Matt Damon was at TIFF yesterday as a producer on Manchester By The Sea, written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan. Matt and Kenneth have worked together before – on a film called Margaret, critically acclaimed, but complicated behind the scenes by financial and editorial disputes. Click here for more background on the Margaret situation. Matt was initially supposed to star in Manchester but schedules got in the way. He signed on as a producer instead, and because of what happened with Margaret, he’s not f-cking around with his support. He came to Toronto to make sure his influence can be felt, to leverage his star power as much as possible to keep Manchester By The Sea in conversation. The reviews have been so good that
Manchester is expected to contend for Oscar.
So here’s Matt at the premiere last night almost an hour early to spend 20 minutes with the crowds gathered outside before heading into the theatre to talk to the press, taking questions from every outlet. Every outlet. That’s what Matt Damon’s full support looks like. Should I remind you of what Leonardo DiCaprio’s full support looks like? For a documentary about the environment that was filmed in Canada screened at Canada’s major film festival? Didn’t speak to any Canadian media. Didn’t speak to most of the media. Only gave 2 interviews. God, Lainey. It’s so tiresome, your constant hating on Leonardo DiCaprio. If Leonardo DiCaprio was a woman we would all be hating on him together. But he isn’t. So let’s continue to celebrate Leo, who gets a lifetime dick pass for once, very prettily, drowning for love in a movie.