Down to earth star Matt Damon tells us how, despite the fame, adulation and glamour of Tinseltown, his family is still the most important thing in his life.
Matt Damon in facts and figures
He dropped out of Harvard to pursue his acting career – while he was there he had written the screenplay for Good Will Hunting with his friend Ben Affleck. With a modest budget of only $10m it went on to make $225m and earned Damon and Affleck an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
He takes his acting very seriously – he learnt to play piano for the talented Mr Ripley, became a bartender to perfect his Southern accent for The Rainmaker – he then hired one of his customers to work as his voice coach, he has lost and gained huge amounts of weight for many of his roles including Courage Under Fire, The Talented Mr Ripley, Stuck On You and The Bourne Supremacy.
Has turned down roles including Kid (eventually played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Quick and the Dead, Peter Appleton (eventually played by Jim Carrey) in The Majestic and Harvey Dent (eventually played by Aaron Eckhart) in The Dark Knight.
In his spare time he enjoys playing poker and has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events. He lost $25,000 at the WSOP while researching his role as a professional poker player for the film Rounders (1998).
He is heavily involved in humanitarian work both in the US and around the world. He also donates his fees from his voiceover work to charity.
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