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  • Neill Blomkamp discusses Elysium, future projects, and how Eminem was his preferred lead actor at Wired magazine.

    Of course, he realizes that you have to make some concessions when your new movie is a $100 million tentpole starring Matt Damon. In every respect, Elysium is a larger, higher-profile, and more conventional action film than District 9.

    So Blomkamp turned to the A-list. In late 2010, he met with Damon in a New York diner. “About 15 minutes in, he pulled out what was essentially a homemade graphic novel” of the movie, Damon says. “It absolutely blew my mind.” That book, which also featured detailed illustrations of weaponry and future-tech, was the result of a yearlong back-and-forth between Blomkamp and illustrators from New Zealand effects house Weta and conceptual artist Doug Williams. The look of the film hews closely to those drawings. “I talked to Jim Cameron about Avatar early on,” Damon says, “and what struck me about Neill was the same thing that struck me about Cameron: The world had already been created. It existed in their minds.”

  • Electronic press kit interviews with the cast are at YouTube and collected at a Sharlto fan tumblr here and here. Sharlto Copley and Wagner Moura praise Matt in their interviews, and Sharlto talks about wanting to work with Matt on future projects.

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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 17th, 2013 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    Sony / TriStar's
    (Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, et al.)
    Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - time TBA
    (arrivals are likely to start between 5 PM and 6:30 PM)
    at the Regency Village Theatre
    961 Broxton Ave, in Westwood Village
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 17th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The tech of Elysium featurette:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Fincher project

    Matt apparently passed on filming '20,000 leagues under the sea' with David Fincher in Australia. The project was originally offered to Brad Pitt, and then Matt and Daniel Craig.


    Fincher did try his damndest to make the picture happen, but couldn’t wrangle a bankable lead actor. Brad Pitt passed to do Fury, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig didn’t want to commit to the a 140-day shoot away from their families, Channing Tatum wasn’t seen as a bankable enough, and Fincher didn’t agree with Disney’s suggestion to cast Chris Hemsworth.

    The original report was at The Playlist:


    “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” filmmaker needed a star and when his first choice Brad Pitt passed, Fincher had a tough time recasting and agreeing with Disney on who should lead the film. Daniel Craig and Matt Damon were both approached by Fincher, but a long, 140 day shoot in Australia was too much for each actor, who didn’t want to be apart from their families for that long (Damon’s father has been struggling with cancer as well, so that’s a greater concern for the actor).

    Edited at 2013-07-18 02:59 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    The Emmy nominations can be viewed live at emmys.com at at 5:15 AM PDT Thursday:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 18th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    U2 concert with Florence

    Here's the blog post by Florence Welch (Florence and the machine) about playing before the U2 concert and meeting Matt and John Krasinski in the crowd (June 2011).

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