As for when Damon will take a seat in the director's chair, something he's expressed a strong desire to do, he admitted there's no update on that but said he hoped it would happen soon.
However, he confirmed that his family is moving from New York to L.A., and because of that, he's "going to take a little time off" so that he and his wife can be at home with their kids while they're going through that transition.
Did you ever see Benedict in Sherlock?
Yeah. I haven’t seen all of the Sherlocks, but I’ve seen some of the Sherlocks, probably half of the Sherlocks, on my iPad. Is that a bad thing to say? Because I’ve been traveling. I’m a little behind. But he’s also somebody other younger actors like Emily Blunt and people like that have talked about. When you start hearing a name all the time, you go, “Okay, I’ll download this, let me see," and then you start to pay attention, and he’s at that kind of breaking point now.
He wants to have more than a beer with you — he wants to go dancing, to party, stay out all night, maybe at the Emmys, maybe another night.
He may not know how old I am! [Laughs]
Well, he thought out of all your fellow nominees in that category...
... I got the best shot at staying up late? Michael [Douglas], Michael can burn the candle at both ends, too, so maybe the three of us will go out sometime.
So what did Damon's wife Luciana think of his ripped physique?
"I think she likes the variety," he says with a laugh. "When I did The Informant, I put on 40 lbs. and I was like, 'You kind of like this guy too?' I'm trying to talk her into [liking] that guy because that's the guy I'm most comfortable being."
Fortunately for the Oscar winner, who renewed his wedding vows to Luciana in St. Lucia last April, she made a promise to spend the rest of her life with him no matter what.
"I'm at the point in my life where somebody was silly enough to marry me," Damon says, "and won't leave me if I put on a few pounds!"
But is that getting harder to do? First Steven Soderbergh warned us about the future of movies, then Steven Spielberg and George Lucas did the same thing. You're an extremely famous guy and considered an A-list actor, are you noticing any differences?
Yeah, I've definitely felt the change. That mid-level movie -- the movies that I used to love to make -- that stuff seems to be migrating to television now. And, you know, the swings that Hollywood is taking are bigger and bigger. And the bigger your budget, the more accessible the movie has to be for everybody. And that tends to mean that is has to be simpler and simpler. And, so, the complexity and the nuance starts to get run out of the movie -- out of just fear.
Related to this, what movies do you see in your free time?
The reality? I don't see as many movies as I used to. Or, I should say, as many movies as I would like to. Just because of having four kids and having three small ones. You know, recently, I was in Germany doing "Monuments Men."
Which I'm looking forward to.
Yeah, it's going to be great, I think. George Clooney is a hell of a director, too. But, sitting in a hotel room in Germany, I watched "The Godfather Part II" again. I went back and re-watched a bunch of movies -- "The Battle of Algiers" -- you know, movies that I knew were good. Rather than watching a new movie that I wasn't sure about, I just went back and watched "Klute" and "The Paralax View" and all of these old movies that I love -- just because I hadn't seen movies in so long.
In relation to some of the dumb movies we see released.
And I agree with that. So, when I make a movie -- going back to my point about directors -- all of those classic movies you talk about had a brilliant director behind them. As somebody who makes his living in the movie business and wants to contribute to it, I think that the best chance I have of doing that is just consistently working with great directors. Because the chances are that I might make one of those movies.
Do you ever feel like what Ryan Gosling's been talking about -- that you do too many movies and that you need a break?
No, I've never really done that. I've taken time off during my wife's pregnancies, so I've taken six months here and six months there. Look, I mean most people get two weeks off a year. So, there are very few actors who are working that consistently. So, even if I have three movies coming out, people say, "Wow, you don't stop working." Well, I actually do. And I never felt like I needed to take a year and just clear my head. Like it was all just too much. You know? On the contrary.
You wouldn't gain too much sympathy with that argument.
And once I started working, I started working and I feel like I'm a better actor for that. I haven't been precious about it. It's more that English, kind of lunch-pail view of things. It's like, you take the role and you do the role. And by the time you're in your 40s, you've done a lot.
Is it yours [favorite]?
I don't know, I'd have to watch them all again. It's weird for me, I love all of them. I talked to Clint Eastwood about this once and I was asking him about different movies that he made and he finally just said, "I love them all." Because people say some of them are masterpieces and some of them are terrible, and he goes, "I know why I made each one and I love them all." You spend the same amount of time and energy on the ones that are big hits and the ones that aren't. Do you know what I mean? So you have to love them all, I think.