hand up and down Damon's head and commenting that it was smooth one way and stubbly the other. Show and tell over, Damon mentioned that he was looking forward to the release of the small-town drama "Promised Land," which he co-wrote with John Krasinski from a Dave Eggers story. The pair co-star with Frances McDormand, and Gus Van Sant directs for a December 28 limited release.

    I have to agree with Ben’s great friend, Matt Damon. He was there at the screening all evening to give Affleck support. He said, "'Argo' is the greatest thing he’s done yet." (Matt’s head was shaved, again. He scraped it off for "Elysium," but just as it was growing back, he was needed for retakes. "Oh, it's only hair!" said Matt, good-naturedly.)

  • Ben talked about Matt in a new feature at the Hollywood Reporter:

    When he's not with his family, he's at home working in a "sort of little office hut" or developing material through Pearl Street Productions, the Warners-based company he runs with Damon, who has remained a lodestar throughout the ups and downs and who now lives down the street from him. "We see each other almost too often," laughs Affleck. "I wonder if his wife is thinking, 'Is he really going to come over every night?'"
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne & Gilliam

    I think this response was Matt's elegant way to say that Bourne is over for him.
    (Something that most of us realized long ago)
    Now, Universal should say it,once and for all, and be done with it.
    I think they don't do it ,'cause they don't want to alienate fans and also they seek to generate more expectations for the next movie.

    I guess Gilliam changed his mind about Matt's skills.
    BTW, I didn't know that Matt took Tango lessons for the Grimm's movie. I'd pay to see "Señor Damon" dancing Tango...ԼƠԼ!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne & Gilliam

    And I was wrong about Matt's willingness to work with Gilliam again. Let's see how much drama can fit into a three-day shoot (Romanian papers are already claiming Matt will be in Bucharest for a week.)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne & Gilliam

    I'm glad Matt is done with Bourne. His story has been told. He leaves it on a high. The 3 movies he did are already classics. My involvement with Bourne is also over. I loved the character too and will miss him. I wish Marie hadn't been killed off, I like to imagine they settled down and raised a family and were finally happy and at peace.

    I'm also surprised Matt is working with Terry Gilliam again. I really didn't think Terry liked him, I'm glad to be proved wrong.

    Fantastic updates recently, thank you. Marcia

    P.S. love the pics of Stella, his 4 girls are all so cute!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne & Gilliam

    Great commments - Matt Damon is Jason Bourne and give Universal credit for not replacing him. I agree -- he leaves on a high quality note and the 3 movies are the best action pictures of the decade that you don't have to see any other "Bourne" movies after that.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Argo's Dinner

    The woman who has her back to the camera, in the photo you have posted from Argo's dinner, is Lucy? It certainly looks like her hair.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Argo's Dinner

    I don't think Lucy was at the Argo dinner. In one of the pics that Matt and Ben took you can see a woman sitting at the table in the background with hair like Lucy. Not her. I think this was boys night. Clooney's girlfriend doesn't seem to be there either and she arrived with him in ny.

    I still say Lucy was in London over the weekend even though there is no mention of her. Unless we find out for certain otherwise.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 11th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Argo's Dinner

    There's another photo of the brunette woman in the NY Times photos and it's definitely not Lucy.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    There's a very interesting piece in Word & Film about the efforts of Matt, George, and Ben to return to an aesthetic in which movies can be both socially aware and crowd pleasers. They neglected to mention the Bourne movies, which I would also put in that category.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Water.org interview with NBC

    Matt and Gary White will be interviewed by Maria Bartiromo for the Wall Street Journal Report. Preview video and photos:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Harris Savides

    An obituary for Harris Savides, who was the Director of Photography for Gerry:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 12th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Lucy was in London

    Us magazine reports that Lucy was at The Box in London for Matt's night out with Cruise:


    "They were all having fun," says an onlooker. "Matt and his wife [Luciana] were jumping on couches, kissing and doing shots."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy was in London

    I'm glad somebody finally acknowledged her. But I think the other articles were focusing more on Tom cruise than anything else.

    I feel guilty for half believing that rumor that was posted but I just knew she was in London. Thanks for finding and posting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 13th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy was in London

    It's good to have confirmation. The shots were part of the act - one of the performers wrote on Facebook how the whole group obeyed their requests as host, including being "whipped and shots".
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lucy was in London

    "jumping on couches" Lol. A tribute to Cruise? ;)
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