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Elysium world premiere
  • Matt and Lucy (in a Roland Mouret dress) attended the world premiere of Elysium on Wednesday in LA. Photos are at the Daily Mail, Zimbio, Yahoo and Gossip Center.

  • Video of Matt and Lucy at the premiere is available here and here. There's also video of the premiere and an interview with Matt at Access Hollywood and AP.

  • Video interviews: having fun with Young Hollywood, Andrew Freund (Matt talks about seeing Jodie Foster at the Hasty Pudding ceremony at Harvard 22 years ago) and HitFix (good supporting article).

    By any standards, you have to consider him a major movie star, yet whenever I've had a conversation with him, he's one of the most normal, casual guys I can imagine. Someone like George Clooney has a sort of aura where you are constantly aware of the reactions of everyone around him, where even if he's not trying to turn it on, he creates this ripple just by walking through a room. I honestly believe Damon could get away with relative anonymity if that's what he wanted. He's certainly able to turn up the wattage for the films he's in, but in person, he strikes me more like a dad I'd meet at a Little League practice than a movie star selling a $100-million-plus production.

    One thing I've heard repeatedly from people who have worked with Damon is that he's a great collaborator, willing to put the film's needs above his personal needs. There are plenty of actors who will ask for changes that are about their image or their public persona, but Damon seems like much more of a big picture guy, someone whose goal is always to make the film better overall.

  • An Australian interview from Cancun is available at the Daily Telegraph, including:

    All in all, however, Damon is in good spirits. Only a couple of weeks earlier, he had renewed vows with his wife of eight years, Luciana Barroso, in the Caribbean. And just last night - perhaps a clue as to why he's clutching that caffeine - he'd danced the night away with Luciana, Channing Tatum and "a lot of tequila".

    As Elysium director Neill Blomkamp puts it, Damon is unafraid to "damage his brand".

    "I never thought of it that way," says Damon, sporting black-rimmed glasses and salt-and-pepper hair to rival that of his old mate, George Clooney.

    "I remember talking to this Japanese golf pro once and he told me the thing about a golf swing is, at the top of your backswing you have to say 'What the f---!' - you have to just let it go. Because if you try to control it, you'll ruin it. I thought that was good advice for a career in the movie business. It's impossible to micromanage an image, it's impossible to control your career. So it was always just a matter of trying as many varied types of projects as I could."

  • Update: Matt mentions in a new interview with Vanity Fair Italy that he and Lucy now have matching tattoos of each other's names - only a part of the interview is online:

    He unbuttons his sweatshirt, takes up the sleeve of his T-shirt and shows me, just below the right bicep, written italics. Lucy, his wife's name. "I've got her, she's got mine. One morning Lucy told me: "Don't you think we should have a tattoo?" And what could I say?"

  • The first stills from Monuments Men are available at USA Today and The Playlist.

    Clooney says the film offered something rare in the canon of World War II films: an untold story.

    Heslov says that while the pair wanted a break from their past work, those projects, which include 2005's Good Night, and Good Luck, opened the door to getting an A-list cast, composed mainly of friends. Clooney's co-stars include Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and The Artist's Jean Dujardin.

    "When we write movies now, we usually have specific friends in mind," Heslov says. "It's nice to be able to call them and say, 'Hey, we have a new movie. Want to come spend a few months with us?' Usually, it works out."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Elysium world premiere

    All those cameras, looks like a scene of the monster in the Cave of Caerbannog in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail. M..
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 8th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    I have feeling it is going to be long weekend for matt and the movie. We are the millers looks like it is going to over perform and that could be bad news for Elysium. Matt really does need to start picking better projects, he keeps saying the director is the most important but the scripts he is doing just aren't that great and it seems to be hurting him. He really does need a hit I mean when was the last time one of his movies was a money success? He will have monuments men but that will be mostly due to clooney. I know people her love to hate Ben but right now Matt needs an Affleck directed movie or he may want to reconsider another Bourne. People seem to like Matt they just don't go to his movies in big numbers. I hope Elysium does do well not just for Matt but for original movies, but if it doesn't do at least 30 mil this weekend it will hard to make 100 mil which it really needs to do here in the states.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: August 8th, 2013 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
    Btw monuments men trailer should be dropping today.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 8th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)


    Hey All! Reporting in as promised :) Thanks Paula, M. and others for wishing me well on my ventures yesterday. I went to The Tonight Show with my passes, but unfortunately was turned away. The theater holds a little over 300, but I was told there was a guest list of 200 people first to accomodate and then those of us with passes would be allowed but that was only about 100 of the nearly 300 of us that showed up. Needless to say I was crushed.

