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Interviews, praise for The Martian
  • Matt is interviewed at Time Out (NZ) magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald, including:

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    Sydney Morning Herald
    In his middle age, Damon seems to have infinitely more confidence than the younger man who broke through all those years ago. Though he was no slouch in the confidence department back then. Despite the machinery of Hollywood anxiously turning – wanting to propel him forward – he has no qualms about asking for a moment, or 18 months, for himself.

    "I never thought, well, if I take a year off, no one's ever going to hire me again," he says.

    "There are two movies a year, kind of. There's a cycle, the spring and the [autumn]. And if nothing comes along that's any good, I'll take six months off.

    "I always just kind of react to what's out there; what directors are doing what, and if I miss the train on directors that I've had my eye on, I just wait for the train to come back around."

    Time Out
    Said wrinkle led to the Budapest-shot film almost being made down our way. "In fact, this movie was almost shot in New Zealand. We were between New Zealand and Budapest, but the largest sound stage in the world is in Budapest and Ridley couldn't resist it. He wanted to go to New Zealand particularly because Weta was there, and Ridley was all like 'Weta's the best in the world', which is true. And so we almost went just for Weta. But he couldn't resist this giant sound stage in Budapest. I think Ridley just fell in love with that. Given that a lot of the movie takes place on a sound stage, Ridley wanted the biggest one."

    One of the ways Watney passes time in The Martian is by watching a cadre of old 70s TV shows that are stranded along with him. What shows would Damon himself choose to watch if he was lost in space?

    "Not the 70s TV shows. I could go with The Wire and Game of Thrones. I love Game of Thrones. House of Cards, I love that one. Breaking Bad. We're in the golden age of TV and I'm on Mars watching reruns of Three's Company."

  • The Martian, and Matt's performance, continue to receive great reviews - Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 96%. A few comments from costars at Indiewire:

    Both men are cheerleaders for Matt Damon, whose performance is the centerpiece and with whom they never really crossed trajectories. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels shot in Houston, months before Damon started filming on what seems to be another planet.

    “Matt Damon is superb, it’s a brilliant central performance, and not an easy one to do,” Ejiofor said. “I met Matt Damon years and years ago -- and then the other day.” He laughed. “I said, ‘I really hope to work with you one day, mate.’”

    Daniels said, “I really like him and I was glad to be in the movie, first for Ridley, but second for Matt, because he makes good movies; he doesn’t make bad movies. And what he does in the film is extraordinary, a wonderful actor’s challenge and he did it really, really well. I hope he gets nominated, because he went from A to Z.”

  • More photos from the set of Bourne 5 in Tenerife are at La Opinion:

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Video from TIFF

    The Globe & Mail has The Martian in their 'Three Films Worth Lining Up For' list. Their wonderful thumbnail description is: "TM has a perfect cast (including MD), a riveting pace and a devotion to the science part of sci-if that is damn near inspirational."

    Their is also a brief snippet of an interview with Matt that is notable for two reasons. 1) he says "wrong" in an amusingly Bahston way, which I have never heard from him (except in a Boston-set movie), and 2) Alexia is standing behind him, obviously enjoying listening. She is so pretty!


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Twitter-led assaults

    Given recent events, I have been doing a bit of research about Twitter. Twitter was the main for source for the online vitriol aimed at Matt. I think it's a good idea for us to have a grasp of just how artificial and manipulated Twitter can be. I noticed that some of the accounts appeared to me to be legit, and others did not. So I did a little unofficial investigation of my own. In my previous experience, if I tweeted a reply or question at a tweeter, they almost always replied to me. So over the last couple of days I questioned a LOT of 'outraged tweeters' - at least 40 - and heard back from about 10% on the first day, and maybe 15% on the second day. My conclusion is that the overwhelming majority of those tweets were fake automated accounts.

    I will include a link to a WSJ story about the industry in fake tweets. But a few highlights from this and other stories are useful. 1) Twitter doesn't limit users to a single account or require names. 2) fake accounts have been sold for years to make brands (and individuals) look more popular and start trends 3) there is software for sale online which allows people to create unlimited fake accounts 4) a fake account can be created in as little as a second 5) the best fake accounts come with bios, photos, and the ability to retweet.

    So, while there were undoubtedly good, moral people, who tweeted honest, real concerns (I tweet-chatted with some of them) imo, the overwhelming majority of tweets were opportunistically created by Matt's political enemies, who have a loooooooonnnnnng history of this sort of behavior. I also think it's interesting that these tweets frequently cited one of two places - Jezebel, and Salon. Salon is STILL bashing Matt. Whoever is posting those obviously has a little cottage industry in Matt-bashing.

    Sorry to be so wordy, Felicity please take this down if you feel it's not appropriate.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 17th, 2015 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Twitter-led assaults

    No, it's really interesting - thanks Paula. I'm always amazed by the number of tweets which just repeat a single line from months or years ago with no apparent purpose except for spam.

