Why Matt Damon Was Grumpy on the Set of Sony’s ‘Elysium’

Elysium Premiere

Sci-fi pic premiered Wednesday in Westwood

Dieting is a big downside of being one of the world’s biggest action stars, says Matt Damon, who stars in Sony’s upcoming sci-fi actioner “Elysium.”

“I was grumpy on the set, because I was on a diet for the whole movie,” Damon admits at the film’s L.A. premiere Aug. 7 in Westwood. “At my age, I want to eat everything in my path.”

Damon walked the gray carpet for the premiere of the MRC-QED co-production, along with Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and the film’s writer-director Neill Blomkamp, who admits having a visual-effects background helps him make these films for a relatively low budget.

“But also I think it’s because my style is cheap,” Blomkamp jokes.

Most of the film’s cast, including Foster, were drawn to “Elysium” because of the involvement of Blomkamp, who wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated “District 9” in 2009.

“I thought ‘District 9’ was probably the most perfect movie that I had seen in a really long time, and I just really wanted to be in his next movie,” Foster says, but the actress also notes that the film’s social message was a major draw for her.

“The film has such a strong sociopolitical murmur, and it has such a strong insight into the ‘haves and have-nots,’ ” Foster says.

After party was held at the W Hotel.

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  1. lotrfan says:

    Cry me a river Matt!! Did you hear Hugh Jackman complaining when he was shooting the Wolverine? No, don’t be a little b#### Matty, suck it up!

  2. Dave says:

    The average film goer is more aware of this sort of irony than you may suspect. Which may be why it’s not going to do killer business like District 9, which had unrecognizable newcomers. There’s too much data on celebs, undermining their performances. Which is why the studio bosses back in the day took pains not to overexpose their stars in the press, maintaining an air of mystery.

  3. Matthew B says:

    Just a little tired of hearing about dieting from a guy receiving ten million dollars to make the movie. Poor Matt, are you better now baby?

  4. Kevin says:

    “The film has such a strong sociopolitical murmur, and it has such a strong insight into the ‘haves and have-nots,’ ” Foster says.

    The hypocrisy of Celebrities never ceases to amaze me. lol

    • whatever says:

      Why are you so threatened by celebrities? In what way is it hypocrisy to mention that the film has themes? Because she’s rich, it’s hypocrisy, but if she said the same thing and was poor, it wouldn’t be? That’s absurd.

  5. Nicholas Leonard says:

    This article is either a glorious accident or one of the most humorously subversive little pieces on Hollywood I’ve read in some time. Personally, I have nothing against the average movie star paycheck, but I can certainly appreciate a nice bit of irony when I see it.

    • whatever says:

      Lighten up. She said she liked the fact that there was some social commentary in the film. She didn’t weigh in with her own opinion on any issue. God forbid we have a movie that makes you think rather than just wave a flag.

    • Dianne says:

      Nicholas, nice take on the irony but I’m afraid it most likely has gone over their heads.

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