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EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hard not to envy him!' Matt Damon opens up about his 'annoyingly talented' friend George Clooney

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EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hard not to envy him!' Matt Damon opens up about his 'annoyingly talented' friend George Clooney

Post by Nicky80 on Tue Sep 02 2014, 21:12

EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hard not to envy him!' Matt Damon opens up about his 'annoyingly talented' friend George Clooney


hey've been close friends for years but Matt Damon has admitted he can't help being envious of George Clooney. 
The 53-year-old actor directed his buddy in World War II drama The Monuments Men last year and while Matt, 43, loved working with George, he revealed Clooney's ability to do everything easily can be annoying. 
Matt - who is expected to be a guest at George's upcoming wedding to Amal Alamuddin - exclusively told MailOnline: 'He's annoyingly talented, speaking as his friend.  It's hard not to envy the guy.'



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Envious: Matt Damon admitted he is sometimes envious of his pal George Clooney (both pictured at the Berlin premiere of the Monuments Men in February) 


Referring to The Monuments Men movie, he added:  'George wore four hats on this one.  He co-wrote the script with Grant Heslov.  He produced the movie with Grant.  He starred in the movie, and he directed it.  And he came in under budget and ahead of schedule.  
'It was bliss.  It was sheer bliss for the cast.  We sat on the set and looked at each other, and kept saying "smell the roses"'. 
Matt also revealed he loved working on the movie - which also stars Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett - because George was so well prepared. 


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Close: The duo - pictured in Italy in February - are so close that Matt is expected to be one of the select few guests at George's upcoming wedding to Amal Alamuddin 


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Close pals on and off screen: Matt loved working with his good friend George on The Monuments Men because the older man was so well prepared 


He said: 'We were telling a story we loved.  We were working for a director who was unbelievably well prepared. He was shooting us out in eight, ten hour days, which just doesn't happen in the movie business.  But it did on this one.' 
Matt plays a member of an unlikely World War II platoon who are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners in the flick. 
And he was honoured to portray a real life curator who took part in the mission. 


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True life tale: George directed and starred in The Monuments Men, which tells the story of a group of curators who are tasked with rescuing art masterpieces from Nazi thieves 


Matt added to MailOnline: 'I play a curator at the Met [Metropolitan Museum of Art]. It's a true story of these guys who had very comfortable lives. They were curators. They were professors. And they were older guys.  

'They were middle aged, well past their soldiering prime, who enlist and go overseas towards the end of World War II, in order to protect and preserve, and rescue as much of the artwork that’s been looted or stolen or is in danger of being shelled by the allied forces.  
'They go to protect as much of it as they can.  It's a great story that I hadn’t heard before. 

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High jinks: Although the movie covers a serious issue, it has strong comedic moments too 


'I play this guy who's a curator at the Met, based on a real guy.  We've changed the names in the film but the real guy James Rorimer, really did this, went overseas and was part of this Monuments Men group that rescued over five million pieces of art.'
He added: 'This story was so uplifting.  George said they wanted to make a movie that wasn't cynical.  You know, he and Grant, have made a number of wonderful movies, but there is kind of a streak of cynicism in them.  And they set out to make one that wasn't cynical. 
'So, reading the script, it was such a kind of a loving account of these guys, I never felt like I was in danger of hurting anyone, besmirching anybody's reputation.'


The Monuments Men is available on Blu-ray & DVD September 3. 


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Co-star: Matt stars with blonde beauty Cate Blanchett in the movie, along with Bill Murray and Hugh Bonneville 


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Re: EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hard not to envy him!' Matt Damon opens up about his 'annoyingly talented' friend George Clooney

Post by party animal - not! on Tue Sep 02 2014, 22:42

Why this article now?? Looks like something from the Monuments Men junkets.......

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Re: EXCLUSIVE: 'It's hard not to envy him!' Matt Damon opens up about his 'annoyingly talented' friend George Clooney

Post by melbert on Wed Sep 03 2014, 01:42

Two reasons:  1.  None of the other articles about George and Amal are glowing of George.
                     2.  The Monuments Men is available on Blu-ray & DVD September 3.


However, it must be the re-release for awards season, cuz' I've had mine for ages!

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