    I then headed to the venue hosting the ELYSIUM premiere without tickets to get in (it seems as though it was mostly a closed event to the public), but was hoping to get a good spot to see the cast arrive. A big crowd turned out. I spotted a SONY person I indirectly know over on the press side of the red carpet. I happen to have his email address but he doesn't know me personally. I sent a quick email saying who I was and that I was there. 30 minutes later he was exceptionally generous and was able to obtain a tkt for my friend & I. We crossed over to meet him and enter the theater, but drawback, I wouldn't be able to see the red carpet arrivals. My friend had never been to a premiere before so he was blown away at how I was able to get us in. Both of us excited to see the movie, we went to our seats but I had instinct enough to go back and check out the large lobby. I lingered just long enough that I spotted Sharlto Copley pass by to use the restroom, and then I spotted Neal Bloomkamp in the lobby. Within another minute I spotted Matt, surrounded by some folks. I snapped 2 photos of him from the stairwell landing!!

    The movie was amazing! High adrenalin and gritty. All of the actors were excellent, the special affects top notch, good story. Matt is always exceptional. I have high expectations for this movie this weekend. Granted I was surrounded by a SONY audience but their enthusiasm and reaction I think is a good indicator of general audiences. When the movie ended I saw Bloomcamp, Fitchner, & Copley exit the front of the theater. Matt must've been whisked away first. Some fans sorta bombarded Copley for photos but betweeen security's arms I casually passed him my ticket and a sharpie to autograph my ticket.


    Here are links to some photos for you all :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 8th, 2013 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Premiere

    Great work Gregory - thanks for the photos and the report. And it's amazing you could get into the premiere.

    Matt said in one of the interviews that the cinema was where Good Will Hunting premiered in LA.
    Re: Premiere - (Anonymous) - Expand
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


    How sweet, they have matching tattoo's, at least a name doesn't take too long to do, wonder where Lucy has hers, im assuming not on her arm!!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tattoo

    Does Lucy have some writing on her foot? You can use the zoom tool in this photo at Us:

    From: ext_2087515 Date: August 8th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lucy looks very tanned and comfortable in her own skin, almost like enjoying the cameras on her. She is standing more posed and all. I wish she would coordinate better her outfits with Matt.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Matt and Lucy both look great, relaxed and happy. Lucy in particular looks stunning. That's one of my favorite red carpet dresses on her ever, and it's also the most chill I've seen her look in that situation. The color is fantastic on her. Can you believe she's had four kids?!

    I wonder if MM will be as light as the clips suggested. If so, it's probably not a big awards player, but it looks like fun. Of course, the last comedy George made was leatherheads :-/ Nice to have it verified by George that Matt is the star.

    I've always doubted Elysium could win the weekend. There's too much competition, and it has significantly fewer screens than any of its rivals. 700 fewer than Planes.

    Thanks so much for assembling so many goodies.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lucky you Gregory!! Loved your photos! So looking forward to Elysium here in Australia next week and then Monuments Men!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 12th, 2013 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks Karen!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    matching tattoos

    I imagined Lucy would have "How do you like them.." and Matt would have "apples" hehe. M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    NY Times review:


    Putting the world in Mr. Damon’s hands is as smart as making him the star of a big special-effects fantasia. At once preternaturally boyish and middle aged (he’s 42), Mr. Damon has become the greatest utility player in movies: No one can better vault across rooftops and in and out of genres and make you care greatly if he falls. He’s so homespun that he could have sprung wholly formed from a corn silo (he shares James Stewart’s extraordinary likability if not his later-life, postwar neurotic edge). But it’s the ease and sincerity with which Mr. Damon conveys moral decency — so that it feels as if it originates from deep within rather than from, say, God or country — that helps make him a strikingly contemporary ideal of what used to be regularly called the American character.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Hernia surgery

    I hadn't seen this mentioned before - in Total Film magazine Matt says he had to have hernia surgery before filming Behind the Candelabra and lost a lot of weight.

    Scans at mattdamonfan.net

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australian visit

    Sharlto writes in a Reddit chat that he and Matt are leaving for Sydney on Friday night (premiere is on Monday):

    can't tell you how excited i am about coming to Sydney. I missed it both times with D9 and A-Team where we almost came on both films but there was always a reason it got cancelled. Matt and I on the plane friday night - no stopping us now...

    Sharlto on the Kevin and Bean radio show - starts at the 36 minute mark:

    Edited at 2013-08-09 03:35 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 9th, 2013 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)


    Miami Herald interview and video of Matt and Lucy arriving at the premiere:

    El Nuevo Herald interview:

    Matt will be interviewed on the Kevin and Bean radio show today (Friday), and the audio will be available on the podcast later.

    Edited at 2013-08-09 09:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


    In what may be the weirdest Colbert segment ever, Matt was interviewed last night - as Colbert was being crushed by a soda machine.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Elysium now playing

    I just went to see the film today and it was awesome and very futuristic!
    From: tsgpinkblack Date: August 9th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Today I went to see Elysium and it was good, futuristic and at the end it was a little bit sad but the film was awesome!
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