Oscar winning screenwriter/actor Matt Damon stopped by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Dec. 10 to promote his upcoming film “Promised Land,” which he co-wrote with his good friend John Krasinski (“The Office”).
Leno immediately congratulated Damon for his recent Male Tribute Award win at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Damon remarked that the last time he’d been to this award show was 15 years prior, with “Good Will Hunting” and he was given a free suit to wear from Calvin Klein. That’s when he knew his life had changed.
It seems funny that there’s a generation who may not have even seen “Good Will Hunting” which earned Damon his screenwriting Oscar and his Best Actor nomination in 1997.
In fact, Damon’s “Good Will Hunting” co-writer and co-star Ben Affleck, who is now an A-list director with “Argo” recently did an interview in “Details” magazine October 2012 issue during which he mentioned that during the filming of “The Town” they drove by Damon’s apartment in Boston and when Affleck pointed it out, Blake Lively said: “You know Jason Bourne?”
Since “Good Will Hunting,” Matt Damon has starred and appeared in more than 40 films. Most notable include his role as Jason Bourne in the “Bourne Trilogy” films and opposite good friends George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the “Ocean’s” trilogy, as well as his stunning performances in “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Departed” and more recently, “We Bought a Zoo.”
Damon was also named “People” magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2007 and Leno asked him to tell the audience what he does to stay humble.
Damon replied that he reads the comments section at the bottom of three random online articles about himself every day. He pulled out a piece of paper and read that day’s daily three.
One of them said: “Apparently Matt still holds the title for that fat butt of his.” Another said: “Can’t believe how doughy he was in ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ Put those Twinkies down Tubby.”
Leno and the audience laughed and Damon took it all in stride, reiterating that reading these kinds of comments help him stay humble.
Leno also brought up Damon’s rather public statement about being disappointed in President Obama’s performance. Damon admitted this was true and Leno had a clip from the White House Correspondents Dinner in which President Obama addressed his comment and said, “Well Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’ So, right back at you Buddy.”
Damon followed up with, “I’m pretty sure it was him who made the fat butt comment” and then did a really impressive impersonation of President Bill Clinton.
Matt Damon currently lives with his wife Luciana and four daughters in New York, but is planning a move to LA at the end of the school year. Leno asked him why he was making the move and Damon credited it to his long-time friendship with Ben Affleck who is married to Jennifer Garner and has three children of his own.
He said, “We just decided to come back. I’m gonna be right down the street from Ben and we can keep the kids all together.”
Damon and Affleck have been friends for over 32 years, having met when Matt was 10 and Ben was 8.
Damon’s new film, “Promised Land” is about two corporate salespeople who visit a rural town to try and buy drilling rights from the local residents. The movie highlights the highly-debated “fracking” process which is resource extraction via hydraulic fracturing.
The film also stars John Krasinski and Frances McDormand and was directed by “Good Will Hunting” director, Gus Van Sant.
“Promised Land” opens in limited release on December 28, 2012 and a wider release in January 2013.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” airs weeknights on WEYI TV25 in Flint at 11:35 p.m. EST.
“Good Will Hunting” and other films starring Matt Damon are available in Flint at Best Buy. Click here for a store locator.