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  • Matt and family are currently on vacation in Costa Rica. They were also in Costa Rica last summer, and Matt talked about his holiday and life outside films during the Elysium press tour to The Label:

    What is your usual exercise routine like?
    I must confess that I don't exercise on a daily basis, but I do it often enough. I run, I hike, and I swim. I do weight training, but not as rigorously as I had to do for this film. I just try and stay in shape and my wife is helps me eat healthy.

    What about clothes, do you dress for comfort or style?
    I've always wanted to be comfortable. My father once said to me, "People look their best when they are comfortable". I don't even mind putting on a suit these days.

    If I looked into your closet, what would I find?
    You would see lots of this kind of stuff (lifts his leg to show me the pair of boots he's wearing). This is a relatively new pair that I got about four months ago. They replaced the boots that I had won in The Informant. I literally just looked at my old brown boots up on my rack this morning and it made me a little sad. I'm a creature of habit; so if I find something that is comfortable I'll wear it.

    What's on your iPod?
    I have not downloaded anything new recently, because this summer I was in Costa Rica with my family and we kind of unplugged. I don't even know what's out there now because I spent my time looking at little bugs with my kids. Though I do like Alicia Keys.

    Who has influenced you most in your life?
    I've had a lot of really wonderful people in my life who have supported me tremendously. You know when my career was going well, all I thought about was can I be as good as my father, just like my brother is. That was probably the thing that I aspired most for, and still do. I am very fortunate to have the family that I have.

    You seem to have everything in life. A happy family and a fulfilling career, is there anything lacking; anything that you struggle with?
    I think that everybody has struggles. For me, finding a balance in my life is a tough one, particularly in the industry I am. I struggle with how to be a good dad and also acknowledge that I love what I do for a living.

    So how do you unplug?
    When I was in Costa Rica, I surfed a lot. We rode around on ATVs to explore the place. There are vast patches of land that are uninhabited and it's beautiful. You can just pack a picnic lunch and go to a beach that is completely empty. It was truly a relaxing experience.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 19th, 2014 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    his quote: You can just pack a picnic lunch and go to a beach that is completely empty. It was truly a relaxing experience.

    This is my kind of holiday, shut of the computer and phone and just relax in peace and tranquility with the people you love to be with
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 20th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jennifer Garner

    Not that I would trust any happy family stories from Jennifer Garner, but a quote from a new UK interview:


    "Ben and Matt are still great friends and, if they're both in residence, they're together at our home or his - they're watching the game on TV and there's beer," she explained.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    A photo of Matt on a beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, last week.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I can't see the full text but this is amusing:

    lee rozins@LeeRozins
    Eating dinner next to Leonardo Dicaprio / listening to him talk shit about Matt Damon . Enjoy your… http://instagram.com/p/qu0RrcvlCk/

    Edited at 2014-07-21 11:58 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2014 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tweet

    That's hysterical - and I totally believe it. Leo always seemed sort of cold and aloof with Matt during the The Departed press. He takes himself waaayyy too seriously in my opinion. Matt probably just didn't kiss his butt enough :)

    Too bad there's no more Costa Rica sightings for us! But I guess that's what Matt likes about the place.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tweet

    There's a few Costa Rica sightings I haven't passed on (including Matt and family in the 'background' of photos at a restaurant). But he's doing very well at avoiding major press mentions so far.

    Totally agree on the Leo comments - they aren't close.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2014 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tweet

    Leo always strikes me as a classic case of fame-derived arrested development. I remember a couple of years ago there was a photo of him spying on girls on a beach from his hotel room with a telescope, like a teenage boy. And we probably all remember the recent Clooney story about the basketball game. Unlike Matt, he doesn't seem to have friends so much as hangers on. In spite of his wealth and fame he usually looks miserable to me. Too many skewed priorities. I guess I could feel sorry for him, but he's such an over indulged brat it's hard for me to care.

    Incidentally, when did these spam robot challenges turn into ads?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Tweet

    Not sure what this site does but I have seen it elsewhere. OK if the ad is short and interesting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Picked up by Lainey

    The photo and gossipy line got to Lainey Gossip:


    And now also at Dlisted:

    Matt is attending the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in September. (I have totally trivialised this news story by putting it with the gossip story.)

    He's listed as one of the main speakers and will discuss 'Cities as labs of innovation' with Gary White on 23 September.


