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Letterman, press continues
  • Matt appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Kelly and Michael on Wednesday. Most of the Letterman interview is available here, and a partial summary of the earlier appearance is available here. Photos of Matt arriving at Letterman are available at from the official CBS site and ET Online.

  • Matt also taped an appearance on Popcorn with Peter Travers - a photo is available here.

  • A positive review from Variety is available here. Reports following the NY screening are at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

    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.

  • More: Matt is asked again about meeting Benedict Cumberbatch at Vulture, and questions about getting buff at People. In a German interview, Matt talks about staying at George Clooney's villa.

    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!"

  • Josh Horowitz's interview with Matt about Elysium, being third choice behind Eminem, exposing his kids to the world, the music the kids listen to, the Whitey Bulger project, and Father Daughter Time being a way off, is available, in four parts, at MTV.

  • A new interview is at the Huffington Post - excerpts:

    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.
  • 26 comments or Leave a comment
    From: ext_2087515 Date: August 1st, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't think it was the wisest move for Matt to inform the world that as of this weekend he will be moving to his LA home. His home is situated in a corner lot (public access street) with unrestricted views of his front gate (unlike Ben's house which is secluded). So to threaten any paparazzi to "get off my property!" or put up signs of "No Trespassing" well those won't protect him in any way. So I have a feeling we will see many pics of him and family arriving and leaving through the front door not to mention driving around town.

    I truly don't see how this house was described by some as the "gem" of Pacific Palisades...there is NO privacy whatsoever!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Letterman, E Weekly

    After Matt's interview on Dave (great as always) Dave started off the next segment saying that somebody from the mayor's office should call Matt and talk him into staying. You can always tell who Dave really likes, and Matt is obviously one of those people.

    In E Weekly there's a little sidebar about how grounded and family oriented both Matt and Jodie Foster are. This is cute:

    "Last month, Damon's Manhattan apartment was in boxes as he prepared to move his family to a house on the same LA street as Ben Affleck's. During our interview his girls wandered in and out of the room, asking for, in order: bread, bread, a pear, and (from 2year-old Stella) an explanation of what a globe is. "I'm totally surrounded," he says, laughing. Wait until they're teenagers. "Our 15 year-old is spoiling us, she's just so very cool, but I can tell my younger ones are going to be a handful." Few men have sounded happier, though. "I just changed my iPhone signature. It now says, 'Sent from Elysium'."

    So Matt finally gave up on his blackberry!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman, E Weekly

    Great little story Paula, thanks. Was it in Us Weekly? It's very unusual for Matt to do an interview in his apartment.

    Edited at 2013-08-01 09:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman, E Weekly

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Letterman, E Weekly

    Thanks Paula. I've ordered a copy but haven't seen the scans yet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Film Promoting

    Just a thought but have Matt and Jodie promoted this film together yet?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Film Promoting

    Jodie hasn't done any promotion yet, but may turn up for the LA junket in the next few days and the premiere. Her role is pretty small, and she never does much press. Even Sharlto and Neill are only joining the press interviews in LA.

    Edited at 2013-08-01 09:28 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 1st, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Interviews etc

    Please post any new or interesting articles, interviews etc. I've stopped monitoring all press already and will likely miss a lot of stories and links.

    Matt is already in LA doing interviews with Neill and Sharlto.

    Ann Marie Chandy‏@amchandy1h
    Burito breakfast at Santa Monica followed by cool interviews with Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon and Neil Blomkamp. Sunny day in LA indeed!

    A summary of Matt's interview with the media at the NY screening (combines the People and Life and Style reports with some extra lines):


    Edited at 2013-08-02 02:47 am (UTC)
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: August 2nd, 2013 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon

    Mmmmm so sexy xoxo...good night :o
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 2nd, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Le Monde

    The article is behind a paywall, but looks interesting:


    For a long time, Matt Damon had to take painkillers to manage stress. Symptoms - blurred vision, flushing, sweating, flashing lights - were evident before a hearing to extend long after, for fear of having missed everything. Meditation, overdose of pills, drug withdrawal ... The actor has tried everything to reduce the pressure. Without result. Neither chemical nor alternative therapies are offered a reliable solution.

    It was a cathartic shock. Happened in getting the role of the lawyer Vindicator in The Rainmaker (1997), Francis Coppola. Matt Damon was met by the director of the Godfather and face his boyhood idol, Mickey Rourke, whose portrait adorned again, a few years earlier, the wall of his room. Deformed by plastic surgery, the actor looked much more attractive to the detective 's Angel Heart (Alan Parker, 1987). But he was aware of how lucky he was wasted: "Small, not as I do not do crazy your career in the air." launched her former star. The young man got the message. And learned to control his stress.

