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The Martian world premiere
  • The Martian has premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, with most of the cast in attendance. Matt's performance and the film are receiving very strong reviews and awards speculation - see the comments section of the previous post for detailed reviews. Matt, Lucy and Alexia walked the red carpet at the premiere. A few quotes from Variety's review are below. Lucy's dress is by Michael Costello.

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    With ideas like cryogenic sleep and warp speed, the movies have a tendency to make space travel look easy. Not Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” an enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story in which Matt Damon plays a NASA botanist stranded on the Red Planet after a sandstorm forces his crewmates to abort mission. Like Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Damon’s “right stuff” hero has to get by on his own wits and “science the sh–” out of his predicament. It won’t be easy, but it is possible — and that’s the exhilarating thrill of both Andy Weir’s speculative-fiction novel and screenwriter Drew Goddard’s “science fact” adaptation. Considering that the United States hasn’t launched a manned space mission since 2011, “The Martian” should do far more than just make Fox a ton of money; it could conceivably rekindle interest in the space program and inspire a new generation of future astronauts.

  • Jessica Chastian praised Matt in an interview at the Hollywood Reporter, also available on video.

    Though Jessica Chastain and Matt Damon are both featured in The Martian and Interstellar, the actress laughed that she has yet to thoroughly work with him.

    "The difficult thing for some reason for me working with Matt Damon is that I don't get very much screen time with Matt!" she told The Hollywood Reporter, ahead of the film's world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. "I've always wanted to work with him because for me, he really is that strange connection of being a movie star and also being a chameleon actor, someone who really transforms into his role. He's a real, real actor, but he's also one of the biggest movie stars in the world!"

    Another Hollywood example of that rare crossover is Jennifer Lawrence, says Chastain: "Every once in a while, someone does both."
  • 8 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2015 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    At premiere

    His look reminds me of 2009's Invictus premiere. Similar suit and haircut, and he looks young :)

    Some videos and pics of the cast on stage ahead of its premiere.




    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian world premiere

    I don't know what I envy more, if Lucy's great body or that handsome husband she has ;)

    They look fantastic. And happy. I'm glad for them.

    Alexia Barroso also has a lovely figure.

    And overall, The Martian has positive reviews.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Saturday news

    From EW - Emily Blunt's picture when Matt walked into the party:

    Hollywood Reporter video interview where Matt talks about possibly dropping the Whitey Bulger project and Bourne:

    Report on the premiere:

    PopSugar photos of Matt and Lucy at the premiere:

    A photo of Matt with astronaut Chris Hadfield:

    Video interview at People including posed portraits with Matt and Jessia:

    Edited at 2015-09-12 10:57 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    More links

    The B roll footage behind the scenes footage of the making of The Martian is out, and a few gifs are available in this tumblr post, which also has a link to the full video (lots of footage from the movie):


    Matt talks about water.org

    Ty Burr of the Boston Globe reviews The Martian and discusses Matt as movie star

    But there’s a surprising amount of wit here for a movie this big (or for a Ridley Scott production, for that matter), and Damon plays his castaway with a beguilingly light touch. He remains one of our most curious movie stars, one whose specialty is that there’s nothing seemingly special about him. This makes him more than just likable -- it renders him trustworthy. Damon’s the center that holds “The Martian” together and brings it down to earth.

    Photos of Matt with Jessica and meeting up with Emily Blunt for the EW party (at Getty) and also

    Cute pics of Matt and Jess at the same event:


    Patrick Stewart update
    Gregory Ellwood ‏@TheGregoryE 6 hours ago
    Just interviewed Matt Damon for The Martian and none other than Patrick Stewart came by to congratulate him. He caught the premiere. #tiff

    Ridley on Matt and Matt talking about the three things he would take to Mars (including a shrink):

    In Style portrait of Jess and Matt:

    Edited at 2015-09-13 12:33 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: More links

    Thanks so much for all the goodies. Alexia's looks very pretty, I like her dress. I don't think this interview has been posted yet. Jessica says Matt "kills it."

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 13th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)


    As if there wasn't enough going on here, http://www.mattdamonfan.net
    is all abuzz with some EXCELLENT hi res images and portrait pics form TIFF.
    I emailed webmaster Annie as well and hope she comes to join this community :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 13th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: http://www.mattdamonfan.net

    Great website! Amazing photos. Love it :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 14th, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    For those who can't watch, this article explains the project green light controversy best.
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