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Zero Theorem filming in Romania
  • Matt is currently filming Zero Theorem for director Terry Gilliam in Bucharest, Romania. Reports and photos are at Click, Libertatea and SIPA. Video is available here.

  • Aaron Sorkin hosted a screening of Promised Land in LA last weekend - details at the Hollywood Reporter.

    Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin hosted a special advance screening of Gus Van Sant's Promised Land on Saturday night at the SoHo House in Los Angeles. Among the celebs who turned out to see the Matt Damon anti-fracking drama were Demi Moore, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly cornered co-producer/co-writer John Krasinski after the film ended to gush about it. Focus Features has not yet screened Promised Land for journalists but presumably will soon since it will be released in theaters Dec. 28.

  • Matt was photographed for a Hollywood Reporter cover story with other actors during his brief visit to LA a few weeks ago - there's a reference in this article at Grantland.

  • An article on a recent series of ads for TD Ameritrade, narrated by Matt (Matt donates all fees to charity).

  • Quotes from an interview with Ben at the Telegraph.

    [Ben] adds, 'The downside is it takes a year and a half. Matt just did Promised Land [Gus Van Sant's new film] and the Neill Blomkamp movie [Elysium] in the whole time it took for me to make Argo. I'm jealous of the variety of his experience. A whole new script, a whole new director and I'm going over and over the minutiae of the same thing. It's what it takes. You have to have the discipline to say, "I'm going to work as hard as I can to deliver it."'

    Affleck and Damon still measure their progress against one another, not in the competitive or resentful fashion one might expect, but in the off– hand way in which one orients oneself with a familiar landmark – a clock or weathervane.

    After Good Will Hunting turned Affleck and Damon into overnight success stories, people spent a lot of time trying to second–guess the friendship, trying to work out who was more talented. 'People always wanted to make a distinction between me and Ben,' Damon recalls. ' "OK, well, which guy wrote what? Who's the talented guy? Who's the clinger?''' Affleck says he met a girl at a party who told him, "'Yeah, I always thought he was like this genius and you were his friend,''' he remembers.

    'I think on some level I bought into that. I'm like, "You go ahead." I'm just kind of funny and he's very talented. That got started by the comparison between my character and Matt's character in that movie, and buying into that.'
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Ben early relationship

    Bizarre but what that girl said to Ben is what I used to think, because Matt had started writing good will hunting and was told to finish it off I hadn't read the details on how he did this and Bens involvement, I just thought Ben was a tag along and bought in to Mats achievement because he was Mats friend, I hadn't realised for a long time that Ben actually helped to finish writing it with him
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Ben early relationship

    Aww I love love their 'hollywood story' how they became the A lister stars that they are today! I got hooked on them from the beginning and their style of acting is superb my favorite...Matt Damon does have the versatility that no other actor has I've noticed and that is why I can't stop watching him! I mean it might sound crazy but I like all the characters that he ever played and I might like him just a little more beyond fan-star boundries when I comment online especially, allthough of course that I've never met him in person to cross that line. I probably would want to if I were lucky and close enough to meet him and to touch him (dreaming dreaming dreaming)...I'm not in the acting business but I really wish that I would have been the 'girl at the party' to be next to them on the couch talking and flirting and staying up at night to...(oh, I'm dreaming again) anyhow I liked their start and I like the road that they choose so far as actors :e
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 7th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Romania day 3

    More reports from the Romanian press which I can't access again for the moment - perhaps indicating that not much happened yesterday (welcome back to Gilliam time):

    Mondenitati, by Doxy‏@mondenitati
    Click.ro: Matt Damon, ţi-e frică de români?: Zi lungă ieri pentru Matt Damon. A treia zi petrecută în România, p... http://bit.ly/YLVXqj

    Matt Damon, ţi-e frică de români? http://bit.ly/VEGI2P

    Former Romanian tennis great Ilie Nastase challenges Matt to a game of tennis?

    Edited at 2012-11-07 11:23 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Romania day 3

    The article states that he left his hotel at 6 am and filmed inside a old house yesterday. I take it from your comment that this will not take 3 days. I'm not familiar with terry Gilliam.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Actors: Full Uncensored Interview

    The Actors: Full Uncensored Interview


    1 hour video

    I didin´t watch it yet, but I think it´s new.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 9th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Actors: Full Uncensored Interview

    Ceci thank you for the link to The Actors: Full Uncensored Interview with Matt Damon, I watched the entire video and really enjoyed listening to each actor's experience and thoughts/point of view.

    Had a little smile on my face when I replaced
    Matt's wording at 1:02:09 ... "I think I might be the [sexiest] person on planet earth." :) Just joking, I think... I know how you feel.

    Matt's clearly a Libran, as a similar air sign, I related to his response to what was said in the room (spoken or unspoken-yet still communicated lol). I had a bit of a cry after what Matt said about girls possibly not being able to be who they wanted to be (I feel like someone finally understands me). What else was said, was obviously very passionate to Matt in going a little serious and pink/blushed or flushed with tense body language (sorry no script to express my description hehe), but I totally related what he said to my current situation and felt very hopeful myself and for other women/girls through what he said -- moreso than Richard Gere re: spirituality and comments on the Dalai Lama... and Self ;).

    Worth watching, Denzel Washington is also one of my favourite actors. Thanks again.

    M x
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Hollywood Reporter

    It is - part of the Hollywood Reporter's new story (mentioned in the main post). A few links:



    http://rewired.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/oscar-roundtable-6-actors-acting-386949 (gallery)

    "I would try to steer my daughters away from acting," Damon tells THR, "Women are in a different business than we are. It is just brutal for women. For us, the roles get really good at 40 and beyond. And that’s really when you start doing your best work."

    THR asks whether the actors worried about their career and Damon reponds with "Always. I mean, every single one of us started out getting rejected repeatedly, and I don’t think that ever leaves you. I took a lot of jobs earlier on; had I taken my foot off the gas a little bit, I could have been better. I just didn’t want to stop working, partly out of that classic actor insecurity."

    Edited at 2012-11-08 09:04 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 8th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks for posting the link to the full interview. He didn't really say anything too new. I liked what he had to say when asked about politics.

    Any news out of Romania today?
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 8th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Details are unclear, but Matt will participate in a new climate change documentary series produced by James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub:

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