Appropriately enough, brotherhood was the theme of "The Brothers Grimm" premiere on Monday night. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck acted like long-lost siblings at the after-party, hugging and thumping each other's backs. And then, of course, there are the Brothers Weinstein, who made it possible to complete the film, according to producer Charles Roven.
"We were cast and budget-approved by MGM, but when they went on the sales block, they didn’t want to invest in a movie this expensive," Roven explained. "We had to find a partner, and it was Bob who read the script and stepped up."
No wonder Weinstein, Roven and the film’s director, Terry Gilliam, were three happy peas in a pod throughout the evening. Others at the bash included moms-to-be Michelle Williams, with boyfriend and "Grimm" co-star Heath Ledger, and Jennifer Garner, who slipped through the back door of the Directors Guild theater with Affleck.
But Gilliam still had box-office concerns on his mind. "We really need to get the word out because there’s no money to support this movie," he said. "It’s all tied up in the Disney and Miramax legal thing."
Damon, at least, is doing his part: "I just did Leno, and I’ll be doing more shows in New York. After that, I’ll probably just show up at people’s houses, maybe go door-to-door, cook everyone dinner, whatever I can do to get people’s attention."
Miramax's "The Brothers Grimm" preem Monday provided far more grin than grim.
Giddy fans got to check out topliners Matt Damon and Heath Ledger on the carpet, while inside the Directors Guild of America Theater, helmer Terry Gilliam set the tone with his self-deprecating humor. "I hope you can stay awake for the next couple hours," he told the aud.
Ledger said he and Damon bonded through the creative process, which began prior to lensing thanks to Gilliam's order that the lads spend time together off the set.
Damon and Ledger agreed that Gilliam is always specific about what he wants. And sometimes, the director just wants to have fun, like the time he threw ravens at Ledger, who was trying to keep his balance on a rooftop.
In the first week of shooting Matt Damon had a big nose?
Actually we never got to shooting it. We did tests on it and that was blocked at more than the eleventh hour - the twelfth hour. So we didn't shoot on it. BUT that nose on Matt just transformed him. And it made him really just a better character. It was fantastic, it really worked. It was good for his character, it was good for him as an actor, like Dumbo and his feather, but that didn't happen.
There was this rumour that Miramax sent someone to stand in front of the camera to prevent any shooting of Matt and his nose.
No, that's more interesting than what happened. No, it was "Put the nose on him, and we close the film down." It's as simple as that. And that was the night before the first day of shooting. Good timing.
If he has his way, all-American boy Matt Damon will portray all-American hero Lance Armstrong on the big screen. "I really just loved his first book, 'It's Not About the Bike.' And the story was so incredible," the actor insisted. "Everybody knows about him winning and winning and winning these Tour de Frances, which is incredible to have done what he's done, but the story of what he really went through, the in-depth story, I just thought was kind of amazing." Armstrong and Damon have been friends for several years, and the biker has expressed a desire to see Damon pedaling away in a yellow jersey. "We've been talking about it," Damon confirmed, "but there's nothing [yet]; it would need a great script and a great director — it would need a lot. I would only do it if it could be great. ... [Armstrong's] feeling is there's no real reason to make his story, necessarily, unless it can be great. ... He's already made his story, you know what I mean? So if we can prove to him that there was a great movie in there, then I bet he'd do it."
Matt Damon walking to the set of The Good Shepherd in New York City. Matt was wearing his hat when he entered the makeup trailer. When he left the trailer he told us they added little hair extensions in his hair to give him longer hair for his character in the movie.