    Although, at 43, Matt Damon is partly healed, it may, with some directors still get him to feel unsettled. This was the case on the shelf of Elysium (released August 14), the South African director Neill Blomkamp, ​​whose first film, Dist ..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    Perhaps this explains Matt's over-the-top joking about Elysium being a fracking movie on Letterman. Knew there had to be some kind of explanation. Too bad you felt like removing my post, Felicity, but I understand. It's your site, after all, and since you do so much work on it (and good work, too) you certainly have the right to set the tone. Sorry if I offended you (and very likely your friend Paula, too).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 2nd, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    It wasn't worth the disharmony on the site to keep either post (yours or the response). The Letterman interview was strange.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 3rd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    I thought the Letterman interview was funny. He showed that he finds the humor in situations. He's under pressure from SONY for ELYSIUM to perform well, and the aftershock of PROMISED LAND not performing well. He's able to joke about it now, but I think PROMISED LAND comes from a deep place inside and he can joke on the outside about it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2013 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    Thanks for the explanation. I'm sorry that I never saw the response, or I would have given it a polite response if it merited one. I can see, though, that my kind of observations don't comport well with the tone of your site. After all, I'm a guy who is not drawn to Matt romantically. Having some experience in theater and films myself, I'm just a sincere fan of Matt's deep talent and the authenticity of his life style. I won't burden you or your readers again with my thoughts. You're a good soul, Felicity. Best of luck to you and those who post on your site. And I still have my fingers crossed for Elysium!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 3rd, 2013 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    Feel free to post, but I don't want the site to be acrimonious. We can all have different opinions of the same event or comment, but I would rather the site to be a positive place to visit. We're only discussing a movie star and his choices.

    Edited at 2013-08-03 03:28 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Le Monde

    "Stress" = the longing for love with every fiber of your being. M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 2nd, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Tweet, question

    The Guardian is one of us. :-)

    @guardianweekend: Did we mention that we have MATT DAMON in the magazine tomorrow? His eyes look very nice. Very nice indeed. Also his brain is good too.

    I don't recognize where the photo of Matt seated in the gold chair came from. It's obviously from a US set. Just wondering if I missed a TV appearance
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 2nd, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tweet, question

    That's from the Live with Kelly and Michael Facebook page. You didn't miss anything...

    Lots of TV interviews today - Extra etc.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 2nd, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Guardian interview:


    Extra interview:

    Photocall pics Friday (more pics at Yahoo news):

    Very deliberate timing - new Bourne announced with Jeremy Renner only:

    First cut of Monuments Men shown to Sony and Fox:

    “Matt was rushing to lose weight, and I’d have the wardrobe people take in his uniform every day, so that no matter how much he was losing, the clothes felt tight on him,” Clooney said. “There was a real family feeling. I have known John Goodman since I was the seventh banana on Roseanne and to have him come over, and to work for the first time with Bill Murray, who’s a close friend, and Cate and Matt, was incredible. Jean Dujardin was great. I’d only met him at awards shows, when I told him early on that he might win the Oscar for The Artist if he learned English, which maybe I shouldn’t have said [Clooney lost to Dujardin for his perf in The Descendants]. Matt, Bill and John would often come to the set even when they weren’t shooting and when we had a snowstorm, they were right there, picking up camera cases and helping to move craft services.”

    Access Hollywood videos including being in a bald-off with Harrison Ford:

    Edited at 2013-08-03 12:16 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2013 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Re: "Extra intervew" - I wouldn't mind seeing Matt on the couch :) M..

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Re: "Access Hollywood videos" - I love how the camera zooms out to check out Matt's muscles. hehe. mmm. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 3rd, 2013 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Updates

    Matt on his phone - from the Guardian (interview done in London a few months ago):

    Isn't the phone he's holding up a not-very-new-model BlackBerry? "Oh, yeah," he concedes with a rueful grin. "I'm still with the dinosaurs. I gotta get an iPhone. But the difference between a luddite and a tech geek at this point is, like, six months."

    A Brazilian reporter loves the film:

    Another Celebitchy post:

    Edited at 2013-08-03 03:02 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2013 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Universal

    Universal's tactics are incredibly crass and tasteless. Good riddance if Bourne is in the hands of people like that.

    The Access Hollywood videos are quite fun.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 3rd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Photo op

    Matt posing with Everton football players at the junket:

    Elysium ‏@elysium 53m
    #Elysium's Matt Damon poses with @Everton players @leonosman_, @LBaines_3, and Kevin Mirallas! pic.twitter.com/Anwy8oTp3c

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