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Great Wall delayed, Ato Essandoh
  • The Great Wall has been delayed until 17 February 2017.

  • Photos of Matt and Ridley Scott leaving a London restaurant are at the Daily Mail.

  • A photo of Matt and his tattoo for Lucy by Sam Jones at Off Camera.

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  • From an interview with Jason Bourne actor Ato Essandoh at Interview Magazine:

    EMMA BROWN: I saw you in the Super Bowl commercial for Jason Bourne.
    ESSANDOH: When I tell my friends, "I'm in the Bourne movie." They're like, "Congratulations! Wait...is Matt Damon coming back?" I go, "Yeah." And they're like, "Yo! Matt Damon! Matty D!" Everyone pretends they know Matt Damon. It's exciting. Being in the Super Bowl commercial is pretty exciting, too. When we were shooting months ago in London, we did that line from the commercial—"Oh my god, that's Jason Bourne"—and Paul Greengrass was joking, "It's going to be in the Super Bowl ad. It's a perfect Super Bowl ad line." That's exactly what he did.

    BROWN: Did you get a million text messages?
    ESSANDOH: I got a million text messages, most of which were, "Yo! You're in the Bourne movie! This is going to be bananas!" A lot of exclamation points.

    BROWN: Jamie Foxx has this story about working on Collateral with Tom Cruise. Apparently he actually crashed the car he was driving once, and Tom Cruise was in the back, so everyone was like, "Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Are you okay Mr. Cruise?" Is that what working with Matt Damon is like?
    ESSANDOH: [laughs] Totally, because he's the franchise. If something happens to me, it's going to be okay, if something happens to Jason Bourne, the whole movie is done, so I get it. I know I'm supposed to say this, but I really genuinely think Matt Damon is a great dude. Matt Damon's on our side.

    Alicia Vikander is in the movie as well, and we have this scene where we're walking together and Jason Bourne appears. Where we were, we couldn't lock down the space, so they posted those signs, "We're shooting a movie here and by being in this area, you consent to being filmed." Jason Bourne is supposed to be really sneaky and spry, but as soon as he walks by, everybody pulls out their cell phones and starts recording. That level of fame is wild to see.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2016 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

    More Leo jokes

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: More Leo jokes

    Look, I can't stand Di Caprio; he's such a diva.
    And I understand it's a joke.

    BUT, I think Matt should be more careful with his comments. Especially in front of a journalist.
    All those Leo jokes he makes, could be easy misinterpreted.
    He was already in trouble last year with his statements.
    He should be more cautious with the press, IMHO.

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    From: cindiest Date: February 21st, 2016 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2016 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Journey to the Oscars

    Matt was interviewed for the 'Journey to the Oscars' program, which airs on ABC Sunday night:


    "The Martian": Sir Ridley Scott and Matt Damon tell the story of their $600 million blockbuster Best Picture nominee, "The Martian." Scott, the iconic producer and director of such films as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Gladiator," and "Thelma & Louise," is a visionary creator of worlds. We'll talk with him and his Best Actor-nominated collaborator on what made this such a compelling partnership.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 21st, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Flowers for Donatella

    A post from Donatella Versace on Instagram with a photo of a vase of orchids:


    donatella_versaceDear Lucy and Matt ,
    Thank you for the gorgeous flowers!
    My favorite color!!!
    It's a honor for me to dress you both! #mattdamon #lucianadamon
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 22nd, 2016 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Flowers for Donatella

    Matt and Lucy sure travel in rarefied circles. That flower arrangement is (at least to me) spectacularly beautiful--and very expensive. Wow! What a thank you gift! They are a classy couple.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 22nd, 2016 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)


    A feature at the AV Club on Matt's collaboration over the years with Steven Soderbergh:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 22nd, 2016 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Soderbergh

    I was just coming here to comment on that article. Soderbergh was a great collaborator for Matt in that he frequently cast him as the "anti-movie-star" movie star. Matt has spent a lot of time trying to puncture expectations which would restrict him in the public mind to only playing Tom Cruise-like "hero" characters. Soderbergh has helped him keep his options relatively open for the long term.

    It's kind of amazing to think that he went directly from playing Jason Bourne (Supremacy) to walking right onto the set of Ocean's 12. It's a fabulously fast turn around from playing strong, tortured, world-weary Bourne to playing callow, naive, needy Linus. He goes from legendary killing machine to a pitiful (but adorable) nerd who's the butt of jokes. And he's so utterly convincing audiences have ZERO sense of confusion and unwaveringly accept both. It's like a magic trick, almost. It might be my favorite Damon movie year in terms of range. I love it!

    But when the writer says he hasn't had much luck in terms of comedy she's obviously not giving him enough credit for The Martian. That would never have worked without Matt's comedy chops, which he combined so beautifully into his naturalistic acting style. I think it's that style which keeps him from being more lauded in the public consciousness. He just makes it look so easy. An actor with more tics gets more noticed. But since his naturalness and ease also likely guarantees him a long career it's probably worth it!

