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Downsizing starts filming
  • Matt started filming Downsizing in Los Angeles on 1 April. After a week in LA filming will move briefly to Omaha. Reese Witherspoon recently dropped out of the film due to scheduling issues and has been replaced with Kristin Wiig. Set photos are at the Daily Mail.

  • A new photo from Jason Bourne has been released.

  • An extended cut of The Martian may be released later this year.
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    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 3rd, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt LA

    anyone know WHERE in LA he's been filming?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 3rd, 2016 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt LA

    Palmdale on the first day.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 4th, 2016 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)


    Lots of new info about Downsizing by the author who will be following this film and will continue to post stories and interviews (but he has no idea about The Martian). Spoilers in the article.


    Alexander Payne on Matt:

    Payne once had Paul Giamatti lined up to play Paul, but that was years ago. Matt Damon brings the same kind of ordinariness to bear with the advantage of being a bankable leading man.

    “Among contemporary leading men he is the closest thing we have to an Every Man,” Payne said. “We saw it in The Martian particularly. More and more he is assuming the role that say James Stewart and more recently Tom Hanks used to play. At least you can relate to the guy and you can project some of your own fears, yearnings, aspirations onto his face. You understand him. There are many contemporary American stars with whom I don’t have that relationship. I can’t project any of my vulnerabilities or fears or aspirations onto their faces. But on Matt Damon’s, I can, and he’s kind of the only one we have at that upper level. We don’t have Dustin Hoffman as a young man any more, or Al Pacino or Jack Lemmon or James Stewart. Other people can disagree with me and say what about this one or what about that one but really among the upper echelon of contemporary American movie stars Matt Damon comes the closest to being our Everyman.”

    Edited at 2016-04-04 12:00 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 4th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    IMHO, Payne is directly on the point. It's why I like Matt so much; he's even grasped the truth that if you praise your enemy enough, he can't help let you be his friend. The only question is: is he authentically the guy everyone loves because he's open and available to us--a reflection of our own best selves--or does he have a thousand skins "in a jar by the door" to meet the faces that he meets. I vote for "authentic". No one is that good an actor. Have you noticed, by the way, that Matt gets better looking every year? As a guy, I'm very jealous. If he gets any better looking, he may have to start playing those hot and heavy love scenes he's been wise to avoid. He's got bigger fish to fry. Ah, well. Hope "Downsizing is a smash hit!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 4th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Downsizing

    Really interesting, thanks. Definitely spoilery!
    From: iri_na_00 Date: April 5th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Downsizing

    Everything became more clear and became more interesting after article Leo Adam Biga . Now I have big expectations, than earlier.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 4th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jason Bourne 5:

    With Jason Bourne three months around the corner, why hasn't there been an extended official trailer released? Also no plot has been given yet. They're really keeping this a mystery!
    I'm just a little anxious about this one, huge Bourne Franchise fan here!

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 5th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jason Bourne 5:

    They don't need to do much to sell it, and a trailer will probably come out shortly. They only finished filming about two or three weeks ago!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 5th, 2016 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jason Bourne 5:

    And Paul Greengrass only finished 'shooting' for the film on Monday of this week:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Jason Bourne 5:

    Cool! So that's a wrap then!
    We'll probably get an extended one before the end of this month into the beginning of next..
    I'm super stoked.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jason Bourne 5:

    That's great to hear! I'm looking forward to this movie the way I was looking forward to The Martian last year. Big Bourne fan and very excited!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Jason Bourne 5:

    So am i!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 5th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Aaron Stockard

    For no reason, there's an old pic of Matt and presumably Aaron in this Deadline story about a new Pearl Street project.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 5th, 2016 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Aaron Stock

    Awww he looks so young and handsome!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2016 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Aaron Stock

    Wow, that really is a throwback. He's so thin, I wonder if that was when he was shooting Courage Under Fire?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2016 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Aaron Stock

    Aaron was also Matt's assistant in the early years before Trinette Faint came on board for Ripley (I think).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming Tuesday

    At Antelope Valley College. Photo at

    From: iri_na_00 Date: April 6th, 2016 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Filming Tuesday

    he stands in a queue to Downsizing ? :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming Tuesday

    Another photo from the set, and an article criticizing his weight. Brutal!

    From: iri_na_00 Date: April 6th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming Tuesday

    Matt was acting Bourne two weeks ago. He is gorged belly during this time? Can't be.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2016 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Filming Tuesday

    Lol, I think Matt's wearing a fake belly under that baggy t-shirt to cover his Bourne-ripped body. "Everyman" for sure! I love his lack of ego.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 6th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Filming Tuesday

    Paula, i think you're right! There's no way he could have that belly in a month. Thats like 6 months worth of beer and cheese burgers! Haha!
    He's still a cutie though!

    Definitely loved his ripped Bourne body though...

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 6th, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming Tuesday

    A few more photos:


    The role was designed originally for Paul Giamatti.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 7th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming Tuesday

    More photos

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 7th, 2016 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Filming Tuesday

    And more photos from Wednesday's filming at the Grove with Olive Garden bags:

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