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Matt Damon News Column

Summer vacation

  • 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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