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  • An older Elysium interview from Cancun at the Sydney Morning Herald:

    Meeting Matt Damon for the first time in 1997, at a swanky 65th-floor restaurant in New York named Rainbow Room, the then-27-year-old unknown actor was like a puppy dog. He was eager and excited to hear about the great reaction to the first screening of Good Will Hunting, the drama he had written and starred in with childhood best friend Ben Affleck.

    "I think that our version of the fairytale kind of ended with Good Will Hunting, when we won our [best screenplay] Oscar and we thought that was it, that's the end of act three, and we didn't even think beyond that," Damon recalls as he relaxes on a couch in a hotel in Cancun, Mexico, for a promotion of his new drama, Elysium.

    The soft-spoken actor, wearing black accountant-style glasses and a crumpled grey shirt and jeans, proudly recounts how, after Affleck's 2013 Directors Guild award for his Oscar-winning drama Argo, ''he emailed me and said, 'We didn't even dream about this one!' So our lives have now officially surpassed anything we could've hoped for."

    It's not hard to be won over by Damon, who deserves his reputation as one of the most down-to-earth actors in Hollywood. He's also a happily married husband who recently renewed his vows with former bartender Luciana Barroso (10 years to the day after they met) and a father of four: Alexia, 13 (Luciana's daughter from a previous marriage), Isabella, 7, Gia, 5, and Stella, 2. Damon admits to a hangover after last night's beach party, where he teamed up with fellow guests Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum to film a spoof music video to later air on Jimmy Kimmel's US talk show.

  • Positive Elysium Reviews are at the New Yorker and Jo Blo.

    New Yorker

    At last, a good big film. The legacy of the summer, thus far, has been jetsam: moribund movies that lie there, bloated and beached, gasping to break even. But here is something angry and alive: “Elysium,” written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, and set in the year 2154.

    The casting is spot-on here, because something in Damon—in the unsoothable anxiety of his gaze, and in the squat, wrestler’s physique that seems less buffed than primed to explode—suggests an internal drive of high intensity. Projecting not the will to power but a tireless lust to live, he remains likable, and oddly bashful—a regular guy who happens to belong in extremis. Cagney would approve, I reckon, though he never forgot how comic such hardihood can be, and, watching “Elysium,” he would warn Damon not to lose the smile.

    As he seeks refuge beneath a truckload of pigs, you realize what “Elysium” has that films like “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Man of Steel” refuse to countenance. It doesn’t just look and sound right. It smells.

    Jo Blo
    Matt Damon, sporting a shaved head, plays the everyman hero. Max DeCosta is definitely no Jason Bourne, and like Wikus in DISTRICT 9, he’s initially selfish, with his only goal being to survive, and everything else being secondary. This makes Damon a believable, intense hero, with a total absence of action hero posturing, and his numerous exo-suited battles and gunfights having a desperate intensity. Damon makes for an ideal hero, with his physicality suiting the action scenes, but also bringing an emotional charge to the film that we might not have gotten otherwise. Action heroes these days tend to be stoic. Here, Damon’s Max is terrified of dying, and just wants to survive.

  • Other interviews are at the New York Daily News and the Boston Globe:

    New York Daily News
    If all goes according to plan, one day, he’ll find something to direct.

    “(But) I’m going to miss everything about New York. There’s nothing I don’t love about this city — well, yeah, except the sports teams,” says the life-long Red Sox fan, unable to resist one last dig at the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez’s contract before he leaves the city.

    “I don’t know how it’s going to go,” Damon adds, suddenly sounding very much like a 27-year-old. “We might turn around and come back.”

    Boston Globe
    For Damon, a film is a trust fall, leaning into the void in the hopes that a talented filmmaker will catch you. “Elysium”’s physically demanding role, with much battering and bruising and hobbling for its protagonist, and little dialogue, reminded Damon of his three films as Jason Bourne. “I remember Tony Gilroy saying, on the second one [2004’s ‘The Bourne Supremacy’], when he made the decision to kill Franka [Potente]’s character in the first act of the second movie, he called me up and said, ‘I just want to be clear. You don’t have anyone to talk to anymore!’ ” Damon remembers with a chuckle. “He called it the samurai version of the movie.”

    Rather than adding to his list of famous directorial scalps, Damon would prefer to work again with some of the filmmakers who generously taught him when he was first starting out, like Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. “While he was shooting ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ he would stop and answer any question that I asked him, which was really nice of him,” Damon says about Spielberg. “I just remember thinking I don’t know enough to be here with him yet. I have to try to absorb all of this, because I’ll learn lessons later.”

  • Matt met some Everton soccer players during the LA junket - photos are at the Daily Mail. An interview with Elysium composer Ryan Amon is at Indiewire. An interview with Neill Blomkamp is at the LA Times.

    Blomkamp’s desire to control his creative fate was challenged when one scene featuring Damon’s character played poorly with early audiences. Ultimately he took two days to reshoot the scene. “The film that happens in theaters — the right calls were made,” he said. “That’s the director’s cut.”

  • Behind the Candelabra won best movie, miniseries or special at the Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 6th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Felicity, thanks for posting the article links above! They are GREAT. I like the two photos too!

