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  • Photos from Matt's visit to Bangalore are at Indian Express and Telegraph India. More reports are at Times of India (including comments on Batman and Bourne), and here.



    The Bourne Series actor's hush-hush visit - most of the Indian media was expecting him in September - saw him visit Pondicherry, Chennai and Bangalore to check on Water.org's projects. Co-founded by Damon, the organisation works toward providing clean water and sanitation to villages.

    Matt Damon did a Jason Bourne in Bangalore, slipping away quietly like a true agent after inspecting slums that are beneficiaries of drinking water and sanitation projects funded by his non-profit organisation. The original Bourne star was accompanied by Gary White, co-founder and CEO of Water.Org.

    Damon had come yesterday morning around 8.30, before traffic clogged Bangalore roads. A Toyota Fortuner carried him to the slums on the city’s outskirts where residents had no clue about the star status of their benefactor. Clad in casuals, Damon interacted with them with the help of a translator.

    In about 90 minutes, his express operation covered a slum in Maruthi Nagar and another in Vijaya Nagar, some 35km from the heart of Bangalore. While most of the slums are badly affected by poor water supply during summer, those on the outskirts usually suffer the maximum. By around 10.30, Damon had left Bangalore.

  • Photos of Matt returning to LAX after the trip to India are at Zimbio and PopSugar.

  • Terry Gilliam on the casting of The Zero Theorem, which premieres next Monday at the Venice Film Festival - from The Playlist:

    The cast for this is great. Once you had Christoph Waltz, was it easier to get everyone else together?
    It was easier because the film had been green-lit at that point. Once something is being made, it’s easier. It ended up being a collection of friends. I remember calling Matt Damon and he didn’t even look at the script; he said “Yeah, come on, we’ll do it.” Tilda Swinton, who I’ve always wanted to work with, she said yeah. It was incredibly easy to get people because it’s an interesting project; the characters they play are very interesting, quirky, and very different then what they often play. A lot of these parts required a day or two which is easier in people’s schedules because the movie is Christoph, he’s never off.
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    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: August 28th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    India pictures

    Oh I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Matt in India he's awesome ;)
    Ele
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Big news!

    From indie wire

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-matt-damon-joins-christopher-nolans-interstellar-lines-up-directorial-debut-a-murder-foretold-20130828
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Big news!

    Yep, awesome news. Matt will apparently be filming in Iceland for two weeks for Christopher Nolan.

    Here's the link to the New Yorker article which will form the basis of the script:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/04/110404fa_fact_grann

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matt-damon-make-directing-debut-616761
    http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/damon-joins-interstellar-eyes-directorial-debut.html?mid=twitter_vulture
    http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/matt-damon-circling-the-foreigner-as-directorial-debut/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
    http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/matt-damon-talks-directorial-debut-also-joins-christopher-nolans-interstellar-113946

    http://variety.com/2013/film/news/matt-damon-interstellar-foreigner-1200591048/
    It’s still very early in the dealmaking process for “A Foreigner,” as Damon still needs to meet again with Paramount on what his plans are for the film, but if the deal is made, it would mark the actor’s directorial debut.

    Penned by “Argo” scribe Chris Terrio and based on the 2011 article “A Murder Foretold” by David Grann, the true story focuses on a murdered Guatemalan man who has videos of his killers distributed after his death in order to uproot the corruption that led to the death of many others.

    Steve Zaillian and Garret Basch of Film Rites are producing along with Indian Paintbrush’s Steve Rales, who is also financing.

    Edited at 2013-08-28 09:46 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 28th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Big news!

    Matt: OK, Batfleck, I see your Batman and raise you a Nolan and a Terrio script.

    Ben: Grrrrrrrrr.

    Ha. ;-)

    It's funny, I noticed that recently when Matt was asked about what directors he wanted to work with he didn't do his usual dodge and actually mentioned several people, Nolan being one. Undoubtedly he already had the gig at that time.

    I'm sorry Matt's not in the movie more, but establishing relationships is the important thing. I can definitely see him as McConaughey's(sp) brother. I've always thought they looked a bit alike. More so than he and Wahlberg. I can't stand Wahlberg.
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 28th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Big news!

    I've seen one tweet from a person who has read the script saying Matt would be a better fit as the lead than McConaughey.

    As long as the two-week filming doesn't clash with the Emmy awards I'm happy. Filming in Iceland for two weeks would be a lot of fun.
    Reo Roma From: Reo Roma Date: August 30th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Big news!

    Hell yea Matt Damon would be a better fit then the other Matt, ha! I don't see that MD looks anything like McConaughey I mean I don't hate him or anything I just love Matt Damon the most xoxo!
    Ele
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 29th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming locations

    Filming is currently underway in Canada

    http://www.backstage.com/los-angeles-production-listings/

    Interstellar (Sci-Fi) Another dimension is explored by a group that travels through a wormhole. With Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Caine. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Casting: John Papsidera, Automatic Sweat, 5234 W. Washington Blvd., L.A., CA 90016. Shoots in Aug. 13–Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, Canada, and Iceland.

    Edited at 2013-08-29 01:41 am (UTC)
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