    I'm completely avoiding the main twitter searches, but even on random ones get some extraordinary tweets banning Matt for life for ridiculously hyped reasons with no base in reality. I know we see this every time there is a controversy, and the world continues. And dare I say, this (as an Australian) is a remarkably American issue, response and over-reaction, but I appreciate there are linkages to other countries and cultures. The Salon article I read or saw referenced was absurd.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Awards talk

    The Wrap is predicting an Oscar nom for Matt. In my purer moments it's easy to see that this obsession with "the Oscar race" is childish, but admit that, as a fan, I have a rooting interest. Especially as he has been overlooked several times.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne tweet

    New tweet from Frank Marshall on the Bourne set. Is Bourne a twin? Ha.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Waiting for The Martian.

    Hi, you guys!

    (First of all, I want to apologize because my English is not very good)
    I'm Antonella and I'm from Argentina.
    I've been following this Matt Damon LiveJournal page since a few years ago.

    I read 'The Martian' and I enjoyed it very much.
    Now I'm waiting for the movie, which opens here on Octuber, 1.

    I admire Ridley Scott A LOT, the movie has a great cast and everybody is highlighting the good work Matt does in it.

    So, I'm very excited :)


    From: cindiest Date: September 17th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Waiting for The Martian.

    Hi, there! I am so excited, too!
    From: cindiest Date: September 17th, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm so excited for all of this!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Welcome, Antonella! Don't worry, my english isn't very good too!

    2 fun pics of Matt:
    on a moto on Bourne's set (pic from Jose Bolorino)


    and in Toronto with Jessica and Kate:


    From: cindiest Date: September 19th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great pics, thank you!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    So many great set pics and videos on instagram ya'll!!!
    There's a video of matt on a motorcycle, pretty awesome!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Insta video of Matt on a motorcycle:


    Another video:


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 5

    Thanks to all. You're very kind.

    A friend of mine was on vacation in the Canary Islands and spent a few days in Tenerife. He didn't saw Matt, but he said people rumored that Viggo Mortensen was there too.
    I don't know if this is true or just rumors.
    And I know it was said that Viggo would not be in the movie.
    But a girl can only dream...

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Bourne 5

    Yeah it may just be a rumor :/ I think Viggo would have been a great addition to this installment but last i heard he turned down the part

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2015 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    Marketing for The Martian

    Check out the last line. Ha.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Tiff photo

    A posed photo from the TIFF premiere with Jason Walsh, Lucy, Alexia and a CNN reporter (and another of Matt):


    Edited at 2015-09-19 12:17 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Tiff photo

    Alexia is so pretty! She looks just like her momma!!

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Project Greenlight

    There is an article I saw on twitter which I think at least called out on the so called "controversy". I don't know about the website or the person who wrote this, but I agree his point about why people attach Matt because of the clip.

    Felicity, Please feel free to remove this if you think it is inappropriate.

    Here is the link: http://acculturated.com/project-greenlight/

    And quote from the article:

    "What I do know is that Project Greenlight is a show intended to show how up-and-coming filmmakers must hustle to catch that big break in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Say what you will about the respective talents of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, but both are examples of hard-working success stories in Hollywood. They do know what they are talking about when it comes to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a potential project. And they are the ones putting their names behind the eventual film that emerges from Project Greenlight. They didn’t have to create the show or put their time, money and credibility behind such an endeavor.They chose to re-invest in the type of hopeful dreamers that they once were.

    But none of this matters when you have a juicy YouTube clip of a wealthy white man disagreeing with a flabbergasted black woman. Suddenly we are all experts in the personal motivations of total strangers. Instantly we are able to parse what ostensibly looks to be a creative disagreement in a creative meeting (among Hollywood producers that disagree with each other for a living) for the racist rant it truly is.

    The notion that the only people allowed to tell stories about a specific race, gender or class are members of that race, gender or class is nonsense. We don’t hold this standard up for films about Wall Street bankers, evangelical Christians, or Canadians. Nor should we.

    Bullying Matt Damon on Twitter will not fix the very real racial tensions that exist in this country. But it evidently makes some self-righteous social media users feel like social justice warriors. At least until they find a new target next week.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 19th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Project Greenlight

    Now that article is spot on! Thx Rose 😄. The writer nailed the logic exactly
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Andy Weir on the premiere

    Andy Weir talks to a vlogger about his experiences at the premiere of The Martian for about the first twenty minutes. Kind of interesting to hear the point of view of someone going through it all for the first time. He seems to be a pretty keen observer. I would love to hear more details about that after party!


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2015 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Andy Weir on the premiere

    According to one report Matt didn't go to the after-party. Really interesting to see Andy's perspective on the logistics and the weekend. The interviewer is pretty clueless. Like Andy's cat in the background.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2015 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Mark Watney

    This pic....:)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Mark Watney

    That is really great, although they need to have something in there about engineering experience as well. Do you know if it's fan-created or if it's part of the official marketing?
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