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Elysium promotion in Berlin
  • Following the London press junket for Elysium, Matt continued to promote the film in Berlin on Sunday with Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. The group visited the offices of the newspaper Bild, with photos, an interview and video available here and here.

    A promotional tour which is like a marathon. Damon: "If I promote a new film, then I will give 96 interviews per day. The journalists change every four minutes."

    A special honor for the BILD editorial team, because Damon spent about an hour in publishing. And felt quite comfortable. A joke here, a smile there.

    BILD: Here you filmed the "Bourne" trilogy turned and now with George Clooney a thriller. What do you like about Germany?
    He laughs with a deep voice: "You have great playgrounds - and no one ever wants to sell you something. My family (4 daughters) visited me. My wife was thrilled, because Germany is a very child-friendly country!"

    BILD: How's Matt Damon as a father?
    Damon: "I have a bad conscience. I live with five women - and without a nanny. I promised my wife Lucy, I'm making the rest of the year a holiday for them. My family is the most important thing in my life."

  • An interview with Scott Bakula is at A&U magazine, via Scott Bakula Fan Forum. He describes co-stars in a few words, including Matt:

    Scott Bakula describes Matt:
    Too much fun, too much talent.
  • 29 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)


    wow hats off to Lucy - no nanny and 3 munchkins and a teenager to look after - i thought they did have one but good on her anyway, they have lovely kids and come across as a very loving family.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2013 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nanny

    Matt also talked about not having a nanny to a German paper earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival (but they previously had one).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nanny

    Sure...but there are women like that everywhere with even more kids to look after without nannys and stuff but I couldn't immagine that type of lifestyle cause I don't ever want kids.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nanny

    Forgot to say that at the same time I do like to watch big families (such as the Kardashians or the NJ housewifes) but Lucy not having a nanny it's not something to 'feel sorry for' so why even mention it? I like to hear about Matt mostly cause he's the actor.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 10th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Critics Choice Awards

    I presume Matt will not be attending, but he is nominated for Best Actor in the Critics Choice Television Awards, which will be held on Monday in LA. Live coverage will be available online, and the show will be broadcast on the Reelz Channel on 16 June:



    Edited at 2013-06-10 12:00 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Critics Choice Awards

    Wonder if matt is done with filming or if he is back to work in Berlin. Thought it was one more week in Berlin then done but someone posted on clooneys open house forum that it was 2 weeks and then done.

    Well we know for sure he'll be in New York next Monday.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Critics Choice Awards

    Behind the Candelabra won for Best TV movie or mini-series, accepted by an unknown HBO rep (I think). He thanked the 'extraordinary cast'.

    Michael Douglas won over Matt for Best Actor.

    Edited at 2013-06-11 05:02 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    They seem to be marketing Elysium abroad first. Isn't this unusual? Especially considering that although the movie press and blogs seem interested, the general public in America has zero awareness of this movie. It concerns me. Gatsby was a hit because of saturation bombing marketing. Brad Pitt has been pushing World War Z in all sorts of gimmicky ways.

    We're only two months out. I'm concerned that even if Elysium is good, it will get lost.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    I wouldn't worry too much. We usually get about a two-week blitz in the States prior to opening. We're short on attention span here! Stills from Elysium have been on (and continue to be shown) on ET, Access Hollywood and Extra--among others--with selected clips of Damon talking a little bit about the film and commentators further enhancing the notices with very positive expectations. Happily, the film is perceived as a tough guy Matt Damon--sort of Bourne in space--film and in the States (sadly, no one in the world has more of a cowboy mentality than Americans)that's just what you want for a blockbuster. All the fanboys are boosting Blomkamp and remembering District 9. Good all around. Those of us who think Matt is probably the best actor of his generation (lots of people are saying that) are looking for an action film with soul--best combination. And then there are all ofus who are Jodie Folster fans as well. Anyway, that's how I'm seeing it! As a couple of the commentators have said, I, too, am looking for a "home run"!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    Thanks for the reassurance, IB. I probably worry too much, and I hope you're right. Certainly it's a year that emphasizes Matt's terrific versatility. But imo he needs a hit about now, too.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    I agree, Paula. It's been a while since he 's gotten mass approval. Stars fade quickly here in the public mind--even though a large number of people hold Matt to be very talented, he needs the public to experience a shot of movie adrenalin. The move to prime Europe first is smart; if they handle it right, the August roll out will show great world-wide numbers. It's becoming quite the tactic for potential blockbusters. I'm sure it will do well if Matt will just refrain from political comments for a while. I admire his views, but he demonstrably hurts his own career when he does that, and we want him on top for as long as possible to have the leeway to do the intervening little films that mean so much to us. Ah, well. I have great hopes for Elysium!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    Sorry, forgot to sign it. It's I, I.B., again.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    There are two new trailers for Elysium about to be released shortly - probably with Man of Steel.

    Bild liked it (but they probably had to say that).

    Edited at 2013-06-11 02:55 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 11th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    Paula, I'm curious, where are you from? I always enjoy your comments and insight on Matt. We seem to be like minded :)

    I live in LA, originally from New Jersey.

    Edited at 2013-06-11 04:29 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    I appreciate your comments as well, Gregory. It's nice to have input from somebody close to the scene, since I live in 'Flyoverland' - Missouri.

    IB, I tend to think that politics aren't the problem. It's just that America has developed a love affair with crappy movies. Matt's not interested in making cynical crappy movies.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    Well, Paula. I agree America and the rest of the world love "crappy movies"--however that may be defined, but you should be aware that in various parts of the country the right wing actually pickets theaters his films play in--even films like "We Bought A Zoo". They hate him with an unreasoning passion because of his remarks on Palin and other things. Stirring them up further is counterproductive. Just my opinion, but it definitely damages his grosses. Anyway, I'll not mention it again.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    I don't like crappy movies I only adore Matt Damon movies and some made by his close friends like George, Ben, Jen, Brad, Angelina and a few others. But MD is always #1 in my book because I love him a lot :)

    PS. I loved The Promissed Land (I might be renting it this weekend) oh, and also We Bought A Zoo was so cute so I don't know why it didn't do so well. Probably politics. I can't wait to see Behind The Candelabra and Elyzium this summer!!

    Are any of you like Greg or Paula in the business or relatives of Matt?
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 12th, 2013 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: elysium

    Paula! What did you think of Promised Land?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    Matt and George were shooting in Berlin today:



    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 10th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Monuments Men

    According to Bild, Matt and George were shooting in Berlin today, but I can't send the link!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Times interview

    The Times interview which was blocked to subscribers only is now available at another site (not sure if it is the whole article):

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 11th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Times interview

    What do you think Matt meant by his last comment on ARGO?? I recall him supporting the movie and wanting it to win. Is he being sarcastic? I still wonder why he didn't come to LA for the Oscars to support Ben.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 11th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Times interview

    I think he's being serious and saying it was a good decision at the time and will still be a good decision in 10 years time (Matt's always serious about Ben). He's moving to LA to be next to Ben, which means a lot more than attending an award show.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    About Matt taking off a year?

    That's sweet of him to say but I'd miss him a lot if I didn't see him for that long. I'm into him a lot.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's poze...

    Looks perfect for a hug from behind, the type that I like :)
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