    Edited at 2014-07-23 01:12 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Picked up by Lainey

    CGI is very cool, what a great honor.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Picked up by Lainey

    He has attended before on specific water issues, but seems to have greater prominence this year.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's Interview

    I just love what he said, how he's so real and genuine. I will always like him :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 24th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Supremacy anniversary

    Entertainment Weekly has an article about the 10th anniversary of Bourne Supremacy. No Matt quotes, but interesting comments from Dan Bradley, and, rather oddly, Doug Liman. Could this be the beginning of the rehabilitation of Liman? I'm curious as to whether this article was the studio's idea or whether Liman initiated it. The whole Bourne backstage drama has been so fraught over the years it's like going back to high school. Lol.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2014 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary

    Interesting article and I was surprised to see Liman contributing. His last film (Cruise/Blunt) was well reviewed but didn't attract business.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 24th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary

    Yes, Liman's appearance was odd. I hope he doesn't pull a Gilroy and start claiming more credit than he deserves. The article strikes me as a bid from Liman to rejoin the Bourne circle.

    Speaking of the devil, I'm wondering if the fall of Gilroy means that people associated with Bourne might start acting a bit more intelligently. I always had the feeling that Gilroy was one of those malevolent schemers who thrived by playing people against each other.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 24th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary

    i like how you put it Paula :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 24th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary


    I am having more and more trouble accessing the site because of these weird spam challenges. If I happen to disappear, it's not my doing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary

    Hi Paula - I've changed the default settings so anonymous commenters (as they call them) no longer get the CAPTCHA code. If there's lots of spam I will change it back.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Supremacy anniversary

    Understood, thanks.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Costa Rica

    Matt's holiday in Costa Rica is suddenly news on Twitter.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Star story

    I'm not sure if anyone can access this - I can see the headline but it redirects to Radar Online's site - I can see the start of the story only:


    Three years ago, Matt Damon gave an interview in which he spoke half-jokingly about his fears over his then 12-year-old stepdaughter, Alexia Barroso, growing older. But, it seems the actor had nothing to worry about.

    Edited at 2014-07-24 10:37 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 24th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star story

    If I can get this challenge to let me in, here's the rest of the text.

    Three years ago, Matt Damon gave an interview in which he spoke half-jokingly about his fears over his then 12-year-old stepdaughter, Alexia Barroso, growing older.

    But, it seems the actor had nothing to worry about. Thanks to his guidance and that of his wife, Luciana, Alexia has grown into a lovely, grounded young woman of 16. And no one is more thrilled about the job Matt has done raising her than her biological father, Arbello “Arby” Barroso — Luciana’s ex-hubby!

    In fact, behind the scenes, there’s a lot of good will between him and the Good Will Hunting hunk. “I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better stepfather for my daughter than Matt,” Arby tells Star in his first-ever interview. “He treats Alexia like she is his own flesh and blood. Matt has been an absolute blessing for my daughter.”

    Arby and Luciana’s divorce was finalized in December 2004, and a year later, she married Matt at City Hall in NYC. But as Matt’s career flourished, Arby ran into legal and financial problems. Thankfully, he tells Star, his daughter’s stepdad was obviously up to the task of being the breadwinner. “I used to provide for my daughter, but then the market went down,” he explains. “Everyone’s had their trouble, and I had mine. But Matt’s been providing for Alexia now for 10 years, and he treats my daughter great.”

    A year ago, Matt announced his plans to move his family from New York City to Los Angeles, and no matter the distance, Alexia’s dad knows he can continue to count on the actor and her mom to keep Alexia on the right path.

    “Matt, Luciana and I all have a wonderful relationship,” he says. “People have been hunting me down for years, offering me money and looking for a story. But I could be living in a tent, and I still wouldn’t sell them out. There is no story. Matt is a fantastic stepfather, and Luciana is a terrific mom.”

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 24th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star story

    Thanks very much Paula. Why the interview now, and was he paid (or does it not matter)? We've never known her divorce date before. Arby was a real estate agent at one point, but that isn't mentioned.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 25th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star story

    Yes, another story more interesting for what it implies than what it actually says. Since Matt has powerful - and ruthless - political enemies I have assumed they're looking for dirt on him, and even wondered if Lucy's former husband might eventually be a paid tool for those people. Nice to have this story for future reference.

    Of course none of us are surprised that he's a great dad. It's funny, I think the right wing in America actually have a great respect for Matt, and would give anything to get him to switch sides. Occasionally they misquote him to try to make it seem like he's supporting their positions, which is the ultimate compliment, really. Sorry to get into politics.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star story, Interstellar

    Don't understand the timing of the story but it's harmless. It's in line with Arby's supposed previous comments to Us years ago (Matt's a good dad, there are no dramas).

    A new Interstellar trailer was shown at Comic-Con, and Nolan and McConnaughey were there:

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 25th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Star story, Interstellar

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