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Bourne 5 continues, Toronto stories
  • Matt has returned to Tenerife to continue filming Bourne 5. Photos of Matt meeting fans on set and having dinner with the cast are at La Opinion.

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  • Matt answered reader questions at the New York Times, including:

    In which of the many movies that you have made did you feel that you learned the most about acting from the director?
    Matt:Every single one has been a big learning experience. Coppola, who directed “The Rainmaker,” came from the theater. He did a lot of big productions in college. So he had an incredible understanding of actors. When you would turn up at work in the morning, he would gather the actors in a circle and do acting exercises. I’ve never seen a film director do that since. But it’s a huge part of his whole process.

    It’s breaking you down and getting you to leave your ego aside. It makes you a part of the group, allows you to embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues in a way that turns the whole day into something really playful. There’s just this implicit support of risk-taking among the artists.

    What is good for you about playing a hero? A villain?
    Well it’s more liberating to play a villain because you can really do anything you want. It gives you more of a chance to play. As the hero in a movie, you do have to keep the audience in mind. You can’t lose them. They need to know why you're doing what you're doing because your job is to hold their hand through the story.

    I always thought of myself as a character actor, and the leading man stuff doesn't come as naturally to me. While they’re letting me do it, I’ll do it as long as I can. But I’m really hoping I’ll end up as just a character actor again.

    If you were not allowed to act, and were able to do your working life over again, what career might you consider?
    I’d direct. And still write too. There’s so much overlap in all those jobs, that I’d still do something to do with filmmaking.

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    Is there any actor/actress you would like to work with but haven’t yet?
    There’s a ton. Tom Hardy I think is really interesting in everything he does. I’d love to do something with him. I’m about to work with Alicia Vikander for the Bourne movie, which I’m really excited about. And Tommy Lee Jones is in that too. He directed me in a cable TV movie 21 years ago, but I haven’t really hung out with him since then. But he’s as good as anybody working, so I’m looking forward to that too.

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  • Ridley Scott talked about Matt at Deadline:

    DEADLINE: Sandra Bullock did it in Gravity, Tom Hanks in Cast Away and Will Smith in I Am Legend, but not every actor is watchable for long periods, by themselves. How did you know he would be?
    SCOTT: His body of work. I’ve watched everything he’s done and he’s a very thinking actor and he never does anything just because he thinks it’s going to be commercial. Story is as important to him as it is with me. I always say my plan is, there is no plan. I read something and say, wow, I like that, and if I can get it, I’ll do it. Matt’s body of work has been so seamless that I knew he could handle it.

  • And there was a mashed potato bar at the cocktail party for The Martian in Toronto.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 15th, 2015 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)


    It's a good week, and they adore him! Just look at the smiles all around. Great excerpts from the press. About time his acting finally gets noticed and appreciated.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 15th, 2015 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)


    The only clip from Matt's interview with ET was shown late in the episode in a section about Oscar contenders (Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil mentioned Matt).

    The host asked Matt what Lucy thought of the film and Matt said she liked it. 'She was very excited to be out of the house. Her mom is at home with the kids. So we had a date night.'

    E Online interview:

    Edited at 2015-09-15 09:17 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    BOURNE 2016

    Another video of Matt on set:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: BOURNE 2016

    Another on set Video:


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    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 15th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    With Fans in Spain

    The Incredible Matt Damon:)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 15th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Fabulous comments from Ejiofor and Daniels about Matt's strong central performance in The Martian. Daniels says he hopes Matt gets nominated.


    From: fitzgerald17 Date: September 15th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Where we can read it, Paula?
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)


    Longer video of Matt greeting fans.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 16th, 2015 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Project Greenlight

    Here is a recap of the scene and what was said

    I still don't understand what on earth the fuss is about.
    "You do it in the casting of the film not in the casting of the show". You can do it in the casting of the show, but the show is based on merit. So why on earth would you choose someone of diversity just to fulfill a quota, that goes against the premise of the show. When they say he cut her off, I think they are being harsh, he interjected. It was an open dialog for all of them in that portion of the show.

    The article goes on to point out that that only after Effie "raised a red flag about the racial trope in the script that other judges chimed in and declared they too had a problem with the female character, and said changes will be made." Which proves my point that I made in the other thread about the diversity really is born on the page. So apparently the writer is shitty cause the way the character is portrayed needs major tweaking.

    I just don't see what all the damn fuss is about what he said. Plus I think people get overly sensitive and PC. Like God forbid Matt interject his thoughts if it appears to put down the advocacy of diversity even if it's not relevant to the logic and premise of the show and choosing a director based on merit.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Project Greenlight

    And it is obvious that it has been a long discussion. That they have already discussed this, and Matt is just stressing the point that the show is based on merit ... anyway I totally agree.

    I think some people just realy enjoy having a go on Matt, because he so rarely does anything that can be anywhere near politically incorrect. Unfortunatly.

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Not sure why Anne Thompson posted a photo of Matt (and why Frank Marshall retweeted it). Presumably a pic from TIFF.

    Anne Thompson ‏@akstanwyck 6 hours ago
    Matt Damon!

    Video with Chiwetel Ejiofor (and a related video with Drew Goddard)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt's reaction



    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    New promo for The Martian

    I'm not sure if this is a clip or another 'viral' promo, but either way it's really fun. I love that they're incorporating so much from the book.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2015 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: New promo for The Martian


    love that video! Watched it twice.
    Matt is going to kick ass in this film, and it seems as though they've stayed true to the book! Can't wait to see the movie..
    Ahhh the anticipation!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 16th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt on set (photos)


    Moisés Rodríguez ‏@moi_rodriguezr · 8 hours ago
    Me pasan estas fotos del rodaje en #Tenerife de la nueva peli de la saga #Bourne. Ganas de ver el resultado final! 🎬

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    First Names

    Hey All -- I'd love to get to know everyone a bit by first name. I know I use "G" sometimes but I sign Gregory mostly. I wish so many of you all didn't just use initials. I like that when Paula or Rose talk I know who it is :) or Cindiest or any others I'm missing. We have some new people in this blog and it'd be nice to be a little more acquainted. It's just a thought. There are a lot of "Anoymous" posters too. Why not sign up with just a screen name?
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 17th, 2015 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    Mashed Potato Bar

    haha, the mashed potato bar after party cuisine article was a riot!!! :D Funniest line was " It seems like the stuff some dandyish intergalactic emperor would eat in a Wachowskis movie." AND THAT is exactly what the chef intended when he was given the task of a potato inspired hor dourves party menu.
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