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Emmy reactions

  • Matt didn't provide a comment, but other reactions from Emmy nominees to Behind the Candelabra's 15 nominations are at The Wrap and CBS News. A phone interview with Scott Bakula is at KTLA.

    Michael Douglas, nominated for lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Behind The Candelabra": "What a treat to take a chance and be rewarded with 15 nominations. A great team effort and so well deserved by Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Richard LaGravanese, Jerry Weintraub and all the people that made Behind the Candelabra so effective."

    But "Candelabra" executive producer Jerry Weintraub told TheWrap on Thursday that he's most gratified by the nominations in the less-glorified categories.

    "All the craft people are nominated, and that made me very happy," Weintraub said. "The behind-the-scenes people -- costume people, makeup people, set designers casting -- everybody who worked on this movie is being recognized, and I am thrilled about that."

    In a separate conversation, Scott Bakula -- who's nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his portrayal of Bob Black in the film -- said he was "gratefully astonished" by the nomination, particularly given the crowded field of potential nominees in the category.

    "Come on, the category is huge; it's ridiculous!" Bakula said. "You get overwhelmed by the number of people to choose from, it's a wonder that anyone gets nominated."

    Bakula, who told TheWrap that he had "zero expectations" for a nomination, added, "I'm just laughing. That's all I can say."

    Rob Lowe ‏@RobLowe
    Congrats to Steven, Michael, Matt and Scott on their #BehindTheCandelabra #Emmy nominations. Go get 'em guys!

  • Benedict Cumberbatch is happy to be nominated in the same category as Matt - comments are at The Wrap and Vulture.

    The daunting competition isn't lost on Cumberbatch, who was also nominated for an Emmy last year for his work on the BBC series "Sherlock."

    "They are all superlative, inspirational actors who have been heroes to me," Cumberbatch said. "Pacino, there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before ... I adore Matt Damon. I think he's such a great leading man."

    Cumberbatch: So for both of us to be in that category at the Emmys, with people who I've been inspired by for ages, [Al] Pacino, [Michael] Douglas, and in my generation, Matt Damon, who's a huge hero of mine, I'm beyond words. I'm bowled over by it, I really am. I'm so, so thrilled. What a great early birthday present!

    How is Matt Damon your hero?
    Cumberbatch: Well, he's just so grounded. He's so intelligent. He makes these smart choices, as an actor, as a producer, as a writer. He's so composed. You never hear a bad word said about him. Everybody loves him. And he just sounds like he's got his priorities right as a human being, and as an actor, he's phenomenal. What a screen presence. I saw Promised Land on the way to New Zealand where I was doing some more work on Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit, and it was again, another superlative performance, the writing with John Krasinski, and just a great, great drama, setting up those arguments about the future of small-town America, and really, all small communities across the world, the crisis they face about money and income versus environmental concerns and community. It was a peaceful way of tackling it. The minute Matt and Ben [Affleck] appeared on the scene with Good Will Hunting, you knew it was a special moment. To see such young talent take the reins and create the means of work as well as star in it, and just do every one of their jobs at every level superlatively, it was very exciting. I think he's great. My biggest wish is to hang out with him!

    Perhaps you'll get to do so at the Emmys. You need a guys' night out.
    Yeah! I just want to get in a room with these guys and have conversations with them. I don't know what I'd say to them. I'd be a bit star struck [around Pacino and Douglas], but at least with Matt, I can kind of quiz him. And then cut to a hot night where we're all getting drunk and dancing and having a good time! Maybe it'll have to be on another occasion, but wouldn't that be cool, though? I would like to go out with that group full stop, wouldn't you? That would be a fun dinner party. I think that would be great fun.

    Yeah, you could pick each other's brains, develop projects together, or not talk about work at all.
    You're saying that like you can facilitate it. Do you have Matt's number? Can you pass along a message, and tell him that Benedict is a big fan and would like to hang? That would be brilliant.

    Maybe you can even get him to do a cameo on Sherlock or something.
    You know what? There's a part I would have loved for him to play in the third episode. He would have been amazing. But we need someone slightly older.

  • Reports on The Zero Theorem's panel at Comic-Con are at HitFix and Empire.

    It's difficult to describe the sizzle reel of Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem without sounding a bit touched in the head. There's Christoph Waltz with a completely shaved head, living in a future that looks like Gilliam's Brazil if that society discovered neon in a big way. A flamboyantly-dressed and extraordinarily coiffed David Thewlis walks through an office that looks like a casino; French starlet Melanie Thierry flounces through a series of fetishistic outfits and claims to enjoy nudity, prompting Waltz to run away in a hurry.

    Matt Damon (Gilliam says he's not supposed to admit that Damon's in the film, but he's clearly onscreen) seems to be in charge; Tilda Swinton is terrifying and appears to be taking the role of psychologist; Ben Whishaw is stuck in a lab again, but now he's working with Peter Stormare.

    It's dizzying, barmy and looks like Brazil crossed with Twelve Monkeys, with the visual flair of The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus expressed in a hyper-coloured, hyper-stylised way and lots of the lyricism of that ballroom sequence in The Fisher King. There's a repeated refrain of "Zero must equal 100%", the idea that the sum of everything is nothing and a sense that the world is trying to drive our hero insane. It looks, in other words, like Terry Gilliam has succeeded in making a Terry Gilliam film in a way he hasn't done for years.

  • A new interview with Matt in Germany's Cosmopolitan is summarised here.

    In an interview with the magazine 'Cosmopolitan' says the 42-year-old, how long it took to train the muscles themselves for his role: "For months! It was really hard work. I was four hours every day in the gym. But the change was unbelievable."

    In his films, the native Americans often plays heroes who save the world. Compared to the magazine reveals the actor, when he privately feels like a hero: "When I come home to my four daughters. Just by the way the kids look at me, they make me feel like a real hero."

    He is a perfectionist but not private: "I have a lot of ticks. Two of them are knuckle cracking and chewing fingernails. I do that since 2004 when I stopped smoking, "And more." I try to be the best version of me, but I do not believe in perfection as a concept. There is no perfect, only a choice of options. I know no one who is perfect."
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