At various intervals the stars gave autographs to those who waited outside and on Thursday, Aug. 18, 12-year-old David Lawrence fearlessly walked over to Matt Damon to ask for an autograph. Damon asked whether Lawrence was a Mets or Yankees fan. When Lawrence replied that he favored the Yankees, Damon posed the question, "So what would you do if I gave you a Boston Red Sox hat?" Lawrence, who didn't realize Damon's loyality lies with the Sox, replied, "Burn it." Damon laughed. "He was actually really nice," Lawrence said. The next day, Damon remembered his young friend, saying, "David, what's up?" when he saw him.
Can you talk about your experience working with Scorsese?
Damon: Yeah, it was great. It was great. I finished Friday night. It was everything that I hoped it could be working with him. He's an amazing, amazing director. He loves actors. I was pinching myself. I mean, this kind of run of work for me between guys like Terry Gilliam and Scorsese and I'm going to work with DeNiro next week, it's just like, that's it, if I screw this up...
You got to work with another Bostonian, Mark Wahlberg.
Damon: That was great because he and I obviously can fall into the whole accent and the whole world a little easier. Leo (DiCaprio) had to work really hard at it. And he did. He did a great job and Jack [Nicholson] also. But for me and Mark, it was easy.
Matt, how was it working on Syriana?
Damon: Great. That's coming out. I think that they feel really good about it because they're bringing it out in December. The way I describe it is that it's like Traffic, because (Stephen) Gaghan wrote it and he wrote Traffic. It's four storylines converging around one topic and it's oil instead of drugs. I think that it's a really complex movie because Gaghan researched it for a really long time and so I think that the three out of the four storylines are very clear. The last one they just did some slight like, I think, probably two pages of re-shoots just to clear up a couple of points in the most complicated storyline and then it's ready to go.
What’s the status of the next Jason Bourne film?
Damon: Well, if we make it, it'll be way off in another year at least. So it wouldn't come out until the summer of…'07? But yeah, Tony Gilroy said he's got a great idea for it so that's always a good sign.
Q: Matt, right now you're working with Martin Scorsese. What is that like?
Damon: The feeling is the same as when I got to work with Terry. It's amazing, though, because [Scorsese's] sets are like a church. The quietest I've ever been on, you can't even imagine. It doesn't even feel like being on a movie set. Everyone's really focused. And you know, everyone's really happy to be working with him. It's a pretty reverential kind of atmosphere.
And here's yet another self-effacing, ego-free performance from Matt Damon. Quietly stealing the movie with his bluster and mutton chops, he tones everything down just enough to let Heath Ledger run wild with all the barmy, bespectacled rococo flourishes. Damon naturalistically eases into the absurd surroundings until he can eventually hog massive common-sense laughs from lines like: "That armor isn't magic! It's just shiny!"