Matt Damon to make a directorial debut

Matt Damon

After years of searching for the right project to direct, Matt Damon has finally found one. The Oscar-winner is in negotiations to direct A Foreigner, an international conspiracy thriller based on The New Yorker article, A Murder Foretold, which chronicles the true story of a man gunned down in Guatemala and leaves behind a videotape implicating the country’s president and first lady.

The story will be adapted to the screen by Oscar-winning scribe Chris Terrio, who wrote Ben Affleck’s’ Argo.

Last year, Damon missed out on directing Promised Land, which he co wrote with John Krasinski, due to scheduling conflict with Neill Blomkamp’s movie Elysium, which was shooting in Mexico City. Gus Van Sant replaced him on Promised Land.

 

Matt Damon: Snowden did a great thing

 

 

Commenting on the CIA fugitive Edward Snowden in a TV interview I conducted for my BBC show, Alternative Cinema, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Matt Damon said that Snowden did a great thing. “If we are going to trade our civil liberties with our safety, then that is a decision we have to make collectively,” he remarked.

The full interview can be seen on BBC Arabic TV Saturday, 24th August at 7:06pm, Monday 10:10pm and Thursday 10:10pm (UK Time). It will also stream live on bbc.co.uk/arabic and will be available online to catch up on http://youtu.be/Ex0uEqexOGU after its first broadcast.

 

Matt Damon played a CIA agent in several movies, including The Bourne series and The Good Shepherd.

His new movie, Elysium, has been released this weekend in the UK.

Shocked Matt Damon: Marathon Bomber attended my high school – Exclusive

Speaking in Cancun, where he is promoting his latest movie Elysium, Boston-native Matt Damon expressed his horror and

Matt Damon: Boston Bomber went to my high school.

shock at the fact that the Boston marathon bomber, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin high School, which he and his friend Ben Affleck had graduated from 20 years ago.

“I literally found that out yesterday before I flew out down here,” Damon said solemnly. “I was in the kitchen and heard on CNN my history teacher, Larry Aaronson, who is a good friend of mine, saying that he knew the bomber very well and that he was very compassionate. So everybody is very confused. I’m sure there’s a lot we don’t know yet. Presumably, he is still alive, so presumably he is going to explain what he thinks he was doing.”

Chechnya-born Dhakhar Tsarvaev is currently recovering in hospital from the wounds he sustained during a shootout with the police, which lead to the killing of his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, and a police officer. He and his brother were caught on surveillance cameras carrying the backpack that contained the explosives.

“Marathon Monday is a really big deal, the kids don’t have to go to school and everybody goes. It’s a big community event and these guys put the bomb in the middle of this community celebration and they were part of this community. That’s what’s really just unbelievably disturbing. It’s insane,” he exclaimed incredulously.

Another Bostonian, Mark Wahlberg, who is also in Cancun, expressed his outrage at the bombing. “It’s f***ing disgusting,” he said. Damon concurred and added “It’s incredible that anybody would do that. I’m very confused by it, and it’s really upsetting on a whole number of levels, but presumably we will all get some clarification from this kid.”

The teenager is in stable condition but is still unable to communicate.