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The Martian
  • Interviews from The Martian's press day: People, including includes quotes from an interview at Entertainment Tonight, E Online, Access Hollywood and Extra.

    JoBlo's report on the NASA JPL visit; a similar report at Yahoo; an audio commentary by Matt on the trailer at Yahoo.

    During the interview, Matt opened up about life at home with wife Luciana Barroso. He gushed, “I have an incredible wife… so she takes all the pressure off me.”

    The two have been happily married for almost 10 years, and are also workout buddies who hit the gym together. "I have to get in shape for this ‘Bourne’ movie coming up. I've done yoga. I cannot touch my toes. So I would not say we do couples yoga, no. She does yoga and I've tried to do it a few times and it's sad.”

    Matt also set the record straight on rumors that he was invited to meet the Pope when the Pontiff visits the US. He said, “Oh, I think he's amazing. He's also Argentinian, so everybody on my wife's side of the family obviously thinks he's amazing.”

  • There's a good video at Coming Soon which includes highlights of the Q&A at NASA JPL and video of Matt placing his handprints in cement for the 'Mars Yard' (and talking to journos). Thanks to Gregory.

  • Matt and family were at Disneyland on Thursday for Gia's seventh birthday. Photos are at the Huffington Post and Zimbio:

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  • An interview with Matt about his family, life, career and The Martian is online at the website of Australia's A Current Affair.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 21st, 2015 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)


    The footage of him leaving his handprints at the JPL 'Mars Yard' is extra cool (at the end of this video)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Handprints

    Thanks Gregory, I've included the video above - very cute. Embedding the video isn't working for me.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Thank you!

    Thank you!
    So he read the book before making the film. (A Current Affair interview)
    I was wondering about that :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Thank you!

    I was wondering about that as well. That he is a fan of the book will make the book's nerd fans (like me:) very happy.

    And did I hear Matt say that Alexia is 17? I thought she was only 15.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)


    Rotten Tomatoes interview. Matt is so cute!
    It was featured on the main page.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Video

    Haha, leave his family at home, go to work in the Amazon, and come home for dinner. Fingers crossed he get's the golden tomato with The Martian. I like how he keeps the sympathy award in his office, and the Promised Land poster I got him is framed and hanging in there too! :D
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rise Nation event

    Matt, Lucy, Emily and John have attended the premiere of trainer Jason Walsh's Rise Nation studio.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Rise Nation event

    I wonder why Ben didn't train with Jason Walsh. Didn't Ben train with a cousin of Matt's instead?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Great Wall, The Martian

    Jasin Boland has added a few more spectacular China photos to his Instagram. There is also an amusing reference to Bourne.

    I don't think this CNET interview is in our bundle yet - this one is also pretty cute.



    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 22nd, 2015 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Great Wall, The Martian

    Yep, saw somee great China pics but hadn't seen these comments:

    surfdgaJust beautiful. Ready to go back for MARCO POLO next Feb???
    jasinboland@surfdga well it would be perfect timing finish end of February can't leave my fave man high and dry. You know Marco Polo spent a year in those mountains right

    So Jasin is doing Bourne and it is finishing end of February.And interesting that Marco Polo is filming in February - Matt was previously attached to a film version.

    And it sounded like they were taking seven hours to get to set when they were in the Gobi desert? Location challenges!

    Edited at 2015-08-22 05:08 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    New little clip from the JPL q&a. It's not just potatoes! Ha, fun comment from the poster.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Rise Nation event

    ET has some quotes on fatherhood and the anniversary from the Rise Nation event (Matt will be filming Bourne at the time):

    Getty/Wireimage/Zimbio has a few more photos from the event, but none from inside or with John/Emily.

    E report:

    "Matt is absolutely the best client anybody could ever hope for," Walsh told E! News. "He is hard-working and he is funny as hell. So we keep it light, but we work really, really hard. He sees and feels the benefits of training the way we train. My philosophy for training the movement has helped him get past back pain, shoulder pain."

    At the event, Damon was accompanied by his wife, Luciana Barroso, with whom he shares four daughters.

    "You want to live longer and health because you have these kids and you want to play with them and go to Disneyland and you want to do these things without pain," Walsh said. "And that is the focus we took with him."

    Edited at 2015-08-23 12:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Rise Nation event

    There is video of Matt speaking about Lucy and the kids at the Rise Nation opening here. Funny that the press keeps asking him about his family all the time. Just one of the weird little ways that the spray from the Affleck/Garner divorce flies in his direction.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 23rd, 2015 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Pearl Street message

    This is sweet - a message from Pearl Street to an actor in the PGL film.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2015 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir reviews The Martian movie!

    And oh yeah, he's happy!

    In a Skype speech to the International Mars Society Andy Weir says he saw the movie the day before ( I think this took place several days ago). He says "it is awesome", "great", "very true to the book", and that "Matt Damon PERFECTLY captures the character of Mark Watney."

    His comments about the screening are around the 17 minute mark.


    Wooooo hooooooo!!!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: August 23rd, 2015 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Andy Weir reviews The Martian movie!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Martian commercial

    Here's the commercial that just aired on US TV (and got a lot of reaction via twitter):

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 24th, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I've taken down a link to a youtube video of Matt and family in Disneyland, but this almost as invasive - Matt and family next to David Beckham and family at Nobu in Malibu over the weekend.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2015 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photo

    Lovely family.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Instagram Q&A, new images

    Matt is hosting a Q&A on Instagram hosted by People on Wednesday. #askmartian

    People magazine ‏@people ·
    Got a question for Matt Damon about #TheMartian? Use #AskMartian and your question could end up on PEOPLE's Instagram

    Extended TV spot and new photos

    Edited at 2015-08-26 12:06 am (UTC)
    From: cindiest Date: August 26th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    Do you know what the handprints are for? I love all these goodies. Thank you!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 26th, 2015 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
    They were just for a display in the 'Mars Yard' at NASA JPL.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    The Martian Premiere is scheduled on Friday 9/11 at Toronto:

    ROY THOMSON HALL: 9:30 PM THE MARTIAN Ridley Scott | 130 mins PREMIUM

    After that:
    SAT SEP 12 12:00 PM Roy Thomson Hall
    THU SEP 17 3:00 PM Princess of Wales

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 26th, 2015 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Toronto

    I forgot to give the link:


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