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  • A new interview with Matt is at The Telegraph:

    “So we came to California. And the kids love it, they’re very happy, and that’s the most important thing to me.”

    “With four kids, it’s hard. When the kids were younger, it was all an adventure; you’d go on the road and they were portable and it was fun. But now they’re a little older and they’re in school and they have their lives – and their lives count as much as yours does. So, ultimately, if it’s Sophie’s Choice between your kids and a movie, that’s no choice at all.”

    “When I was in my twenties, I wondered if I would ever be able to settle down. But I found the right person and it was like getting struck by lightning – literally, everything changed in my life. Now I find the prospect of being single terrifying. My life is so much easier because of my wife and my marriage. Everything makes sense.”

    At the recent economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Damon was presented with an award for his work, and took the opportunity to lobby politicians. “This is my one passion outside of making films. It’s my other job.”

    He left university before his final year to take a role in a TV movie, Rising Sun. “I’d love to finish the course but I don’t know that I could go back to Harvard now. Maybe if more people my age were there. But the idea of spending a few months where all you have to do is read books and write the odd essay is very appealing.”

    “Art represents the very best things we have achieved. The Nazis were stealing it, and in some cases destroying it. They were obliterating works of art that were irreplaceable. The film asks us: 'What does art mean to us?’ At a time when the art budgets are being slashed in all of our schools – and in some cases, where it’s being cut from the curriculum – it shows us that art matters.”

  • The Unscripted interview with Matt, George and Grant Heslov is now available at Frenchies Fans of George Clooney. A tweet about the upcoming international junket from Bob Balaban:

    Bob Balaban ‏@BobBalaban
    Getting ready to ditch real life and go on MMen junket in Berlin, Milan, London+Paris. Will keep photo journal to remind myself I was there.

  • A fun junket interview with Matt, John Goodman and Bob Balaban from Clevver Movies:

  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of a possible drug overdose at 46. Lots of Ripley reminisces ahead (Anthony and Philip have now died from that movie).

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Philip Seymour Hoffman

    I'm very touched by this new. I think he was a very good actor and I didn't know he was a drug addict.
    By the way, before reading that, I wanted to say (and it's more trivial) that I love this pic from Daily Mail of Matt walking in the street and going to Geffen Playhouse. He looks pretty fit! Love!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Water,org video

    Matt and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Ripley photo, posted by the LA Times:

    Matt and Gary promoting water.org from Davos on CBS' On the money segment airing today (preview video available):

    Edited at 2014-02-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2014 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)


    Crave interview

    Tom Junod on Philip Seymour Hoffman's death and comparing him to Matt and George as actors/risk-takers/stars (the article has provoked argument):

    Live coverage of the Harvard event from 6pm Monday:

    It should be available to watch later:

    Edited at 2014-02-03 11:53 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    The way Junod romances addiction in the Esquire article is beyond offensive to me.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvard event

    Great, thank you. M..
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2014 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    The Harvard event was terrific!
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 4th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    RIP, PSH. :(
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Harvard discussion

    Matt skyped into the discussion via an office in NY due to early press commitments tomorrow (the GMA interview). Matt said it was his first time at the John F. Kennedy School for a discussion, but I thought it was the same venue and format as the Haiti discussion some years ago.

    Matt discussed his role and his passion for the subject. Loved the last question/statement from the audience member. Robert Edsel (and Matt) are of course very positive about the film and the impact it could have on future generations knowing more about the issue and taking more steps to protect cultural treasures.

    Edited at 2014-02-04 12:16 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 4th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Harvard discussion

    Edsel is very articulate and his enthusiastic support for the film is very encouraging. He sure can shoot down some of the misplaced criticisms of the film effectively!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 4th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)


    Finally, we have an answer to the Daniel Craig question. Daniel Craig was replaced by Hugh Bonneville.

    Stated by Matt in this JoBlo interview:
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 4th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    Thank you!
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 4th, 2014 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    i guessed right, yippie! lol
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: February 13th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Interview

    nice one!
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