“Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Matt Damon and his “Downsizing” co-star Hong Chau to talk about their new film.
Matt also opened up about a family emergency that forced him to cancel his appearance at the BAFTA Awards and other work commitments. Along with revealing that his father is ill, Damon said, “It’s been a slow, unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that's been a process we're going through.”
Matt's father, Kent Damon, 68, is reportedly battling cancer. Damon added, “We’ll take any prayers you got, so throw ’em up there.”
On a lighter note, Matt is still vying to get on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in his ongoing fake feud with the late-night host. Kimmel recently took time off to be with his son Billy, and though he asked his famous friends to fill in for him, Matt did not get an invite. "I’m waiting," Matt said. “I kidnapped him once and took the show and hosted it. Pretty soon I am going to have to do something crazy again 'cause I am starting to think he isn’t going to let me on.”
“Ben won’t help me because he lets Ben on all the time,” Matt joked about his good pal Ben Affleck.
In "Downsizing," Matt plays Paul Safranek, who realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Damon dished, “When I read the script, I thought, 'Oh, my God... if you can go with the premise that we’re five inches tall and that’s real, then the rest of it falls into place.”
Hong had her own reason to celebrate the script as well after receiving a Golden Globe nomination this morning for her performance. She said, “I am feeling amazing, it's awesome, it’s an incredible honor to be nominated with those other actresses.”
Matt gave her pointers for attending the big show, saying, “The first year I went, I remember Ben and I, our heads were on a swivel.” Ben and Matt took home Best Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” in 1998. He pointed out, “I knew my dad was watching at home and I said, 'Dad I have a better seat than Jack Nicholson.'”