Christian Bale: ‘Matt Damon would make a really good director’

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car …

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.

In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car to beat Ferrari’s at the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race.

In an interview with Yahoo to promote the home entertainment release of the movie, also known as Le Mans ’66, Bale described his co-star as a “multi-talented” actor and praised his knowledge of filmmaking.

“Matt is a great actor. And he’s also got such a great understanding of the cameras, the lenses. He has a totally different approach to me. Probably a more comprehensive and intelligent approach. I think he’ll make a really good director at some point,” the 46-year-old said.

Despite the duo having different approaches to how they play their roles onscreen, Bale is full of respect for his fellow actor and acknowledged that their work ethic was similar to their Ford v Ferrari characters.

“Our approach to acting is sort of similar to the differences between our characters as well. Shelby is one hell of a racer, but is more strategic and understanding of the bigger picture, versus Miles, who’s just sort of doing his thing and often burning bridges and creating scorched earth because that’s the only way he knows how to do it,” the Batman Begins star explained. “This acting thing is the only thing I know how to do, though many would argue that point, whereas Matt is multi-talented.”

Damon has served as a producer on numerous movies and shares a Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for writing 1997 drama Good Will Hunting.

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Ryan Gosling to produce and star in Project Hail Mary

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in neg…

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.

The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in negotiations to seal the film rights to the project, which Gosling will both star in and produce, according to editors at Deadline.

Project Hail Mary follows the tale of a solitary astronaut on a space ship who is assigned a mission to save Earth.

Gosling, 39, will produce Project Hail Mary alongside Ken Kao, who previously served as executive producer on Best Picture nominee The Favourite.

Weir’s first novel, which was self-published in 2011, was The Martian, which told the tale of an American astronaut stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035. It was adapted into a critically-acclaimed blockbuster by Ridley Scott in 2015 and starred Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels. The Martian went on to land seven Academy Award nominations and grossed more than $630 million (£510 million) worldwide.

Two-time Oscar nominee Gosling last appeared on the big screen in 2018, portraying Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama First Man. The movie, which also starred Claire Foy, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler, documented the years leading up to the astronaut’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969 with Buzz Aldrin.

Weir’s second novel, Artemis, was published in 2017, and Fox News Regency bought the rights, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. The story follows a woman named Jazz, who feels constrained by her small town of Artemis, which is a city located on the moon.

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The Batman shut down for two weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Krav…

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, and Jeremy Irons.

According to editors at Deadline, production on the superhero blockbuster was originally being moved from London to Liverpool amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but movie bosses later decided to pull the plug on filming for two weeks.

“The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays James Gordon in the DC Comics film, took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Gotham, out. Back at the earliest. Keep safe until,” he wrote, alongside an article from Variety about the shutdown of production.

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,500 people have died.

Another Warner Bros. feature also having filming suspended is the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The fantasy drama, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, was due to begin production next week in London, but is now on hiatus, while sports biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith as Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard, is also temporarily ceasing filming.

In addition, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s upcoming historical drama The Last Duel has been put on “indefinite hiatus” days before shooting was due to begin in Ireland.

The country is on lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, with schools, colleges and universities closed, and public gatherings banned.

The Ridley Scott-directed movie, also starring Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, has been filming in France, and it’s not yet known when production will recommence.

Sony’s comedy The Man from Toronto, featuring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, and Sylvester Stallone’s superhero thriller Samaritan have also been put on hold.

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Contagion writer not surprised by coronavirus pandemic

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, …

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.

The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, and almost 5,000 have died.

Burns shared his thoughts on the pandemic after social media users began noting how eerily similar the events in the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama are to current events.

“It’s very upsetting to see people getting sick and dying,” he told Slate. “The part of me that is a human being is more struck by this than the part of me that is a filmmaker. That being said, it has been very strange to me, whether on social media or in conversations with friends, that people will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is’.”

He noted that while interviewing scientists as he developed the script, he discovered the spread of such a disease was inevitable.

“I don’t find it to be that surprising because the scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when (it would happen), not if,” Burns added. “I guess my feeling as someone who believes in science is that when scientists tell us those things we would do well to listen.”

Contagion featured a stellar cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, and depicted the rapid spread of a deadly virus, which originated in Hong Kong.

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Ben Affleck: ‘My dialogue was dubbed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie’

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production. In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player be…

Ben Affleck’s performance in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was “so bad” his one line was dubbed in post-production.