    I'm glad to see Soderbergh making noises about coming back, although his collaborations with Matt are probably at an end.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)


    Come across this article on Tumblr about who truly deserves an Oscar based on the qualities of the movies they made.


    And based on all the data, the author concludes:

    "But here’s what’s absolutely crazy about this year and the narrative that’s built up around the best actor race. Let’s say DiCaprio deserves an Oscar. You know who deserves one more? Matt Damon, a guy who’s also nominated for best actor this year!"

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 23rd, 2016 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)


    And now Bill Gates has quoted a line from The Martian at a public event. This movie certainly had an impact on popular culture.


    And a high school re-enacts a scene:


    Edited at 2016-02-23 04:30 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    “The Martian” delivered the biggest return on investment of any of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated movies this year. “The Martian” has rolled up $620 million in worldwide grosses against a production budget of $108 million — a whopping 474 percent return.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: February 23rd, 2016 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    And I still wonder how anyone can think Revenant will win best picture. I'm still betting on THE MARTIAN.
    From: cindiest Date: February 23rd, 2016 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    many of the comments in this thread are smart and interesting to read. get place to come to share the appreciation for matt. Thank you.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    It is clear that Leo was appointed the best actor in advance. Then it would be ideal to give the best movie the Martian. At last would be estimated Ridley Scott's merit, and of course Matt, as the main driving force of this movie.
    But I think that will win The Big Short

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2016 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Martian

    I still say if they're not going to give the Oscar to Matt, they should award the bear.


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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 23rd, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Tom Papa

    Timely comments to add to the comedy discussion from an interview with Tom Papa at the Boston Globe (including):


    You’re coming to perform in your pal Matt Damon’s hometown. Is he a funny guy behind the scenes?
    He’s the greatest. We’ve become really good friends and it’s mainly built on just hanging out and making each other laugh. He’s really, really funny. A lot of times, you meet actors and they are interesting, but he’s actually really funny and just a great guy. We became really tight as soon as we started working together.

    Do you think he could make it as a comedian?
    He’s one of those annoying people who could probably do anything he sets his mind to, so let’s hope he doesn’t.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 24th, 2016 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)


    Only the last two answers seem to be new, but they are probably versions of things we have seen before:


    Somehow, it’s been 20 years since Good Will Hunting, and it’s been a pretty amazing run for you, professionally speaking. While many A-list celebrities have their tough times, their run-ins with the media, their moments of aberrant behavior, you’ve stayed on the right side of the street. Is it difficult, balancing a private life with the demands and expectations of being a movie star? 

    You know, that’s an interesting question to me, because I’m an actor, and probably to you, because you’re writing about an actor, but at the end of the day, whatever answer I give isn’t going to make the world a better or a worse place, you know. But it is definitely a big part of the world we live in, and man, there are fewer and fewer outs for celebrities these days. It’s totally different than it was in the ‘90s when I was starting out. But I don’t know if balancing it all is difficult, exactly. My friend (actor) Edward Norton does very little press. I’ve talked to him a lot about this topic, and he’s got a really good point about being in the spotlight all the time, which is this: as an actor, he feels he can play a wider range of characters because people don’t have any preconceived notions about him. The less people know about you, the more leeway you have as an actor. It's preserving the mystery maybe or keeping your appearances “special” by limiting your availability or . . .I don’t really know. It works for some actors. It definitely works for him. He is so damned good! So I understand his theory, but – for me anyway – there’s also the realistic side of this business, which is: you’ve got to go tell people about your movie. You have a contract that requires you do that. It’s my job. (Laughs) So I don’t know: maybe it is hard to find the balance. I’m still working on it. But it’s not the worst thing in the world, people wanting to talk to you. It’s not like having teeth pulled. (Laughs) Talking with you, it beats a root canal.

    That’s the nicest thing anyone’s said to me this year. So another Oscar nomination; not too shabby.

    Look, when it comes down to it, I mean I work hard, I always do my best, I try to be not only nice, but good to the people I encounter or work with, but I think I’ve always just been incredibly blessed. I’ve had incredible experiences making some incredible movies – and I’ve had some incredible experiences making some movies that have maybe not been so incredible. (Laughs) But what makes me happy is the work, when it’s fun and challenging. The trophy is never the result. It’s always the experience. That seems to be working out okay so far.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 24th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

    People video

    A video we can all appreciate:


    Forgot Why Matt Damon Is the Greatest Guy in Hollywood? Here's a Quick Reminder

    But it's not soccer Mr People, it was rugby union.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: People video

    Hmmm, my link goes to page not found. Maybe it's not up in the States yet.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 24th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian - take off

    This is cute.



    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2016 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Back at LA

    Matt is back at LA. Pictures from LAX is now at zimbio.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2016 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Back at LA

    Sorry it's Rose, slippery finger again.

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