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Damon has cause for celebration

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 21, 2010

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Aside from Ben Affleck’s immediate family, no one is more elated about the box-office success of “The Town’’ than Matt Damon. Ben’s good buddy told us he’s “happy, proud, and not at all surprised’’ that Affleck’s new movie made over $23 million in its opening weekend. “I want to find out where the end zone is so I can dance,’’ said Damon. We ran into the “Bourne’’ star Sunday at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he was among the VIP guests at a fund-raiser for the Sean McDonough Charitable Foundation. Damon, who was there with his dad, Kent, said Affleck’s achievements are not insignificant. “What he’s done is create a career from nothing twice,’’ said the talented Mr. Damon. “He did it once with ‘Good Will Hunting’ and then again, after all that other stuff, with ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town.’ ’’ (By “other stuff,’’ we think he meant JLo and “Gigli.’’) “It’s impossible to say it’s luck once, and Ben’s done it twice,’’ said Damon. Asked if he has any interest in directing, Damon said he does. “Sure, I’ve wanted to for years, but I keep getting wonderful offers from unbelievable people — the Coen brothers, Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood.’’ (“Hereafter,’’ directed by Eastwood, comes out next month.) McDonough gave Damon’s wife, Luciana, a special shout-out for letting the actor attend. “Luciana is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, but she gave Matt a hall pass to be here, so thank you,’’ said McDonough. The fund-raiser, which included a round of golf yesterday at the International in Bolton, drew several familiar faces, including Celts president Danny Ainge, broadcasters Mike Breen, Billy Packer, and P.J. Carlesimo, Nomar Garciaparra, Ahmad Rashad, “The Unit’’ actor Michael O’Neill, chef Ming Tsai, Bruins Mark Recchi, Tuukka Rask, and Milan Lucic, and former Patriots coach Dick MacPherson. “Matt says the reason we can all pronounce diverticulitis is because Dick had it when he was the coach,’’ said McDonough. “If you were the coach of that team, you’d have diverticulitis, too.’’

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