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Filming continues
  • Matt continued filming Monuments Men in Berlin on Monday. Photos and reports are at Morgenpost, the Kurier and here.

  • Behind the Candelabra won Best Movie or Mini-Series at the Critics Choice television awards. Michael Douglas also won Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series over Matt.

  • Matt's recent interview at The Times blocked by a paywall is now available at the New Straits Times, including:

    Recently, down the Mediterranean, in a cabana on the grounds of the chateau-like Hotel du Cap, a reunited Damon and Douglas talk to a TV show about Behind The Candelabra. The weather is windy. Across the sea, towards Cannes, white clouds gather. Gusts billow tablecloths and a glass smashes to the ground. The actors walk up from the shore, and the older man — who plays Liberace — disappears into the neat hedges while his younger co-star — who plays his lover — settles into a small hut for us to talk. He is friendly but efficient, passionate when talking about Hollywood and how it’s let us down, excitable on the subject of his autumn blockbuster, Elysium, and other people’s films.

    Everyone’s at ease. Then again, this is his peak. Through a career of steady indie films and two big franchises, this unassuming actor has propped himself at the top of the A list, just after Depp, DiCaprio and Pitt. He is Jimmy Stewart to Clooney’s Cary Grant, and what he does is harder than it looks. In the three years since we spoke, he has been in four excellent films: True Grit, The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion and Margaret. All brave, but his role is to be our guide, the audience on screen, led into strange worlds. He is often unflustered, as if the world around him is one big Walter Mitty fantasy. Now, though, having renewed his vows with Luciana Bozan Barroso after eight years of marriage and three kids, it’s time to cut loose. In Behind The Candelabra, he rests near a naked Douglas in a big chintzy bed.

    Soderbergh’s film is less a biopic of the flamboyant entertainer, more a look at what his excess did to those around him. As the suffering Scott Thorson, Damon is the star. “Everybody calls it the Liberace movie, because nobody knows who Scott is,” he admits, but he’s happy for Douglas to take the headlines. He’s the hot mess behind the parade, spending much of his time drinking fizz in a hot tub. I tell him the role reminds me of The Talented Mr Ripley, a low man in a high world. It’s his most twisted since that, too. “There was that similarity to it, definitely,” he agrees. “That unreliable narrator...” There’s a suspicious glint behind his glasses — a recent addition to a still youthful face. We talk about that narrator.

  • Matt's cover story at Success Magazine is now available, with an additional article available here.

    “You know, a child dies every 21 seconds because they don’t have access to clean water or sanitation—once you know that, and once you see that, it is really hard not to do something,” he says, those piercing blue eyes revealing a passionate sincerity, “whatever you can, really.”

    The idea for Damon’s House of Lies self-spoof came one evening at his Pacific Palisades, Calif., home, a Zen-inspired house on the same street where Affleck lives with his wife, Jennifer Garner, and their three children.

    “His wife and my wife were in the other room talking design and colors, because my wife is remodeling their house,” Cheadle says. “So he and I are in our cups in the kitchen, and we came up with this idea. He said, ‘I’ll be the worst kind of me,’ and I said, ‘Oh, you’ll play yourself?’”

    Cheadle laughs, admitting he felt the need to later call Damon to make sure he remembered the conversation, “He did. And the rest is drunk history.”

    With another actor, Cheadle says, the story line might not have gone so well. Damon did a less drastic send-up of himself in a well-received episode of Entourage a few years ago. “I think there are a lot of actors out there who couldn’t play that role because the audience would think, I bet they really are like that, ” Cheadle says. “It’s only funny with Matt because you don’t smell that on him.”

  • Matt in his Monuments Men costume appears in an advertisement for Global Zero, which seeks a world without nuclear weapons.

  • 17 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 11th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Isabella Damon

    Happy 7th Birthday to Isabella! Wow, Only yesterday she and Violet Affleck were just little babies and now they're big girls, they're big sisters and their both 7 years old now!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
    The new Elysium trailer will be out Thursday on Yahoo Movies. The new TV ad is available:

    Photos of Matt on set in Berlin on Monday:

    No sightings or confirmation so far that Matt has finished filming and is back in NY for Isabella's birthday/two week rule. School finished today for the kids.

