Cinema: Matt Damon Acts Out

He's popular, hardworking and sincere. So it might surprise you how much he has in common with the lonely misfit he plays in The Talented Mr. Ripley

He's not short. For some reason this is the first thing people want to know when they hear you have met Matt Damon. "He's short, right?" the inquiries come. "How tall is he?" "Is he a Pygmy or what?" He's actually 5 ft. 11 in., but still, the fact that the rest of us are not Matt Damon--have no Oscar, have never kissed Winona Ryder and are not making $7 million a movie--would be no more palatable even if we could put him in the "good-looking but short" box with, say, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson.

It's just our puny way...

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