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Kimmel, interviews

  • The pre-taped Jimmy Kimmel episode with Matt and the Monuments Men cast aired on Thursday. Highlights from the show are at Hollywood Reporter and ABC. Photos were posted on Kimmel's Twitter and Facebook, and six highlight clips are on YouTube. This article includes all clips.

  • A cast interview is at USA Today.

    Matt Damon was taking his kids to school early last year when he got a text from George Clooney.

    "What are you doing this spring?" Clooney asked.

    "Nothing," Damon typed back. (He swears it's true).

    "Want to make a movie?" Clooney asked.

    By the time Damon got home, he had the script to The Monuments Men waiting in his e-mail. "I called George and said 'Is this your way of offering me the part?'" Damon recalls. "He said it was, and that was that. We had a movie."

    Then Damon gets serious.

    "I know it's become a cliche to even say it," he says. "But there really is a friendship here beyond movies. It's more than that. In the end, we do this because he makes good movies. We have faith in him."

    Clooney grins. "Suckers."

  • Matt received an honorary (sympathy) Rotten Tomato award in this great clip. Matt also appeared on Jay Leno's final show - the clip is here. The cast gives Bill Murray a Sexiest Man Alive award at MTV.

  • Matt did a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Thursday - the full script is here. Matt's responses are available here. Highlights are at The Blemish and BostonInno and Vanity Fair, including:

    How often are you confused with Tanning Tatum, and do you have any funny stories about it?
    Matt: I don’t think I’ve ever been confused with Channing. I do get confused with Mark Wahlberg a lot, and we just have a deal that whenever we get mistaken for each other we have to be very polite. Can’t give the other a bad name.

    If people are insistent, theres no convincing them I’m not Mark, so I just become him and try to be nice to them. My kids were with me and there’s no easy way to explain that situation to them.

    This happened to me yesterday, I was walking down the street with my kids, and this guy screamed “MARK WAHLBERG!” I just kept walking, because I’m not Mark, and he kept screaming “MARK WAHLBERG! I SEE YOU! DON’T WALK AWAY! MARK WAHLBERG! WE KNOW IT’S YOU!” and then he runs up to me and he says, “I love your work!” And then this woman comes up, and says “I love your family, tell your brother I said Hi!” So I said “Yes, I’ll tell Donnie Wahlberg you said Hi.”

    If people are insistent, theres no convincing them I’m not Mark, so I just become him and try to be nice to them. My kids were with me and there’s no easy way to explain that situation to them.

    If I come hang out with you in Hollywood what are the chances that we’ll become best friends?
    There’s a very good chance of that. I have 32 years of being Ben’s friend, I’m definitely ready for somebody new to hang out with. It’s gonna be a great time. We have a really fun night planned and we’ll probably be in some kind of competition to befriend the winner so they leave the experience saying that one of us is better than the other. I’m personally committed to making sure the winner likes me more than Ben. And if it means us starting a secret handshake or joining a bowling league, I’m in. Anyway, here’s the link:

    How close were you to Hoffman? The Talented mr. Ripley is one of my favourites.
    I mean, pretty close. We worked together a long time ago and I would see him here and there, all over the place. I’d go to his plays at the Labyrinth and I saw him just last year, we were working on Monuments Men and had dinner with him. The last time I saw him, I took my oldest daughter to The Hunger Games premiere in LA and we had a chat before the movie started. It’s just incredibly weird that he’s not around anymore.

    Matt, for reasons I can’t tell you (but this goes back years), you would mean so much to my relationship with my sister if you tell me your feelings on ice cream cones.
    My feelings about ice cream cones? I like ‘em. I’m all for ‘em. Do I prefer the sugar cone or the waffle cone? I like any cone that’s like wrapped in chocolate and nuts. That’s a pretty decadent cone. I’m all for that one.

    When you play monopoly, which piece do you choose to represent you on the board, and why?
    Top hat. I think that’s an easy answer. It classes up the joint.
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