Matt Damon, dad

Lainey Posted by Lainey at December 9, 2011 18:16:02 December 9, 2011 18:16:02
Matt Damon is Freebie Five for many of you and for a long, long time. One of my best friends, Fiona, who is sitting beside me as I write this, has loved Matt Damon forever. I like Matt too. Have always had good feelings for him, especially after observing him working in support of OnexOne. By all accounts, heΓÇÖs a really, really, really good guy. And heΓÇÖs only getting better. Which is to say IΓÇÖm more a fan of him now than I was 10 years ago, but that only became obvious to me when I saw Contagion.

Contagion is not a showcase for great acting. IΓÇÖm not saying the acting is sh-t, IΓÇÖm just saying itΓÇÖs not exactly a character-driven feature. But there is something about the way Matt Damon plays the brave lonely dad - the quiet fury and the restraint too - that is so appealing and so endearing, but also still so believable, even though you think he might be like that in real life anyway...which, interestingly, is the difference between Matt Damon and George Clooney. IΓÇÖm not distracted by Matt DamonΓÇÖs Matt Damon-ness when IΓÇÖm watching a Matt Damon movie. At the same time, while IΓÇÖm watching a Matt Damon movie, my affection for Matt Damon doesnΓÇÖt get in the way of my enjoyment of the Matt Damon movie. He is underappreciated for this, I think. But that is his style. ItΓÇÖs why he said recently in an interview that even when heΓÇÖs in great shape and totally cut, he still wonΓÇÖt allow himself to be filmed without his shirt off. Because thatΓÇÖs never been who he is. LetΓÇÖs come back this in a minute.

Matt is currently making the press rounds promoting We Bought A Zoo. Reviews have been mixed so far but the main criticism of Zoo seems to be that itΓÇÖs too sappy. Well, you know, what else can we expect from Cameron Crowe? And itΓÇÖs the holidays. And have you read Drew McWeenyΓÇÖs take on it? Because, like, exactly. I feel like I might a Drew on this one. And IΓÇÖm ordinarily never the Drew. Click here for his review.

And below...

Matt visited Letterman this week.

Guess who came along?

Someone who takes his shirt off.

HereΓÇÖs your lunch hour viewing. ItΓÇÖs a great interview. He almost always gives a good interview.


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