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New photos, Syriana interviews
  • New photos of Matt and Lucy leaving their apartment in New York on Saturday are from Getty. Thanks to Maureen.

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  • An excerpt from an interview with Syriana director Stephen Gaghan at Access Atlanta:

    Q: I've read that there was some decision made that George Clooney would not be entered in the best actor Oscar race for "Syriana" but would try to compete for best supporting actor.

    A: I don't know anything about that. It's an ensemble film. What is so great about his performance is that he blends in with everybody else. No one is greater than the other. Matt Damon and George Clooney, believe me, within the power structure of Hollywood, could take the movie. They could demand more scenes, force less scenes on other people. But they were really generous and didn't do that. They worked to make the ensemble work. I think they deserve a lot of credit for leaving $20 million in pay on the table so that the movie could get made.

  • From an interview with Barry Koltnow of the Orange County Register, found at the Chicago Tribune:

    Matt Damon has plans for the evening, and he's dreading it.

    He has to attend the glitzy New York premiere of director Stephen Gaghan's political thriller "Syriana," in which Damon plays an energy analyst caught up in Middle East intrigue. Sounds like an exciting evening, but Damon is not a red-carpet kind of guy.

    Since winning an Oscar in 1998 for co-writing (with Ben Affleck) the screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," he has pretty much shunned the bright lights and tabloid headlines for a low-key acting career that has had its share of ups ("Saving Private Ryan," "Oceans 11" and the "Bourne" films) and downs ("The Brothers Grimm" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance").

    His career is up right now with this weekend's release of "Syriana," and three more prestige projects in the works -- "The Good Shepherd," directed by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant."

    One of the most well-liked actors in Hollywood, Damon's personal life also is heading in the right direction. He's bought a new home, is engaged to a woman with a 7-year-old daughter and has quit smoking.

    Q. How long did it take you to figure out what "Syriana" meant?
    A Pretty quickly because I asked.

    Q. Why don't you enlighten me?
    A. It's the name think tanks have come up with for the dream state you'd have with a unified Middle East.

    Q. You're working with Scorsese and De Niro. That's some pretty heavy company you're keeping these days.
    A. You're telling me. If I mess this up, I'm done.

    Q. Why are you working so much?
    A. These are things I can't say no to. It's as simple as that.

  • Update: With thanks to BlueKermit, here's a high quality photo of Matt leaving his apartment Friday (accompanied by his driver for The Good Shepherd Bernie) to be met by the waiting media.

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  • 10 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Can't see her ring!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 11th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
    I know! There's eight photos at Getty and you can't see it on any of them.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    Actually, upon closer inspection, you can see it in the 2nd pic, but just not very clearly.
    northmi_garu From: northmi_garu Date: December 11th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Yes, why is she covering her hands with her coat? I know it's cold now, but wouldn't she just wear gloves? Everyone already knows they're married.
    sasz From: sasz Date: December 11th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Aww they are so cute together!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 11th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I saw it last night and I was extremely disappointed in it. I dont' see how any of the actors in this film could even think to get an Oscar nomination out their preformances. No one had a character development in their roles so it's hard to care about them. Yeah, everyone did a good job "acting", but so did the extras. Totally not worth the hype and I'm not even sure if Matt's part was necessary inthis film since we didn't learn much from him.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 12th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "Syriana"

    I thought it was just me and that I didn't get it. I never bought into it and I really tried. As you said, good acting. That's about it. The person I was with said he enjoyed it. "It is on one of those movies you have to see twice" was his response. I think he feels the same way we do and is afraid to say it :)

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 14th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: "Syriana"

    Really? I disagree, I loved it. I wouldn't be surprised if Clooney got a nomination, he did really well. Sadly, Matt didn't have enouogh screen time (but my fingers are still crossed). It is complicated, but it has a very important message. Also, Damon's part was necessary, read up on the film a bit. It'll help.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 13th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Is it just me or does she look somewhat pregnant?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 14th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    Look through the previous news updates. She's allegedly three months pregnant but this has not been confirmed by Matt's publicist.
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