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  • The Martian is now Matt's most successful domestic film after it surpassed the box office of The Bourne Ultimatum. It has now made $227,640,426 in the US and Canada, and an additional $370,553,098 in other markets, with Japan still to come.

  • Matt's comments at the Q&A following the premiere of Manchester by the sea in Sundance are at Variety.

    Matt Damon: The question was how I came across the script. We went to Kenny with this idea, and had a little discussion with him — John Krasinski and I did. It was like seven years ago. [Kenny tells him it wasn’t that long.] It was three years ago? Casey and I did one of Kenny’s plays in London 14 years ago. Kenny is our favorite writer.

    The idea was for me to direct this movie, and I think John was going to be in it, and then I think I was going to be in it. Once I read a very, very rough draft — it was about 4,000 pages — I just begged Kenny, I said you have to direct it. He eventually saw the wisdom. Then I was going to be in it, Kenny was going to direct me in it, and in a bizarre and atypical fit of generosity, I gave it to Casey.

    It’s one of the best roles I’ve ever seen. Basically, what happened — I had a full slate. I wouldn’t be able to do this movie until next year. They could go last year with Casey. I didn’t want to get in the way of a great movie getting made. I already said to Kenny, I wouldn’t give this role up to anybody but Casey Affleck, and Casey instantly took the role. I never made it through this script without crying, and I never made it through any iteration of any cut of this movie without crying. It’s absolutely devastating. It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever come across. I wish I was in it, but I’m happy to just be attached to it.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    A correction

    Correction to the Variety quote.

    Small but important mis-hear by the reporter. It is obvious from the video that Matt actually said, "...in a bizarre and ATYPICAL fit of generosity, I gave it to Casey." (Crowd laughs)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: A correction

    AND.....it's much funnier and fits Matt's personality. Glad you noticed that!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: A correction

    Thanks Paula. That's definitely how I saw it written elsewhere. Now updated!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Here's a fuller quote from Matt.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 27th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Collider interview with Kenneth Lonergan.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2016 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    Ok fellow Damonites. So I caved and bought THE MARTIAN dvd last night because I don't have a Blu Ray player so it made no sense to purchase the Blu Ray + Digital combo pack. I was VERY disappointed they aren't offering a DVD + Blu Ray + Digital combo pack, cause I've bought those for the past few Damon films. I have to say the quality seems subpar :( I saw the film in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and even on United Airlines over the holidays, and my own home viewing was the worst. Just goes to show you how inferior home entertainment can still be. Oh well...
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 28th, 2016 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    This is the Australian option - 3D Blu Ray, Blu Ray and Digital HD. But still not out yet...

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 28th, 2016 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    That is the 3rd option in the states too. I think Louie got that one, and truly that would be the ideal way to have it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2016 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Sad, G.! I played the DVD to gain insight into your observation (came with the set)--I only play pre-Blu-ray DVD's usually. Yes, sadly--even with a very good setup (except I substituted an old DVD player that wouldn't upgrade the picture to near-1080P) the DVD looked like a DVD--lower resolution--by definition--poorer sound codecs--much harder to read the credits. I sympathize, and I'm asking the Universe to send you some higher definition equipment. I think I've said elsewhere, Matt Damon in 3-D, pulling you out of your living room to Mars is just too wonderful. I'm his silent buddy standing by and cheering him on! Still, it's a fine film.

    Good luck, bud.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 28th, 2016 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Louie, thanks for comparing, glad to know my eyesight isn't going. I put it in and was like WHAT??? It really made me appreciate what I saw in theaters. I'm sure if I could see the Blu Ray it would be a dramatic difference. Maybe a Blu Ray player will be on my short term list. Funny thing is, my DVD player is only 5 yrs old but in excellent shape so I don't feel it's time to depart.

    Glad to know someone is venturing on Mars with Matt :)

    Thanks again!

    Edited at 2016-01-28 06:57 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2016 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Just one little caveat, Gregory. You probably know this, but I just feel I should point it out. If you buy a Blu-ray player, it will make no difference for you unless your TV can handle High Definition.It's more complicated than that, but the above is basic. Back to Mars!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 28th, 2016 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    I inherited a 40″ 120Hz 1080P LED HDTV UW40T Series from a friend. That works eh? I won't dare tell you what I had previously haha
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 28th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    Plug a Blu-Ray player into that and you're in heaven--or Mars!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 29th, 2016 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    You will be the first to know when I get one :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2016 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Old shoot

    A TBT instagram pic is a good reminder of an old photo shoot for GQ at the amusement park:


    briancoatsbc A super #tbt I remembered I had after watching #themartian on my flight to #LA and the on way back. @jetblue muffles the bad words but @delta let them fly. Shooting him for @gq with @wattsupphoto at KiddyLand was quite a day- he was up for anything we threw at him and one of the nicest actors I've ever styled. #mattdamon #love #fashion

    Edited at 2016-01-29 02:58 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Wooo hooo! Bourne 5 gets its first trailer (and, apparently, a name) in a commercial during the Super Bowl!

    Arrrghh! So excited!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2016 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I've literally got a grin from ear to ear!!

    This bourne movie will be the only reason i watch the superbowl! (Not a big football fan) Lol!!

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 30th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)


    Skip the football and just look for it online afterwards!!!
    From: tsgpink Date: January 29th, 2016 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne 5 title

    You know what, i think that the Bourne 5 title it's gonna be called "The Bourne Betrayal" i believe!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 29th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 5 title

    If Eric van Lustbader is involved, as he made the SuperBowl trailer announcement, that's the most likely outcome.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 30th, 2016 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Bourne 5 title

    I would assume so too, but Matt himself keeps saying the film has no title so I'm wondering if they came up with something else!!! I'm getting really excited for this film. I'll never forget how when he received his star on HW Blvd in 2007 the same day as the Ultimatum premiere and a reporter asked will you make another one, and he said "For the fans I would".
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