On landing the role and the physical challenges it entailed
"I sent an audition tape to Ron [Howard] and the producers. I wanted to be proactive about it. First thing was, I had to get rid of the Thor weight. I tell you, it was harder to lose it than to put it on. At least on the way up you're being fed, so you're in a good mood. I was under-fed and had to over-train. My wife was like, 'please, just eat something!' It changes your personality in some weird ways. I remember going somewhere and thinking, ‘Who am I? I've got nothing to say.' Absolutely nothing was firing... I was talking to Matt Damon about it a while ago. He said it was like a crazy obsession. Insanity. He went away and did it, but I had to shoot a film while doing it. I got rid of 15kg in the end. Going any further wasn't worth what I was losing in my personal life!"
It's 10pm in Cancun, and tourists walking along the beach in front of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton are surprised to see on a platform none other than the actor Jamie Foxx, accompanied by a pair of DJs, and with a microphone in hand he's enlivened what clearly is a big party. What tourists do not know is that behind the platform there are many other movie stars having fun. They have gathered here to have an unusual meeting with the press, and promote their latest movies or films.
All dancing with joy, no matter who they are and the journalists around them. Channing Tatum dances hypnotically with that skill he has shown in his films, and with him is Chloe Moretz and Maggie Gyllenhaal. A little further, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg share a beer and watch the crowd. In the midst of the crowd, a couple is dancing eye to eye, obviously in love. They are newly married but have been together long enough to have become parents of three girls and share parenting of one more. He is Matt Damon, and he has come here to promote Elysium, a sci fi partially filmed in Mexico. She is Luciana Bozán, the Argentinian Matt met in Miami 10 years ago while filming Stuck on You.
It's been a few months since that night in Cancun,and Damon, 42, still gets excited at the memory. "It was a memorable trip for us because we were without our girls," he says. "It's very rare that we spend two nights alone. Girls usually come to our room, and when we wake up there are the three in our bed, so when we can have some private moments it greatly favors our relationship." For the actor, this year has been exceptional. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work in Behind the Candelabra, and just filmed The Monuments Men, the new film as director of his old friend George Clooney.
Q: In the film you talk a lot in Spanish. Luciana helped you to say the words?
A: She always helps me...
Q: I believe Spanish is spoken in your home.
A: It is true. At home we are learning on the fly the best method to raise bilingual children. All I can say is that our daughters are going to speak Spanish fluently while attending college. The smallest [Stella] is fully bilingual, and the other two speak "Spanglish". Most [Isabella] wants to learn Spanish well, and luckily they have grandparents who speak only in that language and their mother speaks both Spanish and English. It is very difficult to achieve the total immersion it takes to learn a second language in a country where that language is not spoken. Actually, what I mean is that I ruin everything at home with my English.