Oscar winner and recent Emmy nominee Matt Damon (“Behind the Candelabra”) visited “The Today Show” today, July 30, to promote his upcoming sci-fi film release, “Elysium.”
In a pre-interview segment, the co-hosts were quick to ask the charismatic actor about his impending move from New York to California. Damon made it clear in his reply that the move is the best thing for his family.
He said, “Basically all of our friends with little kids are out there. We’re a little conflicted. We love it here. We’re happy here and New York will always be here. It might just turn into a little jaunt out there and then a return. It’s hard to leave here, but we love it out there too. I think we’ll be happy as long as the family’s together.”
Per “People,” Damon recently renewed his wedding vows with his wife, Luciana, after nearly 8 years of marriage. The happy Hollywood couple has four daughters ranging in age from 14 to 2 and seems to be sharing in parental bliss with friends Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who have three young kids of their own.
In fact, Damon previously cited moving closer to childhood friend Affleck and his kids, as a motivator for his move for his East Coast to West Coast move.
Matt Lauer couldn’t resist revealing a pre-interview joke Damon shared with the show’s producer, who told him it was a shame he is leaving New York because he seemed like a good candidate for Mayor, to replace Michael Bloomberg.
Damon replied, “That’s not gonna happen because I just texted you a picture of my junk.”
Damon was clearly embarrassed and shared a laugh with the co-hosts, who chided Lauer and Al Roker said, “Usually, that’s not how you get people to stay.”
A very good-natured Damon has a lot to celebrate recently, with his riveting performance opposite Michael Douglas in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” TV movie, in which he played Liberace’s longtime partner, Scott Thorsen. The film earned 15 Primetime Emmy nominations this year, with Douglas and Damon running against each other in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category.
“Elysium” marks a sci-fi film departure for Damon, who told Matt Lauer he took the film to work with “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp. Damon stars in the futuristic thriller with Oscar winner Jodie Foster.
It’s been speculated the film showcases Blomkamp’s vision of life on Earth a hundred years from now. Despite the heavy social and political implications of the film, Damon told Lauer that beyond the resonating themes, Blomkamp really just wanted to make a highly entertaining sci-fi film.
“Elysium” opens nationwide and in the Flint area at NCG Trillium Cinemas Grand Blanc on August 9, 2013.