“I live inside my own heart, Matt Damon.”
July 18, 2016 12:07 PM   Subscribe

"The most amazing gift about Matt's physical appearance is that he can walk into the hair-and-makeup trailer looking like someone who slept directly on his face for seven hours and emerge a bona fide movie star. He has a great makeup artist." GQ rounds up friends and co-workers for an oral history of the most likable man in Hollywood, Matt Damon.
posted by The Whelk (37 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
omg that Prince quote. Rightfully placed as post title.
posted by gwint at 12:16 PM on July 18, 2016 [19 favorites]


Chris Hemsworth (friend; Norse god)

Nailed it.
posted by almostmanda at 12:25 PM on July 18, 2016 [13 favorites]


Is this a parody? I can't tell.
posted by pxe2000 at 12:26 PM on July 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


He sounds like a swell guy. At least all those super-famous people seem to think so.
posted by bondcliff at 12:34 PM on July 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Watched The Martian last night. Yes, the world would unite to celebrate the successful return of Matt Damon.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:44 PM on July 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


[[Heath Ledger's] death was] just fucking pointless. I called Terry when I found out, and he was like, “I'm sitting here in Vancouver. I'm looking out the window, and it's a beautiful sunny day, and the lights are turning red, and the lights are turning green, and cars are stopping, and cars are driving. I am surrounded by mediocrity. And he's gone.”
posted by incomple at 12:47 PM on July 18, 2016 [12 favorites]


No quote from Effie Brown, I see.
posted by AceRock at 12:53 PM on July 18, 2016 [15 favorites]


Maaaaaatt Daaaaamon

I always quote this at my wife, who finds Matt Damon quite attractive.
posted by Fleebnork at 1:00 PM on July 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


Sarah Silverman is a lucky, lucky person.
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:09 PM on July 18, 2016


"Sarah Silverman is a lucky, lucky person."

I'm starting a Silicon Valley startup. We're disrupting Matt Damon.
posted by I-baLL at 1:14 PM on July 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


If you say Matt Damon three times while staring into a mirror nothing happens to you ever again.
posted by srboisvert at 1:24 PM on July 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


No quote from Effie Brown, I see.

He did say that dumb thing! A lot of people still like him!
posted by psoas at 1:27 PM on July 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


The Effie Brown thing is a reference to an incident on Project Greenlight where a producer who is a black woman pointed out a lack of diversity among the film-making contestants and Damon said something to the effect of it not being important to have diverse film-makers as long as you have a diverse cast.

Link

Unfortunately that incident -- and his subsequent response -- kind of destroyed my affection for him.
posted by pocketfullofrye at 1:37 PM on July 18, 2016 [13 favorites]


George Clooney (co-star, ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ ‘Twelve,’ and ‘Thirteen’; director, ‘Syriana,’ ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,’ ‘The Monuments Men’): He looks swell in a Speedo.

Phrasing!
posted by Existential Dread at 1:47 PM on July 18, 2016 [8 favorites]


I'm losing affection for Matt Damon since I see him pointing a gun at me from the side of every bus I see. I know he's not responsible for marketing his new movie, but given recent events I think it's really tone-deaf to plaster him on the side of a bus wielding a gun with no context other than assumed knowledge about that film franchise. At this point I want him and his movie to fuck off and go away.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 2:05 PM on July 18, 2016 [19 favorites]


Matt Damon's CGI beard flying in during the Oscars visual-effects nominees announcements was the final nail in the coffin for me.
posted by majuju at 2:11 PM on July 18, 2016


This is ridiculous, everybody can't like Matt Damon, that's my job.

Oh, and what kind of 'Encyclopedia' doesn't include Stuck On You ??? It's got fackin' Cher in it fer chrissakes.
posted by Twang at 2:29 PM on July 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


I love MD, despite the Effie Brown imbroglio. He's consistent, faithful, loving to his kids and a generally good dude. And he makes interesting choices for his work. And I would bang him like a screen door in a windstorm if he was single.
posted by LuckyMonkey21 at 2:45 PM on July 18, 2016 [12 favorites]




under_petticoat_rule, could not agree more. For non-NYers, the ad campaign for "Jason Bourne" features a very menacing-looking Matt Damon pointing a hand gun basically out from the poster. It is fantastically tasteless.
posted by fingers_of_fire at 2:59 PM on July 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Matt Damon is the world's number one exposition-eater, so far as I can tell. There is something about expositing while casually munching on chips or popping peanuts that exudes a carefree everyman charm. Brad Pitt is, I think, a close second.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 3:15 PM on July 18, 2016 [16 favorites]


