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  • Recent interviews with Matt in Hong Kong have been released to coincide with the trailer and poster for The Martian, which has been brought forward to 2 October. Interviews: video interview with Richard Wilkins (Australian TV), Inquirer.net and the Times of India (with thanks to B), including:

    Casually dressed in a black T-shirt, denims and sporting a ponytail, Hollywood heartthrob Matt Damon, 44, is startlingly unstarry.

    Making himself comfortable on a chair, overlooking the sea in a five-star hotel suit in Hong Kong, where we met him, he quickly adds, "I've always wanted long hair." Charming and witty, he spoke to us about his upcoming film The Martian directed by Ridley Scott, where he plays astronaut Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars.

    In the film, you speak of growing plants on Mars. Are you as curious in real life as well, someone with strong survival instincts?
    No! If you drop me alone in Hong Kong, I would be in trouble, let alone Mars. No, I am definitely not the person who would survive. I mean I am an actor. Are you kidding me, if you drop me on Mars, I would be looking around for someone to bring me a cappuccino.

    Your role in this movie reminds one of your cameo in Interstellar.
    (Smiles) Yes, they are in similar circumstances. I had taken a year-and-a-half off and the only thing I did was the cameo in Interstellar and then this role came along. I said to Ridley when I first met with him, "I just played a guy stranded on a planet. You want me to play a guy stranded on a planet!" We laughed about it but the movies are so different that it felt like apples and oranges. The circumstances are the same but it's a very different movie.

    When do we see you in India next?
    I came there in the fall of 2013. This year I am slammed. I am shooting near Hong Kong and then I go to Europe to do the next Bourne movie, so probably next year in 2016. I'd love to take my kids across the world so that they can start experiencing travel; they are getting old enough...certainly my teenagers.

    While he has made a living playing the winning everyman on film, Matt Damon has an otherworldly presence in person. It’s those icy blue eyes, so bright they seem unreal; but there’s also that smile, so easy it seems like something Hollywood hasn’t changed.

    He flashes that quick wit when he recounts asking Scott in jest on the set about the presence of extraterrestrial life. “I would joke, ‘Hey, is this the scene where we’re going to see the Martian? No, he’d say, you are the Martian!’”

  • Andy Weir's take on The Martian release date being moved up:

    Andy Weir
    The Martian's release date has been bumped up to October 2nd. When Aditya Sood (producer of the film) emailed to let me know he said "this is the film distribution equivalent of the Rich Purnell maneuver".
    Imagine being 10 years old and your parents tell you Christmas has been moved up two months. That's how I'm feeling right now. Woohoo!
    Why did they move it? I can only speculate. The trailer had overwhelmingly positive feedback, so they're probably feeling confident about how the film will perform. Money now is better than money later so why not release earlier? Also, they probably didn't want to go head-to-head with Mockingjay and the new Bond film, which both release shortly before Nov 25.
    Mostly, though, I suspect it's because the earlier release date puts more distance between The Martian and Star Wars, giving Watney a chance to keep your attention for longer before Han Solo gut-punches him and takes the spotlight.

  • Jimmy Kimmel has spoofed The Martian's trailer. An interview with Andy Weir by Adam Savage is also below:

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 13th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The trailer

    Here's an amusing video of nerd hero (and, as seen above, huge Martian fan) Adam Savage as he watches the trailer for the first time. The sounds he makes and his enthusiasm are good fun. I thought Lee in particular might enjoy it.


    From: cindiest Date: June 14th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The trailer

    I love that!
    From: cindiest Date: June 14th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thank you <3
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2015 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)

    Test screening

    Test screening reviews for The Martian are up already (a quick check says they're sticking closely to the book, as Matt suggested in the interview).


    Edited at 2015-06-14 07:21 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 14th, 2015 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)


    At a Parkview Green restaurant?


    Edited at 2015-06-14 07:21 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Just Matt... and coffee...and a sweet look.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    mm so sweet - S
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    The return of crazy hair! Lol. Good fun, thanks.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 17th, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Oh dear. I wonder why he's always wanted long hair. Samson complex? Lol
    He looks so much like one of his daughters in this photo.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    I love it! <3 =D
    Remainds me of Brad Pitt's Troy era. There comes a time for every actor.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian trailer/Neil deGrasse Tyson!

    Famed astrophysicist/science popularizer/smart dude Neil deGrasse Tyson has live tweeted about The Martian from the stage of a talk he was giving. He also apparently showed the trailer, highlighted the "science the shit out of this" line, and said he will be at the movie 'on day one."


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 17th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Yahoo Movies

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    Thanks, Gregory.
    Here's the not cutout version of it.
    This is really great interview. Matt is the man. :-)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 17th, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    Lots of articles about set visits today including:



    Pedro Pascal devoted a post to Alexia leaving China today (her Instagram account is private).

    Edited at 2015-06-17 09:40 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 17th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    JoBlo has by far the best set visit info, interspersed with comments from producer Sood. The rovers really drive! The space suits are so cool! Nerd heaven! Love it all.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 17th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    This is the JoBlo cast interviews link:


    The Coming Soon interview keeps referencing how rushed the production is and how quickly it came together (leading to possible issues).


    Edited at 2015-06-18 12:02 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 17th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    Thanks Lee for sharing that one! It was a solo one with Matt, some of the other variations of the article are with other cast. One of them pointed out how no one has compared "The Martian" to "Moon" (which is an excellent film) but instead mention Gravity, Cast Away, and Interstellar.

    Edited at 2015-06-17 11:41 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    "That piece of shit?"

    I literally LOLed at that remark.
    Love Matt's sense of humor. :-)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: June 18th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    Lee, you're turning into a Matt fanatic like the rest of us :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 20th, 2015 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Yahoo Movies

    "Anybody I’ve met who has some occupation that’s kind of cheating death all the time, they tend to have that kind of gallows humor and sarcasm." =)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 18th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)


    Danish screenwriters have been selected to prepare the RFK movie, which must still be on track:

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