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Matt Damon had to Turn Down 'Avatar'

February 14th, 2011 10:32pm EST
Matt Damon
A scheduling conflict forced Matt Damon to turn down the chance to be part of the most successful film ever made - he said no to Avatar.

The actor admits he was in talks with director James Cameron to take the lead in the 2009 sci-fi epic but there wasn't enough time for him to take on the project in between The Bourne Ultimatum and The Green Zone.

He reveals, "I talked to Cameron and I read the script and I knew the movie was gonna be a big hit. I really wanted to do Avatar and work with Jim Cameron and watch him direct and learn a lot.

"But we were finishing The Bourne Ultimatum and I ...
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Celebs Who Gained Weight For Movie Roles

December 7th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Matt Damon The Informant
Last week we listed some celebrities that lost weight for their movie roles. Now, let's take a look at the other side of the spectrum - stars that risked their figures for movie roles by packing on pounds.

Michelle Williams convinced the director of Blue Valentine that her character should weight more. She put on 15 pounds when she played the part. Her co-star Ryan Gosling gained 14.

Remember Matt Damon when he was fat? The heartthrob put 30 pounds of weight on his frame to play a doughy office worker in The Informant! He then shed it all as quickly as possible for fitter roles in Invic...
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Matt Damon Relied On Soldier Co-Stars In 'Green Zone'

March 10th, 2010 11:30am EST
Green Zone
Matt Damon was grateful when actual U.S. soldiers were cast alongside him in Green Zone - because they were able to share their own war experiences to ensure his portrayal was authentic.

The actor plays an army officer searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the new thriller, which features dozens of real military members. Damon admits it was a challenge to play their leader, but was relieved to have their input.

He tells Britain's Live From Studio Five, "A big part of the role for me was getting comfortable enough to give these guys orders because I did not feel that I was...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Remember Me,' 'Green Zone' & More

March 8th, 2010 11:51am EST
Remember Me - Robert Pattinson
As I sit here preparing this column, the Oscars have not aired yet, but I must admit there’s not a high likelihood that I will be watching them when they come on. Most years I’ll watch a few minutes here or there, if I’m interested to see who wins an award in real time.

The ceremony is drawn out and boring in my opinion, and requires sitting through too many commercials to warrant watching from start to finish. I care about the winners of various awards, just not enough to suffer through the tedium. I’m sure I’ll have some feedback for next week’s column though on the winners and loser...
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