In one of his early movie roles, the Oscar winner played Basketball Player #10, who gets scared when another high school player becomes a werewolf and delivers one line of dialogue as he gives the werewolf the ball.

Affleck has now revealed the voice that can be heard as he mouths the line in the comedy horror movie is not his because the director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, decided to swap his dialogue for someone else’s.

“Apparently, I’m so bad in that movie. I had one line. It was ‘Take it’, I think,” he said on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show. “I thought it was fine and the director seemed happy.”

However, Affleck only discovered that his voice had been dubbed when he saw his fleeting scene in the 1992 movie, which inspired the popular TV series, for the first time.

“I went to the movie – I didn’t get premiere tickets or anything – and I was like, ‘That is not my voice. That is not me,'” the 47-year-old added. “Apparently the director hated my performance so much that she looped the entire performance, which was one line. But, yes, I am dubbed – in English! Thank you for bringing that memory up.”

Affleck gave the interview to promote his new movie The Way Back, in which he plays a former high school basketball star struggling with alcoholism who lands a job coaching at his old school.

He recently finished production on crime thriller Deep Water, alongside Ana de Armas, and is filming Ridley Scott’s medieval drama The Last Duel, which stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver.

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Ben Affleck goes blond for The Last Duel

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new int…

Ben Affleck has dyed his hair blond for his new movie The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old, who has a supporting role in the historical film, was recently photographed on the set of the movie with a bright blond bowl cut and a bleached beard, and in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, he teased the possibility of more images.

“Did pictures get out?” he said at the premiere of his new film, The Way Back, in Los Angeles on Sunday. “We need to control that! I don’t know how that happened, but somebody’s bound to see it. Eventually I’ll release some good ones, but it’s fun.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Last Duel tells the real-life medieval story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Matt Damon, who accuses his squire, Adam Driver’s Jacques LeGris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Jodie Comer.

And while Affleck is focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer, he was full of praise for his co-stars.

“This movie has been really fun. Really excited. Adam Driver, Matt Damon… it’s been really fun,” he gushed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Affleck opened up about the other project he was working on with Damon, his longtime friend and fellow Oscar winner. The story, which is the focus of current HBO documentary McMillions, follows the man who defrauded the McDonald’s Monopoly game for millions of dollars.

The Argo star confirmed the duo are excited to get the project off the ground.

“We’re just getting a new draft in (and) still developing it. It’s a tricky one – we gotta find the right tone,” he shared. “But everybody knows that game, everybody knows McDonald’s, everybody knows the Monopoly game and the fact that it was a huge scam is amazing.”

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Ben Affleck ‘nervous’ about filming medieval movie with Matt Damon

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th cen…

Ben Affleck is a little “nervous” about filming his new medieval movie, The Last Duel.

The 47-year-old has signed on to appear alongside Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Matt Damon in the upcoming project, which is based on a true story and set in 14th century France.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Affleck confessed that the medieval storyline, and working with armour and weapons, would definitely push him outside of his comfort zone.

“I am a little nervous. Because I have never done medieval!” the actor laughed. “It’s 1386, so it is like armour and swords and stuff like that. But it was a real pleasure working with Matt and Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the script with us.”

Directed by Ridley Scott, the film will tell the story of knight Jean de Carrouges, as played by Damon, who accuses his squire, Driver’s Jacques Le Gris, of raping his wife Marguerite, portrayed by Comer.

In an effort to settle the fight, King Charles VI sanctions a duel between the two knights – the last-ever recorded in the country.

While Affleck was previously reported to be playing one of the leading roles opposite his longtime friend Damon, he is now taking on a supporting part and focusing his efforts on co-writing the script and serving as executive producer.

And the Gone Girl star also revealed that he and Damon are revelling in being able to work with each other once again.

“(We) just kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our schedules kind of intersected so that we had some free time to share,” he smiled.

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Matt Damon and James Mangold to reunite for The Force adaptation

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force. The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and…

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force.

The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and they have already lined up their next collaboration.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to feature in an adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 crime novel, The Force, which Mangold has been developing to direct for the recently renamed 20th Century Studios.

The actor will reportedly play NYPD detective Denny Malone, a cop who gets caught up in a corruption scandal. He is under siege from all sides – from members of the mob, who have him in their pocket, and federal investigators, who want to put him behind bars – and is faced with a bargain that will require him to testify against his loyal but dirty team. Damon previously played a corrupt cop in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 drama The Departed.

