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Cameo role in new Coppola film
  • Matt will be appearing in an unbilled cameo role as a journalist in the new film by Francis Ford Coppola titled Youth Without Youth, which was filmed in Romania between October 2005 and March 2006. The film's official site is here and IMDB site here.

    He likely filmed the role straight after The Good Shepherd, with Romanian reports of Matt's appearance in the film circulating in early February.

    First confirmed details were from the Daily Mail on 19 May in an article about actor Tim Roth:

    Still, he could be back in Cannes next year - not as a juror, but in Francis Ford Coppola's new film. It is Coppola's first picture in several years, an experimental drama called Youth Without Youth, based on a novella by Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade.

    The movie, about an elderly professor whose body is rejuvenated when he's struck by lightning, was shot in Romania and also features Bruno Ganz, plus an unbilled cameo by Matt Damon.

    Coppola spent two million bucks of his own money to make it. "We shot with a small crew, but I have to keep schtum about everything else," said Tim.

    Other sources have been a bit more forthcoming, though. I've heard that Roth's central character finds himself a fugitive, and also that the film spans from the late 19th century to the Sixties and is nowhere near the scale of the director's landmark Godfather films.

    And that makes four films that Matt will appear in at the end of year (if indeed all are released, as scheduled, in 2006), with all four likely Oscar contenders: The Good Shepherd, The Departed, Margaret and Youth Without Youth. A nice bit of continuity, too, with Matt the star of Coppola's previous film, The Rainmaker (echoes of Good Will Hunting/Finding Forrester for Van Sant).

  • There appears to be a longer version of the interview with Matt in the latest edition of People magazine (May 29 issue). If anyone has scans could you please send them to me? Thanks.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 23rd, 2006 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)

    Big Thanks

    I Just wanted to say thank you for running such a fabulous website. I've looked at many celebrity sites and this is by far the best. Always lots of interesting information, but I like the fact that you respect his privacy and that of his family.

    Is there any possibility of making the icons you made available on the site, would that be possible?

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 23rd, 2006 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Big Thanks

    Thanks for your comments.

    Just take the icons if you can, or if you need me to do something let me know.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 23rd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    Quick note: I'm away til late Friday so if anybody finds any news or photos, could upi please post the links or URLs in the comments section? Much appreciated.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 24th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
    does anyone know where i can watch a video clip of matt on saturday night live online?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
    It may be on youtube or a similar site, but they aren't easily located on a fansite. Always look for the repeats on E! or other cable channels, and try SNL fansites.

    Matt's appeared twice - as a cameo in a Gwyneth Paltrow episode and as a host in 2004.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 24th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)


    Hey there,

    Thanks for maintaining this great site. Have been searching around for a good source of info on Matt Damon. There isn't much news on Matt where I live. Thanks again!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 25th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It's in the press today that The Good Shepherd will show at the Venice Film Festival. Nothing on the official site.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 26th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Venice

    No, an article at the Hollywood Reporter stated that The Good Shepherd may be included in the Venice list (in contention to premiere at the festival). It's really unlikely this will happen as it probably won't be finished in time.


    Other strong U.S. contenders include "The Wicker Man," starring Cage, and Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi drama "The Fountain," featuring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz; the adaptation of James Ellroy's crime classic "The Black Dahlia," directed by Brian De Palma; and "The Good Shepherd," directed by Robert De Niro, who also stars alongside Matt Damon, Joe Pesci, Angelina Jolie and Alec Baldwin.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 26th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Here is an interview with julia stiles talking about the bourne ultimatum :)
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