If we’ve missed cinema, we’ve missed Matt Damon — making us think, making us laugh, and the world a better place. The star of Stillwater has no fewer than three films out in 2021, which means — in the best possible way — we cannot get enough of him. Interview by Tom Chamberlin.
  • fashion director Grace Gilfeather

  • by Tom Chamberlin

  • photography Greg Williams

Cashmere button-down sweater, Brunello Cucinelli; linen Gurkha shorts, Anderson & Sheppard; Rivamare, Riva.

Matt Damon operates from a place of joy — his words — and it is pretty infectious. There is but a small handful of actors who are known for their work and their capacity to inspire cheerfulness and good vibes outside of their métier. Tom Hanks is one, for example, and Damon is another. While his ‘status’ cannot be located on the common celebrity-cultural framework — he is not on social media, is not one half of a celebrity couple, nor does he court media attention — Damon has nevertheless remained one of the most prominent men on the planet and certainly one of the most likeable. We find him in good spirits at the Cannes Film Festival, where he is promoting his latest movie, Stillwater, and taking part in the first major congregation of Hollywood since 2019. The industry ground to a halt for a good 12 months, with delays in releases and cinemas closed, but the display of high glamour on the Riviera is optimism at its chicest. Now that films are again being released to a more reliable schedule, the optimism feels well founded, and where there’s optimism you can often find the gravitational pull towards Matt Damon.


    August 2021


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