The first draft of the screenplay was written by famed playwright David Mamet, but Mangold has been working on a rewrite with Scott Frank, who he previously collaborated with on Logan. Gladiator director Ridley Scott will produce via his Scott Free banner.

The Force is the second project Mangold is currently developing – he is also working on a Bob Dylan biopic set to star Little Women’s Timothee Chalamet. The film, which is thought to be titled Going Electric, will chronicle the period in the 1960s in which Dylan shocked fans by switching from an acoustic to an electric guitar, thus moving from a folk to a more rock n roll sound.

Damon has recently wrapped filming on Stillwater, about a man whose daughter has been arrested for murder in France, and is gearing up to film Scott’s medieval epic The Last Duel.

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Matt Damon wanted to capture thrill of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari

Matt Damon was determined to capture the excitement of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari.In the upcoming film, titled Le Mans ’66 in the U.K. and other territories, the actor plays Carroll Shelby, an automotive visionary, who alongside his British dri…

Matt Damon was determined to capture the excitement of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari.

In the upcoming film, titled Le Mans ’66 in the U.K. and other territories, the actor plays Carroll Shelby, an automotive visionary, who alongside his British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), builds the Ford GT40 and competes against the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

Discussing the project during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Damon explained that it was important to himself and director James Mangold to express the thrill of the sport.

“It’s indescribable… You have to feel it to understand,” he said. “And I think in (Ford v Ferrari), we try to give you that feeling … to feel like you are in those cars going at those speeds, it’s really, really exciting.”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race and has been held annually since 1923. And while the competition continues each year, the vehicles used now are much safer compared to the cars driven back in the ’60s.

“It’s about their friendship and this crazy thing they tried to do in beating Ferrari in 1966,” the 49-year-old shared of the plot. “It’s a 24-hour race that still goes on every year, but it’s not on a racetrack, it’s on country roads that aren’t built to be raced on. So, it’s this incredible test of endurance. Two drivers man one car and they take turns and Ferrari was just dominant. But it was incredibly dangerous. At this time in 1966, the weakest part of the whole car was the brakes. So, these guys would be going 230 miles an hour (370 kilometres per hour) … not knowing if they could stop. And a lot of people died doing this.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Damon spoke about his experience at the Indianapolis 500 race earlier this year where he was invited to take a lap with 79-year-old race car legend Mario Andretti.

“I was like, ‘Yep, absolutely,'” he exclaimed. “I wouldn’t do it with anyone else.”

Ford v Ferrari hits cinemas from 13 November.

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Matt Damon explains new tattoos in honour of his daughters

Matt Damon has explained the reason behind his new tattoo in honour of his four daughters.The 49-year-old is a proud father to nine-year-old Stella, Gia, 11, Isabella, 13, and 20-year-old Alexia, and recently got their names sweetly etched onto his bic…

Matt Damon has explained the reason behind his new tattoo in honour of his four daughters.

The 49-year-old is a proud father to nine-year-old Stella, Gia, 11, Isabella, 13, and 20-year-old Alexia, and recently got their names sweetly etched onto his bicep in a delicate cursive writing, alongside his existing body art dedicated to his wife, Luciana Barroso.

“On a whim, my wife said, ‘We’re going to get tattoos today,’ so I got a tattoo of her name,” Matt told Access Hollywood of how he originally got the ‘Lucy’ ink in honour of his wife more than seven years ago. “And it always felt alone on my arm, and I’ve always wanted to put the kids on there.”

He added: “So now, I got the kids on there, and now I’ve got to figure out a way to pull it all together.”

The Oscar winner headed to Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Daniel Winter, who has inked the likes of Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas, Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen, to bring his meaningful family tattoo to life.

Daniel shared a photo of the artwork back in August, posting a series of black-and-white snaps on Instagram which featured a close-up shot of the ink, and a picture of Matt smiling during the session.

“FOR HIS KIDS #alexia #isabella #gia #stella Honour tattooing one of my favorite actors! #MATTDAMON,” the tattoo artist wrote in the caption.

The Bourne Identity star, who is well known for keeping his family life private, went on to share how he and Luciana are struggling to cope as their daughters become more embarrassed by being seen out with them.

“One is moving into the phase where it’s like, ‘Pick me up far away,'” he joked about how he’s now serving as a taxi driver to his kids. “But the others, we can still get them right to the door.”

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