Damon vs. Kimmel

This Matt Damon-Jimmy Kimmel confrontation happened a week or so ago. What’s wrong with it, of course, is that it’s an act. It would have been brilliant — historic — if Damon had really gotten angry and stormed off. It would have been something real and rude instead of another damn mock- ironic put-on. Everything is on this level these days — on talk shows, SNL, sitcoms. Nothing laid on the line, every statement in “quotes.”

  • Nate West

    What’s “historic” is Congress doing away with habeas corpus in enemy combatant cases. But, you’re right, Damon cussing out Kimmel, if done “sincerely,” would be a close second.

  • Argen

    Congress was just being ironic. Don’t sweat it, Nate.

  • Eddie

    For what it’s worth, Sports Guy (and former Kimmel writer) Bill SImmons wrote this earlier in an internet chat:
    Jimmy will get mad at me for this, but screw it – Damon was supposed to be the last act of the show, and they screwed up the time and only gave him like 45 seconds, he didn’t even get a chance to show a clip from his movie. So Damon totally flipped out, it was like the scene from Good Will Hunting when he flips out on the math professor. I can’t believe nobody made a bigger deal about it. Everyone thought it was a setup but it actually happened, Jimmy was pretty shaken afterwards.

  • jane

    But then Simmons wrote at the end of the chat:
    I was kidding about the Matt Damon thing before, that was really a joke.
    See the transcript: http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=13017

  • NYCBusybody

    Man, don’t bring ESPN and Bill Simmons into this, Wells will have an attack of the anti-football hives!

  • Midwest Doug

    When will Wells get his due on the Colbert Report?

  • christian

    anybody who thinks an iota of this is real, especially after the dead giveaway shot of ben stiller checking his watch…well, that’s too much tv watchin’…
    i won’t forget that the spectacularly untalented proto-republican jimmy kimmel was put into place by abc after they fired bill maher for free speech…
    go fuck yourself is right…

  • Mgmax, le Corbeau

    I loved this when Louise Lasser did it on Saturday Night Live 25 years ago.

  • NYCBusybody

    Proto-Republican? What does that even mean?
    He may have a slightly conservative vibe on gender politics, but anyone who dates Sarah Silverman ain’t no Republican.

  • christian

    NYC, you be wrong good buddy. At least as of two years ago, Kimmel was on Howard Stern and they were talking about roe v wade being struck down.
    kimmel told howard, i’m a republican but even i would keep roe v wade.
    and if you’ve ever seen republican ben stein’s show, where kimmel was his sidekick, or the man show…well, do the math. and silverman doesn’t strike me as a flaming lefty…she’s a little contrary, dontcha think?
    and proto-republican means you want it both ways, like kimmel. or our crooked flip-flopping guv’nr.

  • NYCBusybody

    Yes, I agree that Schwarzenegger couldn’t be elected governor as a Republican in “red states”. There’s actually a term for proto-Republicans on talk radio – RINOs (Republican in Name Only).
    But just because Silverman isn’t a “flaming leftie” doesn’t mean she votes Republican. There are lots of people who hate the stifling nature of political correctness that aren’t lefties, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they vote Republican. Libertarian or Independent, often. “South Park conservative” moderates, even.

  • http://martiansattackingindianapolis.blogspot.com Josh Massey

    I’d consider myself a Republican (not a Bush-lover, but still), and I’d sure as hell date Sarah Silverman.

  • christian

    my exact point is that silverman is not a flaming lefty, so she would have no problem dating kimmel, who seems like many on the right to be only politically interested in the tiny world before their eyes. and money. and of course, representing the family republican values of beer, cheerleaders and war. i mean, football.

  • NYCBusybody

    So by that political analogy, the battle is:
    Money, beer, cheerleaders, and football vs…Janeane Garofalo, NPR, and vegan markets?
    Man, I’m more of a Republican than I thought.

  • christian

    or your choice could include sandra bullock, the beatles and food that’s not mcdonalds…

  • Craptastic

    So… you’re saying it would have been cool if they were REALLY fighting?
    That’s pretty stupid.

  • NYCBusybody

    Christian, you’re gonna have to do wayyyyy better than Sandra Bullock to convince me to turn to the dark side.
    I’ll never give up my Republican cheerleaders for the star of Speed 2: Cruise Control. Besides, she’s not even hot.

  • MrThompson

    The dems are the dark side? Im pretty sure thats the republicans.
    The dems are more the castrato side.

  • christian

    okay, nyc. i’m trying. but you leave me no choice:
    sex
    drugs
    rock n roll.
    compared to:
    abstinence
    budweiser
    lawrence welk
    the choice is yours.

  • Mgmax

    I loved this when Louise Lasser did it on Saturday Night Live 25 years ago.

  • RoyBatty

    In the words of Sam Rockwell in GALAXYQUEST: “Did you guys ever WATCH the show???”
    The running gag (which is in the youtube clip) for the show has always been running too late for Matt Damon. Does anyone really think it could possibly be anything other than a set up to have him pop up at the very end to lose it over the exact same thing?
    I can only hope that everyone posting things claiming to think it’s real are just going for a piggy-back joke.

  • NYCBusybody

    Yeah, but when we Republicans get drunk on Budweiser and have sex on our wedding nights with Lawrence Welk in the background, can’t no rock n’ roll top that.

  • christian

    you just have to wake up in the morning with a hangover listening to rush limbaugh next to the wife watching the 700 club and warning you there’ll be no more sinful nights like that.

  • RoyBatty

    NYCBusybody – you got drunk on your wedding night and had sex with Lawerence Welk?? WTF, that some admission to make on here dude!!
    What’s that?
    Oh, Welk was just in the background. Watching or something. Still pretty kinky for a Repub.
    Excuse me?
    Ohhhhhh. I get it now. Might have cleaned up that syntax a little.

  • christian

    then again, we know republicans are all dirty little boys and girls in private. they just don’t want anybody else having fun.
    but letting lawrence welk watch is beyond kink.
    hats off.

  • NYCBusybody

    Actually, I inserted a bottle of Budweiser into Lawrence Welk on the night he and I got married, in Vermont.
    Just don’t tell Rush.

  • rr3333

    Why is every comment turned into a political thing?
    This is about a goofy sketch on Jimmy Kimmel for Chrissakes.
    Go read some Bill O’Reilly Board for lame-ass boring political chit chat.

  • MrThompson

    Because by the time there’s been 5 posts about Jimmy Kimmel, everyone is bored of the subject at hand.