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Press tour ends
  • Matt has returned to Los Angeles after promoting Elysium in Australia and South Korea. Photos of Matt arriving at LAX on Thursday are at Zimbio.

  • A photo and article is at Le Figaro:

    You film a lot. How do you take care of your family?
    With my wife, we have established a rule of fifteen days maximum separation, and we never go beyond that. But, I just broke away from her and my four daughters for sixteen days, and it is much too long. At age 40, time is precious, and any separation from my family is hard.

  • From an interview at Metro UK:

    He’s shot seven films with Steven Soderbergh, including this year’s Behind The Candelabra, and he’s recently reunited with close friend George Clooney, taking a role in the latter’s fifth directorial offering, an adaptation of the book The Monuments Men, which recounts the story of an Allied group tasked with saving art treasures from the Nazis at the end of World War II.

    ‘There’s actually a lot of humour in it,’ Damon says of Clooney’s film. ‘It is serious in a sense but it’s also a funny film and almost feels like a heist movie. There’s a lot of that camaraderie between the guys. It is shaping up to be a terrific movie.’

    Though the Boston Marathon bombing in his hometown earlier this year has tempered the celebrations, 2013 stands as a big year for Damon. Elysium comes hot on the heels of his acclaimed performance opposite Michael Douglas in Behind The Candelabra, which in turn followed his decision to renew his vows with his wife, Lucy Barroso.

    ‘I didn’t re-ask her to marry me,’ he reveals, ‘but originally we were going to have a wedding at the end of 2005 in our house in Miami over Christmas. My family was coming down and we were going to surprise them with a little wedding. But somehow word got out, The National Enquirer had wind of it, so Lucy and I went to City Hall and got married quickly and quietly.

    ‘But we always said that we wanted to have a proper wedding. We wanted to do this with our family and our friends but then we put it off. We kept having kids but finally, after seven and a half years, we said: “Let’s do it!”’

    They renewed their vows in St Lucia in April with their friends, family and children; Damon lives in a girl’s world at home with daughters Alexia (from Barroso’s first marriage), Isabella, Gia and Stella.

    ‘Women definitely seem like a different species,’ smiles Damon. ‘We will have boys from my girls’ class come over and they will instantly take the toys and find boys to play with them. But the boys never go to my girls; they’re instantly hitting each other over the head. ‘Boys certainly seem a little more inclined to be violent,’ he laughs, ‘although I’m no shrink!’

  • An interview with a New Zealand journalist about sports and accents is here. An interview with the BBC's Greg James is here.

  • From a Norwegian interview:

    Matt: America stems from its immigrants. And it has only been positive. Think of my children. They are American. However, they have English, Swedish, Scottish, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish and Argentinian blood in them. They have eight countries represented in them. There you have the modern American child. The whole history of mankind is the rest of the people moving to better places.

  • More interviews: at the West Australian, Bild, El Nuevo Dia and the Huffington Post. And a quote about Matt from Sharlto Copley at Urban Cinefile:

    But the important thing that Copley has taken away from the making of Elysium is his relationship with Matt Damon. “I feel very privileged to have formed a friendship with a man so decent, so grounded and so passionate about films and filmmaking. He’s become a great role model.”

  • From a Neill Blomkamp inteview at Hey You Guys:

    Blomkamp: When we were in Mexico filming, Matt was telling me that when he was younger his approach was to be that method actor who got immersed in the character. He thought that if you lived that character that’s how you would find the best performance. Then he said that he got to a point in his career when he realised that making films is the director’s medium, and it’s the director’s palette. He realised it’s the actors job to pull that magic trick, to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes. It’s quite interesting because his philosophy helps the director fulfil his goal and I’ve never heard an actor say that before.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 16th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)

    Late interviews

    Australian radio interviews that aired earlier this week:

    Fifi and Jules, 12 August

    Merrick and the Highway Patrol (Matt wouldn't do an impression of Russell Crowe and says all of his stories of Russell come via Ben), 12 August at 19.30


    Edited at 2013-08-16 10:08 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 16th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: photo at Le Figaro

    Phew, I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms since Monday, now I feel better again :) M..
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Random comments

    A few comments from recent interviews that you may not have seen or read (summarised version).

    On vows: We’ve been together so long we had fun with it.

    Australia: My wife loves it here. We were going to have more time here but it is what it is. Supposed to come in yesterday but I went home and got another night with the kids. I try to bring Lucy and the kids but it just didn’t work out this time so I’m by myself. I lost a day of surfing with Sharlto.

    Los Angeles: They love it there already.

    Water competition: Drank 7.5 litres on the flight to Australia and 0.5 litres on the car to the hotel.

    Tattoo: Just got this one on my arm a few months ago.

    Sharlto: His wife must know stuff on him but I don’t.

    Trip with Chris Hemsworth: It was a mutual friend of ours. We decided to surf down the slide with a boogie board and dish soap. One of the coolest four day trips of our life.

    Why don't you wear a disguise in public? Disguises backfire.

    Regrets: I love where I am in my life now so I don’t regret anything.

    Kids: My favorite part of the day was getting them to school, picking them up and hearing about their day.

    Perfect day: burgers and beer by the pool with the kids. By the beach with my wife and kids.

    Learning about sex: My father walked in & said 'Do you know about the birds & the bees?' I said 'Yes' & that was it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 17th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Random comments

    Re: "I lost a day of surfing with Sharlto" -- probably a good thing, after watching the competitiveness over water, I can just imagine Sharlto surfing and fishing at the same time. Hehe.

    Re: "Water competition" -- hopefully you're not still on toilet strike otherwise you might resemble a fountain by the time you arrived back home.

    Re: "We decided to surf down the slide with a boogie board and dish soap. One of the coolest four day trips of our life." -- After hearing about your surfing experience on your holiday, I was going to suggest you try boogie boarding. We used to go boogie boarding every Christmas north of Sydney (Port Macquarie - beautiful "Lighthouse Beach") in Australia, and did the slip and slide on a long sheet of plastic and dish-washing liquid in our backyard, cool fun!

    Re: "Perfect day: burgers and beer by the pool with the kids. By the beach with my wife and kids." -- I was going to buy you some Aussie BBQ tongs for a souvenir or stubby holder, then I considered a painted gold potato masher for your dance moves (to put beside your' -or Ben's stolen- Golden Tomato on the trophy shelf), but I thought I might get arrested and might not make it into the Premiere so I settled for the cardboard poster. :)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 17th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Australian TV spot

    Matt did a fully-scripted appearance on a local football (Australian Football League) show tonight - video here.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 18th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    India visit

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 18th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Box office

    Elysium continues to do just fine at the box office in US and internationally.

    Third place was a tight race, but according to estimates, it went to Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi action flick Elysium (Sony), starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, which dropped 54% from its first place opening weekend and is just slightly ahead of another new movie with $13.6 million and $55.9 million grossed so far.

    Elysium opened in 20 new territories this weekend and added another $22 million overseas to bring its international total to $37.7 million and worldwide total to $93.6 million. It opened in 8 Western European markets including France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland, all where it opened better than both Blomkamp's previous film District 9 and Pacific Rim, according to Sony. It also debuted at #1 in Australia with $3.2 million, 64% better than District 9.

    Elysium #1 at international box office

    Edited at 2013-08-19 02:36 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

    Family photos

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Family photos


    Looks like Lucy has a fave outfit -- she has worn it on the past.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)

    Korea visit

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 19th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon talks Elysium

    Kate Rodger interviews Matt Damon on rugby, Elysium and Weta Workshop.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 19th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon talks Elysium

    Thanks, previously posted.
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