Matt Damon is going through his golden period right now,
but he knows it wont last
By Chris Betros
Matt Damon never forgets how lucky he is to be at the top
of his game right now. Acting is nearly an impossible
career to maintain throughout ones life, said
the star, who can currently be seen in The Bourne Supremacy
and Oceans Twelve. There is a lot of ebb and flow
in this business and I know that one day it will be over,
so part of me never wants to stop. I love my job. It actually
doesnt feel like work. Whenever I have free time, I
just want to make another movie.
Damon, 34, speaks slowly, sometimes inaudibly, but always
politely. He looks in terrific shape, the legacy of The Bourne
Supremacy, the sequel to the hit 2002 film The Bourne Identity.
The reason I did the sequel was that it dealt with the
theme of redemption over revenge, which you dont see
in many Hollywood action movies these days, he said.
Filming was done on location in Berlin, Moscow and Goa, Indiaall
of which Damon calls an incredible fringe benefit of
making movies. To get into shape, he trained for six
months to become proficient at boxing and continues with the
sport whenever he is in L.A. He jogs regularly with his older
brother who is a marathon runner. For hand-to-hand combat,
Damon learned kali, a form of martial arts unique to the Philippines,
and some weapons training. How much of his lethal skills does
he retain? I know enough just to get beat up,
Damon went straight from The Bourne Supremacy to Oceans
Twelve without even looking at the script. Hanging out
with those guys was a lot of fun, he said of his Oceans
co-stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., Damon made his debut in Mystic Pizza
in 1988. He has been a consistent hit in Hollywood with films
such as Courage Under Fire, The Rainmaker, Good Will Hunting,
Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Legend of
Bagger Vance and Oceans Eleven.
Damon has been kept so busy in film after film that he hasnt
had the chance yet to do what he really wants to dowrite
another movie with best friend Ben Affleck. It was their collaboration
in 1997 that led to Good Will Hunting, which not only won
them an Academy Award, but gave both of their careers a boost.
We wrote that just to get work because nobody would
hire us as actors, Damon said. We want to collaborate
again, but it is difficult logistically because we are never
in the same place for very long.
Sweet Daruma Book Launch
Fujimamas hosts a party for Janice Youngs satirical
from top left: a sleepy Simon LeBon gets out of bed in
London to make a live appearance by webcam with Nick Wood,
co-founder of Syn Entertainment; partygoers give the Duran
Duran front man a warm welcome; Brazilian singer Silvio,
who covered Duran Durans Save a Prayer;
New pop combo Oui Oui, featuring ex-Pizzicato 5 singers
Maki and Reiko; Oui Ouis DJ mixmasters; Hilton Tokyo
Bay Director Simon Hasdell; DJ Captain Funk keeps the
party going late into the evening
Bagging some famous friends
Kazumasa Terada seems to be constantly surrounded
by womenwhether its his staff at luxury bag maker
Samantha Thavasa Japan, or hanging out with the likes of the
Hilton sisters, Beyonce Knowles and Victoria Beckham, who
endorse Samantha Thavasa brands. The 38-year-old Terada, who
lives in a hotel, is an energetic character who is having
a ball with his life and business. If you ever drop by Teradas
company in Aoyama, dont forget to check out the pinball
machine in his spacious office.
How did you get involved in this business?
I was in Hamilton, Canada, in the early 1990s. I was an agent
for some fashion brands, exporting leather jackets to Japan.
One time I brought my mother back a handbag as a souvenir
and she loved it. That gave me the idea to come out with a
new line of handbags in different colors.
How many stores do you have now?
We have 75 and were aiming to open another 25 this year.
What about overseas?
We have a showroom in New York and will open a store there
this year. Asia has potential, but I want to build up the
business in the US and Europe first.
How did you get those celebrities to endorse your products?
I approached them directly. First, we sent the product and
they liked it, so we made a deal. Its not just a financial
thing. The most important thing is that they like our product.
Its a good investment because it heightens our image.
Whats a typical day for you?
I show up after 9am. I am a late night person, so sometimes
Ill come back to the office after a business dinner
and stay here until 2 or 3 in the morning.
Hows your English?
I dont use it much anymore. Ten years ago, I could watch
a movie without looking at the subtitles, but not now.
What about when you are with the Hilton sisters, Beyonce and
Well, thats different. CB
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