YOU
KNOW
HIS
NAME

"Hm, now there's a poster confident about their star's brand recogni-"

JASONBOURNE

"Dammit."
posted by straight at 4:00 PM on July 18, 2016


Glad all these ultra-famous, unimaginably rich people are such great buds with one another.
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:43 PM on July 18, 2016 [3 favorites]




Matt Damon is a no-go for me. I dislike his potate-face-nose..... I have no idea why. He's just another in a long, long, long line of dudes that Hollywood has tried to sell me as a "hot dude" when I could find the same or much better taking a long walk around my neighborhood - and I live in the middle of fricken no where. I mean, I would have enjoyed The Martian much better if they had cast pretty much anyone else in it.
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 6:53 PM on July 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


The same goes for Matthew McConaughey, whom I first encountered in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel. When Hollywood tried to sell him as romantic lead - I was all - run girl, run - he's crazy!! I think the current roles he has been picking suit him much better. Maybe if I saw Matt Damon in a role that "fit" (my perceptions of) him I would feel differently about him.
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 6:56 PM on July 18, 2016


Obviously, I don’t hang out with Matt Damon, nor do I know anyone who ever has hung out with Matt Damon, but he’s always seemed like a genuinely good guy to me. He’s pretty good at his job, too.

He did say that dumb thing!

I’m sure he did. And yet who among us, being the center of attention wherever we went, wouldn’t also have said at least 10 dumb things before sundown. After years and years in the public eye, he’s had the opportunity to say multiple dumb things. Maybe even to have had a wrong thought in his head. (And I’m sure there are plenty of people, who got left out of the article, who don’t like him either.)

That said, the thing I found most amusing in that article came when they asked Michael Douglas to comment about how Matt Damon is so lovable, and Douglas said, “he reminds me of me a lot.”
posted by LeLiLo at 7:02 PM on July 18, 2016 [11 favorites]


Matt Damon's mom rocks, though
posted by morganw at 7:14 PM on July 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011: "Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau,’ so right back atcha, buddy!”
posted by jasper411 at 8:23 PM on July 18, 2016 [16 favorites]


Maaat Daaamon. I don't mind him.

My friend says he looks like a thumb.
posted by Mocata at 1:45 AM on July 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Count me as another one who is no longer feeling it for Matt Damn after the Effie Brown incident. It wasn't just that he said a dumb thing, it was that he said a dumb thing, and then nobody on the creative team thought the thing he said was dumb enough to keep out of the episode, and then after the collective "WTF was that racist bullshit?" reception of the dumb episode he doubled down on insisting how not racist it was.

He's not in my 'your art is dead to me now' category like, say Marion Zimmer Bradley - I'm still getting sucked into watching some of his movies when they pop up on cable. But I skipped seeing The Martian in theaters despite everyone saying how good it looked on a big screen because I just couldn't muster up the enthusiasm for him after listening to/reading all about the stupid thing.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:20 AM on July 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


My ex-roommate did a scene with him in a movie he shot in Toronto and spent a good 10 minutes telling me how he totally wasn't her type and she would never sleep with him. Based on her usual relationship with the truth, I assume that meant he had no interest in her whatsoever.
posted by jacquilynne at 8:31 AM on July 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


"YOU
KNOW
HIS
NAME
"

David Webb?
posted by I-baLL at 8:34 AM on July 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure Likeable Man is a Bob Burden superhero.

"I'm losing affection for Matt Damon since I see him pointing a gun at me from the side of every bus I see."

I'm less surprised by Matt Damon packing heat everywhere he goes than his need to take public transportation while doing it much less stalking y...

oooh, I see.
posted by Smedleyman at 8:39 AM on July 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


His mom was my post-graduate advisor. Wonderful woman.





...the answer is no.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 9:06 AM on July 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


...the answer is no.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes


I'm not sure I believe you.
posted by briank at 10:27 AM on July 19, 2016 [4 favorites]


I like Matt Damon and I like his work. Let's get that out of the way. I also think he may actually be a world class practitioner of machiavellianism. Nice people seemingly aren't as nice as Matt Damon. Good people seemingly aren't as good as Matt Damon. If you're a consequentialist none of this matters of course because the end result is a really good guy. The mechanism for this goodness is very calculated though (imho). The incentives are there of course; be the nicest funniest charmingest guy in Hollywood and the world is your oyster. If you're not a consequentialist and there is merit to my views, then Matt Damon is a very strong argument for becoming a consequentialist.
posted by forgettable at 11:43 AM on July 19, 2016


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