    George is still filming - late nights at the studio?

    Natalia Safran‏@nataliasafran
    Hello Berlin! U know ur in right place when George Clooney's at front desk w u. 3:00am us checking in, he just finished filming #SohoHouse

    Edited at 2013-06-12 03:03 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium interview

    An interview from the London junket has aired on Australian morning TV (about 2.45 in this clip):


    A longer version with questions in context (including spoilers about William Fichtner's character):


    Edited at 2013-06-12 07:40 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 12th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium interview

    This looks like its from Summer of Sony in Cancun. He wore that shirt I recall from a twitter pic.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium interview

    Maybe. The Sunrise interview is definitely from London, because the journo tweeted about it. The female journo, Jenny, was in Cancun and also did a lot of Promised Land promo events, but I never saw any final interviews (but press for that film was virtually absent in Australia).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australia visit?

    Matt is probably visiting Australia to promote Elysium:

    Sunrise ‏@sunriseon7
    Tomorrow: Matt Damon lets slip a BIG secret for his Australian fans in our interview at 7.40am on Sunrise tomorrow! #sun7
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    Is it possible it will be a interview from the London or Berlin junket as opposed to him actually going to Australia?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    It's an interview from the London junket in which I presume he will mention he's visiting Australia (he came three times for the Bourne movies).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    Ok I see what you are saying. Any sightings of matt yet? I haven't been able to check twitter.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    Matt said he was coming to Australia later this year; lost to George in the Cambridge basketball game and couldn't believe it made the news; didn't keep any of the speedos from BtC. Interviewer called Elysium a smart, brilliant film (I think). The interview will be online later.

    Airport sighting (Berlin to NY):

    Kase Vollebregt ‏@KandidKase 3h
    Matt Damon just said "Excuse me" to me because I was in the way of his baggage claim at the airport so it's been a pretty good day I guess.

    Edited at 2013-06-12 09:55 pm (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 12th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    Where did the quotes come from?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    The quotes were from a recent London junket interview that aired on Australian morning news program 'Sunrise' this morning. The journo actually called it a "brilliant and clever sci-fi epic."


    The hosts always rave about Matt as he has met both of them before.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Australia visit?

    Sounds like a fun interview. I'll look forward to it.

    It's been a pretty frantic work schedule for Matt lately, between traveling for Candelabra and Elysium promotion and MM filming. Apparently quite a lot of late night shooting, as well. I'm sure he's glad to be home. Hope he and the fam have a great reunion and a restful, joyful time together.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 13th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rest of 2013

    School is now over but they will presumably move to LA shortly. There won't be any more filming for the rest of the year (unless there's a return visit to Berlin), but the promotion for Elysium will be intense, including a world tour.

    Edited at 2013-06-13 02:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rest of 2013

    I thought that they moved allready...and I WILL MISS HIM A LOT if he won't do any movies until the rest of the year :(((
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 12th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    BtC in the UK

    Behind the Candelabra did well on a limited number of screens, and expands next Friday. It still finished eighth at the box office for the weekend.


    The arthouse hit
    Since The Great Gatsby landed in mid-May, the arthouse market has seen a trickle of relatively tiny pictures – distributors evidently felt it was better to wait for a more propitious time when dating niche titles with crossover appeal. Now Baz Luhrmann's literary adaptation finally gets some serious upscale competition in the shape of Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh's swansong about showman pianist Liberace's love affair with the much-younger Scott Thorson. Predicting the commercial outcome was a tough call: strong marketable elements included Soderbergh and stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. But the popularity of Liberace was debatable, and Behind the Candelabra presented an image of gay sexuality presumably less broadly appealing than the manly hunks of Brokeback Mountain.

    Distributor eOne released the film on a relatively tight 131 screens, achieving a gross of £513,000 and an average of £3,918. The distributor reports a strong hold on Monday, achieving the highest screen average of any film in the market on that day. Behind the Candelabra expands to 243 cinemas from Friday.

    Edited at 2013-06-12 11:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 12th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I don't know which journalist wrote this article but he never saw a nazi uniform or a nazi with a mustache...
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