    Great news to share, Paula and others, I got tkts into the Tonight Show Taping on Wednesday!! Photos won't be allowed inside though :( You'll all be with me vicariously. I'll probably be shouting the most when he comes out.

    Bad news, still no tickets to the premiere later Wed evening. I'll head over to the theater premiere after the Tonight Show taping and see what I can see. If anyone has any leads, please share! I've entered two contests for tickets but nothing.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)


    Hey, terrific news about the Tonight Show. Ha, ha, you'll have to shout out something specific so we know it's you. How about, "Go Red Sox!" Nobody else in LA will be shouting that. Lol.

    Good luck with the premiere.

    Please come back and share!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: tkts into the Tonight Show Taping

    Have a great time Gregory, looking forward to hearing how your experience goes and I hope you have some luck with tickets to the Premiere. I like Paula's suggestion :) Kind regards, M..
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: August 6th, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    New Kimmel skit


    Seven months after the actor took over nemesis Kimmel's late-night show, the host sent his security guard, Guillermo Rodriguez, to surprise Damon while he was promoting his new movie, Elysium.

    As seen in Monday night's episode, Rodriguez crashes an interview Damon is doing and proceeds to display key art for his own "movie," Estupido, featuring the tagline "A stupid man…who is stupid."

    The always good Collider junket interview:

    How the world of Elysium feels real. Damon talks about the way Blomkamp directs
    Is it true he got cast because Blomkamp wanted his character from Eurotrip. Says that he wishes he did a version of Scotty Doesn’t Know wearing the exoskeleton
    What does he collect
    Who has made him laugh the most while trying to shoot a scene
    How does Elysium compare to what he was pitched before he signed on

    Edited at 2013-08-06 01:09 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The always good Collider interview

    That was good :) Loving these Elysium interviews. Excited!! M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Press coverage

    Via http://iwouldfookthat.tumblr.com/ Matt's not included on the Colbert Report's website of upcoming guests.

    Monday, August 5, 2013
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!/Guillermo and Matt Damon comedy skit airs
    Conan/Diego Luna appearance
    Sneak Peek to air during WWE RAW on USA

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013
    Ink Masters Episode Integration on SPIKE
    CNN’s New Day/Matt Damon appearance
    Good Day LA/Diego Luna appearance
    HuffPost Live/Diego Luna appearance
    Hispanic Press Day/Diego Luna

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno/Matt Damon appearance
    Good Day LA/Alice Braga appearance
    Hispanic Radio and Print Phoners/Diego Luna (TBD)
    Kevin and Bean/Sharlto Copley Live In-Studio interview

    Thursday, August 8, 2013
    The Colbert Report/Matt Damon appearance airs
    HuffPost Live/Alice Braga appearance
    HuffPost Live/Sharlto Copley appearance

    Friday, August 9, 2013
    Popcorn with Peter Travers/Matt Damon appearance airs
    El Nuevo Herald/Matt Damon interview runs
    Miami Herald/Matt Damon interview runs
    Kevin and Bean/Matt Damon phone interview (time is TBD)

    Thursday, September 5, 2013
    American Cinematographer/Film feature on-stands

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    Make-Up Artist Magazine/Film feature on-stands

    September 2013
    Cinefex/Cover on-stands
    Town & Country/Alice Braga feature runs
    W Magazine/Alice Braga feature runs

    Edited at 2013-08-06 01:22 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 6th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press coverage

    my God, what a busy schedule.
    Felicity, THANK YOU for posting The Tonight show date when you did! I was able to jump on it at that time and request tickets to attend, and I was able to get tkts!!


    Edited at 2013-08-06 03:16 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press coverage

    Great news. The Kimmel appearance is just the Guillermo 'interview' at the junket.

    Matt with family outside the Elysium NY screening:

    ET interviews with Matt and Sharlto and BTS highlights (Sharlto's favorite film of Matt's is Good Will Hunting):

    Matt's interview with Fox5 Vegas (Rachel Smith) - part 1:

    ABC video interview:

    The Kimmel skit with Guillermo, filmed in Miami (including Matt speaking a line of Spanish):

    Sharlto on working with Matt:

    Edited at 2013-08-06 09:48 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press coverage

    The Kimmel skit is a great way for the show to help Matt promote the movie. Very slick. He sounds like he's losing his voice! Hopefully he'll get a chance to rest a bit.
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: August 6th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Press coverage

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 6th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: CNN's New Day

    Here's the video if you weren't able to watch the video on the first link. And I'm feeling good. :) M.. http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/08/06/exp-matt-damon-elysium.cnn
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Harvard interview

    A brief interview conducted when Matt was at Harvard.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 7th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvard interview

    this is a nice video! it's about time. still waiting on the archived ceremony. here are photos from the Harvard Arts FB page from the taping of the interview. https://www.facebook.com/#!/HarvardArtsOFA/photos_stream
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 7th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Site note

    I'm not posting or including any links to political comments or other misinterpreted comments currently in the news - it's just not worth it.

    Edited at 2013-08-07 12:34 am (UTC)
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