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Upcoming talk shows, interviews
  • Matt will be on Jimmy Kimmel's show on Monday and Ellen on Tuesday. He will also do a Q&A after a SAG screening on Tuesday.

  • Filming for Bourne 5 continues in Tenerife, with Matt and crew meeting Professor Stephen Hawking on the set on 25 September (photo via Carlos Alonso's Twitter.

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  • More interviews are at the Boston Globe and the LA Times, including:

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    Boston Globe
    That hasn’t stopped Damon from trying to create his own opportunities. He looks for big films that will also be good. The next Jason Bourne movie will team him again with director Paul Greengrass. Damon credits fans with getting the film made.

    “It was a real factor in doing it — that people really wanted to see it... Building an audience that’s really loyal and really loves it — that’s nothing to kind of turn your nose up at.”

    Weir, who said he was thrilled when Damon signed on to play Watney, says Damon brings integrity to these blockbusters. “People think of him as an action-movie star. People forget that he’s a really good actor.”

    Damon and Affleck faced questions together when they announced their intention to make a movie about James “Whitey” Bulger. The project appears up in the air since the release of director Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass.” Damon wouldn’t reveal much about the film he and Affleck hoped to make, but said their narrative about the infamous Boston gangster would be different from the film starring Johnny Depp.

    “Ben and I had an idea that we would do it more like ‘Unforgiven’ — which was the anti-western. We wanted to do the anti-gangster movie. I got a letter from somebody — from a writer in South Boston when [Bulger] got caught and we announced that we were going to do this story. He sent me this letter and he was like, ‘Don’t glorify this guy anymore. Just stop. Please. He caused so much damage to so many people.’

    And so it didn’t sit well with me. And then as I thought more about it, and Ben and I talked about it, what we realized was there was a way to do a movie that really explored all of our complicity in the raising up of this guy. . . . And, look, I was in ‘The Departed,’ so I’m not knocking anybody. I’m just saying what our way in was going to be, and I think it’s very different than anything that’s been done before and I was really excited about it.”

    Despite obstacles, Damon seems to do what he wants. Maybe that’s why he had no problem talking about the project in the present tense.

    “If we make it about our own complicity — like why do we celebrate this sociopathy,” he said, “then that’s a place that hasn’t been mined... and it’s really interesting.”

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    LA Times
    "In a funny kind of way, Matt is almost the perfect representative of the American," Ridley Scott said last month. "He's fair, he's sweet, he's firm, he's intelligent, and he's a very can-do kind of guy."

    On a late August afternoon, the actor sat on a couch in a Los Angeles hotel room with a cup of coffee, his hair flecked with gray, his muscles sore. In a matter of days, he'd be heading to the Canary Islands to begin work on the as-yet-untitled fifth installment in the "Bourne" action series. At age 44, he said, the regimen of diet and exercise required to play an unstoppable killing machine like Jason Bourne was far more grueling than it used to be.

    "It's horrible," Damon said wearily. "I'm in way better shape than I was for any of the other movies, but it's been 10 times harder. I'm really not fun to be around. I have a horrible attitude."

    Jessica Chastain, who co-starred with Damon in "Interstellar" and plays the commander of his Mars mission in "The Martian," says that, even amid the seismic changes in Hollywood, the actor has managed to carve out a consistently rich and unpredictable career. "Matt is inspiring to be around," she said. "He is a chameleon, someone who shape-shifts in their roles, and he's a movie star — and it's very rare that I think you can be both things."

    As for "The Martian," early reviews have been almost universally raves, with critics hailing the film as a refreshingly original blend of spectacle and smarts.

    "Movies like this are harder and harder to find," Damon said. "It's not a franchise, and it's not trying to be a franchise."

    He laughed. "Though they would try if the movie did well enough. In the sequel, I'd end up stuck on Saturn. 'Not again!'"

  • Matt and Ben are producing a documentary about the global water crisis for HBO.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    SAG q&a

    I don't understand the politics involved. If Matt is doing a SAG screening and q&a does that imply that the studio is signaling that they are positioning him for awards contention, or is this just a commonplace thing? Because it's obvious that the studios are the ones determining who's going to be pushed for that stuff.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: SAG q&a

    I think they're trying to position it for awards at this early stage and just get it in the mix. Matt and John did SAG talks for Promised Land though.

    The screening at New York's Film Festival was also seen as a good awards predictor - just trying to leverage it for an awards campaign.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)


    An interview with a Budapest newspaper conducted when Matt was still filming and talking about calling home and life in Budapest.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Observer interview

    There's a long feature article with Matt in the UK Observer's Sunday magazine with a nice cover photo. It's not online yet, but the title is 'Too good to be true' and covers sexuality in Hollywood, Robin Williams and mental illness, family etc. The author's main line is that Matt is pretending to be average and boring to give him the greatest opportunity for privacy and creative space (true), but his arms give him away.

