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EW cover, Blomkamp
  • Matt's on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly to promote Elysium. Part of the story is also online. Matt's also on the cover of Indonesia's Best Life magazine.

    Matt Damon may be at the top of the A-list, but he had to persuade writer-director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) to cast him in his new sci-fi film, Elysium, opening Aug. 9. “I think he was even reluctant to meet me,” Damon says, laughing, from his apartment in Manhattan. “He kept saying, ‘I’m not doing anything Hollywood,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, I live in New York.’ We ended up meeting in a diner and he was kind of giving me the one-eye for the first 10 minutes or so.” That wasn’t just in Damon’s head. “I was doing that,” Blomkamp says, smiling. “I was just trying to figure out what was going on, you know?”

    Blomkamp, 33, had made the Oscar-nominated District 9 for $30 million, completely under the Hollywood radar. But for Elysium he needed a big budget ($100 million), which meant he needed to make a studio film, and cast A-list stars. This made him nervous. He didn’t want some Hollywood ego derailing his vision, which is why he was keeping Damon at arm’s length at first. “High-level actors can be these razor-sharp tools that help you tell the story,” Blomkamp says. “But they can also be all about their close-ups and the size of their trailers. I was very apprehensive. You just hear all these horror stories.”

  • There's also an interview with Matt in the UK edition of Empire magazine, with an excerpt is here, and an interview with Matt, Sharlto and Neill Blomkamp in Australia's Film Ink magazine - a few quotes:

    "What I thought would be cool was to put an A-list movie star in a dilapidated America, which makes it a very interesting way for Americans to look at their own country. Matt Damon was my favorite guy," Blomkamp enthuses. "He's very interesting, because he's an action star, but he also does arthouse movies. He's willing to go anywhere. He's also smart, and he's an awesome guy. He is an easy guy to work with, which can only be good for the film."

    Damon shares a mutual respect for his young director. Sporting grey streaks in his hair for an upcoming role ("It's a 1945 haircut - I feel like one of Mitt Romney's kids!")...

    The 42-year-old admits that it was an unusual experience to be directed by someone his junior. "It was a little weird, but I'm sure that it won't be the last time," Damon says. "I've worked with Doug Liman, who is around my age, but with Neill, it felt like making a movie together with friends in the backyard, or perhaps my younger brother!"

  • Matt and Sharlto will also be visiting South Korea as part of the promotional world tour.

    American actor Matt Damon will be visiting Korea next month.

    Matt Damon will visit Korea for the first time to promote his SF action film “Elysium” in August, an official with the film’s distributor Sony Pictures Korea told TenAsia over the phone on Thursday.

    Along with Damon, actor Sharlto Copley, who is also the main character of the film, will be visiting Korea.

    The date of their visit and the details to their schedule in Korea have yet to be confirmed, but they will hold a press conference and participate in a red carpet event, the official explained.

  • A quote from Cheyenne Jackson:

    WCT: You got accolades for your acting in HBO's Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. What was it like working with them?

    Cheyenne Jackson: I know Matt a little from working on 30 Rock. He's a lovely, amazing, kind and professional actor. Michael was wonderful and he was in it to win it and he was focused. I really just jumped at the chance to work with director Steven Soderbergh and Michael Douglas just because that's a no-brainer. I knew my part wasn't huge, but I knew that just being on set with these fantastic artists would only be a great experience.
  • 18 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium: Matt Damon Interview "blade of grass"

    I'm interested in the story of the movie relating to this world we live in, are there tickets available to the 12 August 2013 - Elysium Australian premiere with Matt and Sharlto Copley (Sydney)? M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium: Matt Damon Interview "blade of grass"

    I haven't seen any competitions for tickets to the Sydney premiere, but I'm not in Sydney. You would be able to attend the public areas around the red carpet at the cinema without tickets.

    Edited at 2013-07-25 01:53 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Ok thank you :) M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)


    P.S. I'm not in Sydney either, but would be happy to travel a few hours if I had the opportunity to meet.
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: July 25th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I know I'm so interested in this movie because it seems to be like what could happen in this world in the future but in a science fiction sort of way and Matt is the PERFECT guy to play the part I know that it will be so excellent!!!
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: July 25th, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)


    August 12 as of right now and my town better show the movie on time because I never saw Behind The Candelabra advertised it makes me so mad I checked everywhere close by. I'd drive around to look at what movies were playing and I didn't see it :(((
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Ele, it seems to be like what is already happening in this world right now between the rich and the poor, don't you think? I agree, Matt is the perfect guy for the part, having already spoken out towards Obama about taxing the rich more. I have very similar views/values to Matt (why I like him all the more) and look forward to Elysium. Regards, M..
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: July 26th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)


    I agree, and I texted you ;)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


    That 'Best Life' cover is one of my favorite pictures of Matt ever. He looks great, but natural. Not over photoshopped like so many US covers. And that suggestion of a goatee is beyond great looking on him. He really needs to do that in a movie some day.

    The promo tour for Elysium is freaking huge. Maybe bigger even than Bourne?

    Looks like Matt has picked up more fans in Bomkamp and Copley. By we knew that he would, didn't we.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    We'll probably see more versions of that cover shoot, but it is a good shot.

    More excerpts from the EW interview:

    Cate Blanchett on Monuments Men:

    Edited at 2013-07-25 09:54 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    Have you heard any feedback from the London Elysium screenings? I heard of two very positive tweets from one person, but that's it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I haven't had a chance to do the searches yet - nothing that mentioned Matt except from one person upset that he couldn't break the embargo. There was a negative review on Rotten Tomatoes from someone upset about the 'funny accents'.

    More from the EW article:

    Photos from the article:

    Edited at 2013-07-26 02:23 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 26th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


    We heard about someone trashing Matt's trailer in a profile - Esquire or Elle?


    Edited at 2013-07-26 01:14 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 26th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: EW

    I think it was Elle. So did matt retaliate? I thought he said that the guy was looking over his shoulder after he did it. He didn't mention it was sharlto at the time.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 27th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Possible new project

    Sounds good, but I'm not convinced about Marc Forster. Book details:


    A little birdie tells us that Matt Damon has been offered the lead in THE EMPTY GLASS. The project weaves historical events with infamous conspiracies, all of which lead to Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death, and told by a young coroner who was one of the first at her bungalow when she died.

    Should he choose to accept it, Damon would play (the coroner) Ben Fitzgerald. The character is described as an intelligent man with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of his job. He puts those skills to use when he becomes obsessed with finding the truth of her murder.

    J.I. Baker adapted the script from his own novel. We’re also hearing Marc Forster is set to direct this as well. Forster has quite the project pool, especially considering we exclusively learned he was attached to “Comancheria.” Irwin Winkler and David Winkler will produce through their Winkler Films.

    In a wonderful change of pace, Damon was last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind The Candleabra.” But Damon’s a versatile actor. He can juggle action (“Bourne” trilogy), comedy (“True Grit”) and drama (“Contagion”) all at once. He’ll next be seen in Terry Gilliam’s “Zero Theorem” (!!!!) and the greatly anticipated “Elysium.”

    Edited at 2013-07-27 01:23 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible new project

    Marc Forster? Oh, dear, that would be worrisome.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Possible new project

    Marc Forster is not good !
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