Few things are worse in the entertainment news business than when a rumor surfaces that a celebrity has died. It's really bad because even though they are almost always hoaxes, you have to follow-up with the star's publicist, a moment, which you can be sure, is understandably awkward. This happened just days ago with A-list actor, Matt Damon, who is, in fact, very much alive. I know because I just interviewed him – in person. He's in Toronto promoting his new film, "The Informant." Damon says as soon as he heard the rumor he immediately called his mother just so she would not worry. Damon knows about worrying parents – he has three girls at home, two young daughters and a step-daughter from his wife, Luciana's previous marriage.
But, Damon isn't only worried about his children, he cares about all the kids in America – in particular, one's without health insurance. Last time I sat down with the Oscar winner was quite vocal about his support of then presidential candidate Barrack Obama. When asked how he thinks the President is doing now, he says he hopes he can get health care reform passed. He says making sure millions of children are covered would be "very American."
I just saw Matt Damon at the showing of Michael Douglas' film, Solitary Man – compelling, by the way. Usually people are cool (respectful) at TO but one guy followed Matt Damon down the aisle and asked to have his pic taken with Matt. I finally took his disposable camera and took the pic. But have to say what a gentleman, for lack of a better word, Matt Damon is – stopped and posed for pics, joked, was appreciative of the attention and not resentful of it – the way that I think that I might be. Quite a class act.
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