    Now online:

    The paper also has a pro-science article:

    Edited at 2015-09-27 08:03 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Observer interview

    Love the science angle. I have zero doubt that this movie will be a huge influence on many kids choosing a career in science in the future.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 09:06 am (UTC) (Link)


    Shawn Vance was in some pics from Kanye's LA concert so I thought Matt would be there too - yep:


    Edited at 2015-09-27 09:54 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)


    Philly.com interview:


    For Andy Weir, the software programmer who self-published The Martian in 2011 - and then watched, happily, as it became a New York Times best-seller and then a $108 million Twentieth Century Fox movie - Damon's performance was a revelation.

    "Obviously, I'm incredibly biased," he says, reached by phone in Los Angeles the other day. "But Matt just absolutely nails the character, the personality. The physical affectations that I imagined, his body motions, body language. . . .

    "And that's very hard to do, because Watney has to be serious and stressed enough to show the dire situation he's in, but at the same time snarky and smart-ass enough to have a gallows humor about everything. If he'd gone too far in one direction, then he would just be this archetypal, cookie-cutter astronaut problem-solver - kind of boring, right?

    "And if he'd gone too far the other way, he'd be like this flippant idiot, just not taking his situation seriously. Come on, dude, I'm not buying that you would be so lighthearted in the face of such severe danger!

    "That's a very fine line to walk, and Matt just did it perfectly."
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2015 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Interview

    Great article! I love the relatively rare occasions when Matt says anything new about his 'process'. And interesting that this comes just as the studio begins to position the movie for awards consideration. Hmmmm....
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Donna Freydkin didn't write the USA Today article on Matt this time (she has left USA Today), but she did include a comment in this article on Jessica Chastain:


    We're huge fans of Jessica Chastain over here.
    She's hella talented. But beyond that, she's just an amazingly warm person, one who actually takes the time to connect with those around her. Which makes her very similar to her latest costar, Matt Damon.

    Previous tweet:
    Donna Freydkin ‏@freydkin Sep 24
    Donna Freydkin retweeted Andrea Mandell
    My girl @AndreaMandell does right by my secret boyfriend #mattdamon @MartianMovie

    Edited at 2015-09-27 01:36 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 27th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The DEF CON hackers conference is confirmed for the ending of Bourne (I thought it was just a rumor):


    Damon said the movie will bring Bourne into the post-Edward Snowden world of government surveillance and cybersecurity, with the film’s finale set during the annual DEF CON hackers convention in Las Vegas. Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass, who was behind the camera for Damon’s last two Bourne outings, is also returning.

    “For nine years, people are going, ‘Are you going to do another one?’ Paul and I had that conversation a couple years ago – ‘Why would we do this?’” said Damon. “And I said, ‘Because people really want to see it.’ And he said that’s the one great argument for making the movie.

    “Ultimately we’re here to entertain you. That’s our job. It’s great to build an audience for something, and it’s hard to build an audience for something. You want to reward that loyalty.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 27th, 2015 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian Interview

    There is an interview with Matt in South China Morning Post. I believe he did it back when he was in Hong Kong. It has a nice new picture.


    From: cindiest Date: September 28th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm surprised he's not doing more late night tv. I would've expected him to be on Fallon or Colbert along with Kimmel.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    It looks like it's only a few LA-based shows before returning to filming. And he's never done Fallon or Colbert. Matt didn't attend the NYFF showing today (others did).

    Vanity Fair on the ponytail lie and it also includes a quiz with Chiwetel, Kate and Michael Pena.


    Edited at 2015-09-28 01:07 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)


    Video of Matt, Lucy, Alexia and friends attending the Kanye concert last night. I can also work out Fred (driver) and Shawn Vance but not others.

    From: cindiest Date: September 28th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Kanye

    Thank you!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Cast interviews

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)

    Jerry Weintraub

    There was a Jerry Weintraub tribute in LA on Sunday which Matt, George, Don, Sharon Stone etc attended - photos of the invitation:



    Matt at the podium:


    Edited at 2015-09-28 08:31 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    And more

    Matt's comments on gay actors in the Guardian have of course been pushed by some outlets with a slightly misleading angle until they have become a feature story. Get ready for round 2 of viral backlash.

    Today Show interview summary:

    Edited at 2015-09-28 01:01 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: And more

    It always surprises me how some people can twist words and make it a story. On top of that a lot of people only read the headline and do not bother with the actual story. Twitter especially is filled with those type of people!
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 28th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt in LA

    Yay Matt's in LA for some TV tapings. Boo I won't be able to attend any. I guess it was convenient for him since he attended Weintraub's tribute. I question his taste in Kanye, but have never questioned his choice in other music acts before.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 28th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Matt in LA

    I was thinking the same thing as well!
    Matt doesnt strike me as a Kanye fan, but i guess he is into the r&b/rap genre, because he and Lucy went to a Beyonce and Jay-z concert for one of their wedding anniversaries.

    Maybe Lucy and Alexia are fans and matt just tags along? Hmmm

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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 28th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Rich Eisen show

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