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Boise screening
  • Reports and photos from the Boise charity screening are available at the Idaho Press and KTVB.com. There is another charity screening Thursday in Oklahoma.

  • Interviews: Red Bulletin, Stylist magazine, Yahoo, USA Today from the premiere and the Reddit AMA. BBC Radio 1 interview with the full interview here with a hungover Matt at 1.39 and BBC's "Movies that made me" (UK only). If you can't access the BBC site, the Malkovich anecdote is on BBC's Facebook page.

    Matt Damon: Movies That Made Me
    Find out how Robin Williams was responsible for Matt becoming Private Ryan, why John Malkovich told him he was a terrible actor in Rounders and how we nearly didn't get more Jason Bourne.

  • From a long Financial Times interview with Paul Greengrass:

    Among a stack of photographs is one of Greengrass and Damon on set, grinning at the camera under a spotlight sun. “Our bond is pretty tight,” Damon says.

    Having admired Bloody Sunday (2002) — a scalding account of the 1972 killing of 13 civil rights marchers by British troops in Derry — Damon supported hiring Greengrass for The Bourne Supremacy despite his relative obscurity. But the actor was uneasy about the script the producers had bought from Gilroy. To him, it never felt ready. His anxiety mounted. Finally, he phoned the director to say he was quitting the film. “And Paul,” Damon says, “who I really didn’t know that well, said: ‘OK. Do you have the script there? Turn to page one.’ And he starts telling me about the movie we’re actually going to make, not the one on paper. Just between him and me.” When I ask Damon if he would make a Bourne without Greengrass, he says “No,” before I’ve finished speaking.

  • From an interview at the Sydney Morning Herald:

    Theoretically speaking, we could be having 3 billion different versions of this 15-minute interview, across 3 billion different simulations. Or we could be not speaking at all, which would suit him fine. "Anything I say about myself can only detract from people's enjoyment of my performance," he says, politely.

    "I've always lamented that you have to go out there and you have to promote and support your movies, or else it's going to get drowned out in everything else that's coming out. But I felt from before I was famous that the less I know about an actor, the more I am going to believe them in any role.
  • 20 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Jeff Wells - Bourne

    Jeff Wells didn't like The Martian either.
    A widely acclaimed movie, both in the Award Circuit and among the audiences.

    (To be fair, Wells did like 'Manchester By The Sea'.
    BTW, both the movie and Casey are strong contenders in this year race to the Oscars)

    Returning to Bourne, I think it's inevitable that some people do not like it. The original trilogy is so perfect in many ways, it will be almost impossible to reach those standards again. Also, I think the new movie seeks to reach a younger audience. In any case, I think Matt and Paul will not disappoint the fans.

    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 21st, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Malkovich anecdote is on BBC you can see on YouTube
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 21st, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    funny video

    Matt speaks Spanish in interview to the Argentina television

    this video has blown up twitter )

    Edited at 2016-07-21 08:30 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: funny video

    He sounds hot when he speaks spanish!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2016 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: funny video

    Si, si, Hanna!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Does anyone else have a little worry about marketplace possibilities for JB? Star Trek and some smaller but important films open tomorrow. Then, next Friday, JB debuts along with some small films, and the next Friday, Suicide Squad (bound to have a giganto opening) dives into the pool. It's just too much with the Disney Pets flick et. al. Maybe there are different audiences for some of these flicks, but most of the biggies involve the action crowd. Crossing my fingers for JB! Let's all get out and support Matt!

    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 21st, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agoraphobia

    I am very worried. Besides the films of competitors, it is likely that the owners of the weapons can carry out their threats to boycott the film. And weapons in America, more than the population. There is very much anti-advertizing to the film in social networks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Agoraphobia

    If the movie doesn't do well it will have nothing to do with the gun crazies, who are the same types of people who are ALWAYS mad at Matt. The Martian did over $600m world wide despite their constant ragging on Matt. The potential problem with the movie (as I see it) are that it's being marketed as a straightforward action movie, especially by Matt himself (170 cars demolished!) and that is a BIG turnoff, even to me. Suicide Squad and Star Trek will also definitely eat into the audience.

    The audience for Bourne has traditionally skewed older and more discriminating, so reviews will play a big part in how well it does :/

    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 21st, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agoraphobia

    Actually, Irina, the irony is that the "gun crazies" will support JB--action movies are fodder for them. They may rant against Matt, but they'll sneak in to see this film. I really think market pressure is the key. And, of course you're right, Paula. The reviews will make a big difference .

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agoraphobia

    And I suspect the reviews won't be as strong as the previous films - look at the dig in the Sydney Morning Herald interview which calls it more generic than previous films. The box office will be due to the quality of the film and word of mouth, and most who have seen it seem to praise it, if not as wholeheartedly as previous films.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2016 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)

    RE: Re: Agoraphobia

    One of the interviews I read today described it is "bloated". Ouch.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 22nd, 2016 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agoraphobia

    Which was our fear all along (and these comments aren't even in reviews, but interviews which should be PR-friendly). I'm surprised they didn't tone it down, fix the apparent plot-holes and errors and keep it on a scale of the previous films, but that's not the trend.

    Jeremy Renner must be happy/smug.

    Edited at 2016-07-22 05:54 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 23rd, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agoraphobia

    Good observation Louie!
    From: fitzgerald17 Date: July 21st, 2016 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 22nd, 2016 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Matt's reaction to Alicia's words "old Jason Bourne"))
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: July 21st, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Cholula Hot Sauce appreciated Matt's endorsement on Reddit.


    Spike TV interview with Dana Jacobson (only in US):

    Dana Jacobson‏@danajacobson
    Talked to Matt Damon on camera for like 30mins, no clue how they got it down to 5! Off cam sports talk awesome too!


    Leaving restaurant in Oklahoma:

    Oklahoma red carpet:

    A report on the charity Oklahoma screening:


    Edited at 2016-07-22 04:16 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2016 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Australia's Footy show

    The Footy show is up on YouTube, so if you're in the US you can see it now. Good fun.


    From: bumengbumeng Date: July 22nd, 2016 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    United - Polaris 360-Degree Virtual Tour

    You can experience United’s posh amenities in 360-degrees before they are even built, all while Matt Damon whispers in your ears.
    From: iri_na_00 Date: July 22nd, 2016 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Good photo. Matt and Paul.

    Good words about our boy. We always knew it, but one more confirmation.

    Edited at 2016-07-22 09:04 am (UTC)
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: July 23rd, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nice photo!
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