Thursday, August 09, 2007

A Good Sport

For Hollywood studios looking to make the best return on their investments Matt Damon is the go-to guy. According to a survey in Forbes magazine he delivers the highest box-office returns for his salary, bringing home $29 for every buck, he’s more than twice the value of either Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks or Will Smith.

It turns out that as well as being money in the bank, Damon is also good for a laugh. At the end of the late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live, talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel got into the habit of saying “Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time,” suggesting the actor had been bumped from the show due to time constraints, and the phrase stuck.

Damon played along, insofar as appearing on the show in September of last year, flipping out when the inevitable happened. A couple of months back they perpetuated the ongoing gag when Guillermo, a parking lot security guard who does a segment on the chat show called Guillermo's Hollywood Roundup, reported from the Ocean's Thirteen premiere.

Last week, on the eve of the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Kimmel upped the ante. Enjoy.


At 9:37 am, Blogger Riddley Walker said...

You gotta love a US actor who can do that with the degree of straight-facedness that it requires and not go off into Saturday Night Live-style mugging, furiously winking at the camera to prove that it’s all a joke.

Huge kudos to “The Damon” for being such a sport.

At 9:13 pm, Blogger Valentine Suicide said...

Brilliant. Respect to Mr Damon.

I hope the new Bourne film is good. They are the only decent Hollywood blockbuster franchise left..

At 9:44 pm, Blogger Clair said...

Damo's the new Clooney when it comes to PR and charm, isn't he? I once moaned to a theatre critic friend that so many actors are dull and tedious when they're doing press, and he pointed out that they're actors - they get paid to be somebody else, not be brilliant at being themselves. So when they are all luvlee, it's fab.

At 9:55 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Maybe Mr Damon learnt from Mr Clooney. In the Ocean's Thirteen premiere footage, Guillermo gets Clooney to kiss his mother and him. They're the ones who realise they're in a pretty priviliged position and act accordingly.

The great thing about the actual appearance on Kimmel's show are the comments underneath. A lot of the people watching found it shocking, thinking it was really for real. Ah, you gotta love them.

And VS, yeah, I'm really looking forward to The Bourne Ultimatum. The first two were great little thrillers.

At 12:53 am, Blogger wcdixon said...

Ultimate Bourne is excellent


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