Matt Damon Just Might Be the Nicest, Most Normal Guy in Hollywood
Here’s what a good guy Matt Damon is: In his upcoming role as the lover of eccentric pianist Liberace, he was more concerned about creating a believable relationship that presents homosexuality in a positive light than he was about having to swap spit with co-star Michael Douglas.
In the HBO movie ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ due next year, Damon plays Liberace’s much-younger lover Scott Thorson, and it was a role that required him to step more than a little outside his comfort zone.
“Normally I’d say no to nudity, but I just did a lot of it [for this]. I mean, it’s tastefully done,” he said. “But this movie’s not going to be for everyone.”
“These two men were deeply in love and in a real relationship — a marriage long before there was gay marriage,” Damon continued. “That’s not an insignificant thing. The script is beautiful and relatable.”
He had to smooch Douglas (who plays Liberace) a lot, but he joked that Douglas is “a wonderful kisser” and said they handled their racy on-screen interludes pretty strategically: “For one scene, I had to come out of the pool, go over to [him], straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him … We drew it up like a football plan.”
Here’s more random goodness from the interview:
On his image: “The narrative about me kind of goes, ‘He’s a boring married guy’ … That’s been great for me because people think I’m kind of vanilla and they leave me alone to work, have an actual private life and be a husband and dad … The perception seems to be that I’m boring enough not to pay attention to but not so boring that I stop working.”
On aging: “I remember having dinner with Tommy Lee Jones 20 years ago. I was looking at his face and thinking, s—, I can’t wait to have lines like that. A guy like that can just sit there and be so expressive. I mean he’s also one of the best actors ever, but I remember being in a hurry to get some of those lines.”
On his family: “[My wife and daughters] can definitely bring me to my knees … My wife gives me s— because it’s harder for me to discipline my girls, probably because they’re girls. With boys, I could relate more and it would probably be easier. Growing up, girls are so mysterious to us. Even as a grown man, they remain mysterious.”
On Tom Cruise: “Seeing Tom Cruise running down the side of that building was the most incredible thing. I went, ‘Okay, you win. You are the greatest of all time.’ He didn’t just appear to do it for the movie; he actually did that. I, literally, could never do that.”
On what he autographs most: “Pictures of the puppet of me from ‘Team America: World Police.’ I always write ‘Maaaat Damon,’ like they say it in the movie.”
On Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair at the RNC: “I heard the backlash, but I never saw the whole thing because I just didn’t want to see my friend … you know… [it] was an unrehearsed bit he decided to do at the last minute. You can’t go onstage and do 12 minutes of stand-up completely unrehearsed. But I agree with what Bill Maher said — Clint killed at the convention for 12 minutes, and the audience loved him.”