10:00 PM: Matt Damon comes to the stage. "Alright sit down, everyone's tired. Everyone wants to go home." "Thank you John. That's really great. It's really weird to see your firend and you come up here and you hug and you're like 'I just saw you. We just had dinner together.'" "I was here 15 years ago at the Gotham Awards and I remeber that because it was right before 'Goodwill Hunting' came out and it was the first time my live became surreal because Calvin Klein gave me a suit for free."
"I realized I was putting it on and I added up all the clothes I had ever owned in my life they wouldn't be worth as much as the suit I as putting on." "The rest of it is that 15 years later I'm married to this incredible person and I have these great kids and I make movies and that's what I do. I get to make them with people like Gus still. He still returns my call which is great and John and Fran and Rosemarie and Hal Holbrook who is here tonight." "And David O. Russell, I heard what you said before. You're like a wolf and I'm like Sarah Palin in a helicopter. It's only a matter of time motherfucker." "I feel very privileged to do what I do. I have never taken it for granted and I never will. Thank you very much."
In "Promised Land," you get a chance to see Matt's inherent likability. Some actors have that quality, some don't. And that likability is necessary to play this kind of scam artist and still be as caring as you are for his trip.
His face is an open book from the first frame when he's washing his face and he's tormented and nervous about what's to come. He handles it without pushing. And he ends the picure with a final speech before the town, telling them the entire truth and what's he's been involved with. It's emotional and powerful without being pushed.
In some ways, Matt is like John Wayne, who had that inherent feeling of trust. Which you also get from Matt. There's a direct truthfulness there that a lot of actors don't have. They have to get tricky. Matt has this inherent shit detector. He's a very good listener, but he also has the ability to handle lengthy dialogue, which is becoming a relatively lost art in film.
He produced this picture and wrote it, and from my own experience with doing dual roles, it never gets in the way for him. Matt has enough knowledge as a writer and producer to surround himself with the best people possible. He's not threatened by talent. He enjoys it.
Empire: On How The Box Office Success Of Marvel's The Avengers Has Affected His Outlook:
Hemsworth: You almost forget that this just doesn't happen that often. I was talking to Matt Damon and he goes to me, "So Snow White did pretty good?" and I said, "Yeah, I think it'll probably hit $400 million, but it's not Avengers numbers." And he goes, "Man!" and he shook his head. "You're [frick]ing ruined - 400's huge!" It's like my brain thinks, "That's the norm now, that's the benchmark." Which, Jesus, I don't think anything will ever come close...Probably Avengers 2. But it will be pretty hard to hit that again. It's almost as if I've been ruined for the rest of my career regarding box office expectations.