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"I was right. HE KNEW WHERE MATT DAMON WAS."
July 18, 2013 9:35 AM   Subscribe

Erin Faulk (@erinscafe on Twitter) tells the surprisingly compelling tale of going on a quest to find Matt Damon in Morocco, just cuz. (SLStorify)
posted by dry white toast (28 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh my God... this is.... surprisingly awesome.

I feel kind of bad for the crew getting pestered by a bunch of students but at the same time the set dudes seemed to have a really great sense of humor about it, so happy ending all around I guess. The part where the American Embassy just told her where they were shooting (possibly on accident) is the best.
posted by WidgetAlley at 9:42 AM on July 18, 2013


"Well, an old man escorted us."

That may be one of the great "get out of trouble free" lines I've ever heard.
posted by graymouser at 9:48 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


My first thought was "wow, twitter is a crappy medium for telling a story" but then I realized that without the slow sentence by sentence reveal and the peanut gallery chiming in along the way and so forth this is just a quick two-paragraph anecdote that's not really all that interesting.

So, um, yay?
posted by yoink at 9:50 AM on July 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I usually kind of hate it when people spam the shit out of Twitter with some long-form thing, but a lot of them when collected turn out to be really pretty amazing.

Someone I follow (I would say "a friend", because she's generally great, but that's stretching it since I only know her from tweets) recently posted this one, which is more in the neighborhood of holy shit that's terrifying than haha funny, but well worth a read.
posted by brennen at 9:50 AM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


As someone who will soon be working at an American Embassy, let me say in advance that I would be delighted to help any of you find Matt Damon. Just show your MeFi membership card.
posted by eugenen at 9:51 AM on July 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


Twitter jail?
posted by odinsdream at 9:53 AM on July 18, 2013


yoink, I totally agree with you about Twitter, the story and the medium and felt the same way. But then I thought more about it and realized that in telling it that way it really does feel like the way somebody would tell that story in a bar with friends (or at least acquaintances) which is the only time it would be interesting. So, I do in fact think, yay.

(Like many stories told in a bar, though, this is one of those things that is funny but have easily turned into 'god look at these assholes' if the wrong step was taken...like it was just right up to that line.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:54 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Haha, I remember following this as it happened. The medium did indeed make the story.
posted by rensar at 10:00 AM on July 18, 2013


Twitter jail?

Twitter Jail

I had to duck duck go it

duck duck go?

posted by mcstayinskool at 10:09 AM on July 18, 2013


The little interjections from his Twitter friends made me feel like I was hanging out with a group of people who might have heard the story before and were pushing him to get to the punchline.

Also, I'm glad he reversed the traditional Twitter chronology, because that would have been a pain to read backward.
posted by xingcat at 10:17 AM on July 18, 2013


It's a she.
posted by dry white toast at 10:19 AM on July 18, 2013


Twitter Jail

I weep for our generation.
posted by odinsdream at 10:19 AM on July 18, 2013


I weep for our generation.

#weepin
posted by jason_steakums at 10:23 AM on July 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


Erin is a lady. She is also the director of Follow Friday a documentary about her traveling the country to meet people she follows on Twitter. We were at university together and my wife is one of the people that rode in the car with her. She's great.
posted by Uncle at 10:26 AM on July 18, 2013


Statistically the garrulous are sent to Twitter Jail at four times the rate of the laconic #YappyJusticeNow
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:29 AM on July 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


The confusion caused by the lack of dates in her Twitter thread had me concerned that Damon was shooting a sequel to the mediocre and disappointing Green Zone. No worries. It's on to Elysium!
posted by wensink at 10:31 AM on July 18, 2013


#weepin

bae caught me weepin
posted by zombieflanders at 10:36 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I would be OK if our foreign policy consisted entirely of "Any time you need to find Matt Damon in a foreign country, just head to the US Embassy. They're there to help you."
posted by zombieflanders at 10:40 AM on July 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


... just a quick two-paragraph anecdote that's not really all that interesting. So, um, yay?

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posted by Smedleyman at 11:02 AM on July 18, 2013 [9 favorites]


Mostly, I'd love to know why the ... Egyptian guy? ... thinks they don't speak Arabic in Morocco.
posted by Amanojaku at 11:23 AM on July 18, 2013


Erin is wonderful, I met her while she was doing the aforementioned Follow Friday film. She told another story last night about auditioning to be an extra on Dexter. She is hilarious and a great story teller and the Best of Twitter.
posted by misskaz at 11:34 AM on July 18, 2013


Mostly, I'd love to know why the ... Egyptian guy? ... thinks they don't speak Arabic in Morocco.

Hm. Perhaps it's like someone saying "I went to the U.S. to study English" and some Brit or Aussie or something says "maybe you should go to a country where they actually speak it".
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:41 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


(From my reading it appears that while standard or classical Arabic is the language of officialdom in Morocco, the spoken Arabic is mainly Darija, which apparently is not altogether mutually intelligible with Gulf Arabic. However, that doesn't mean it's not an excellent place to study Arabic. Quite the reverse as they're going to have excellent Arabic language programs there.)
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:47 AM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


OK, so this is just my excuse to tell my Matt Damon story. Much of the filming of The Adjustment Bureau took place in my work neighborhood in NYC, Flatiron. One fine morning I was trucking through Madison Square Park, talking to one of my daughters on the celly, on my morning commute, and I looked up to see a man dressed, kind of oddly, in a severe black suit and a white shirt and narrow black tie and a black Homburg on his head. And I look and look again, and I sez to my kid on the phone, OMG (yes, I used the initials) Matt Damon! And without even skipping a beat he whipped his head over his shoulder and said "Where!?" and then winked at me!!! I could hear my daughter shouting "Take a picture! Take a picture!" but alas, he was gone.

As I type this out, I realize he's probably used that move before, but at the time it seemed spontaneous. Very well-done. And cute.
posted by thinkpiece at 11:51 AM on July 18, 2013 [13 favorites]


What I got from this story... Beer is critical to story telling.
posted by PipRuss at 1:09 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


My first thought was "wow, twitter is a crappy medium for telling a story"

Well, mainly with Twitter stuff like this "you had to be there" is definitely a part of it, but I could never ever be there (I have an account but barely follow it). And that's why Storify exists.

Dunno if this has ever been on MeFi before, but a few years ago Matt and his brother Kyle paired up for a bike ride, the Cape Argus Tour, and Kyle wrote it up for Bicycling.
posted by dhartung at 4:49 PM on July 18, 2013


Storify takes so long to load that I can't get past page one.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:27 PM on July 18, 2013


Storify takes so long to load that I can't get past page one.

Yeah, something about Twitter embeds lately has been just crushing my browsers. The ones on Tumblr especially, but Storify's are pretty bad, too.
posted by jason_steakums at 9:13 PM on July 18, 2013


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