Matt Damon Blabs About His Flab


Jul. 28 2008, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Who would have thought Oscar winner Matt Damon would be obsessed with his weight?

The actor, who once graced the cover of People as its Sexiest Man Alive, recently packed on a solid 30 pounds to play a whistle-blower in the 2009 drama The Informant.

"Now I'm the Sexiest Man Alive's chunky cousin," the actor,37, joked in an interview with USA Today.

Damon says he's working overtime to shed the extra pounds by September--He has to be back in tip-top shape in time for re-shoots for the film Green Zone, in which he plays a soldier looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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"If you put it on, it's easier to get it back off," he says, adding that his weight-loss strategy consists of a lot of contact sports. "I'm just boxing. I figure if you get hit enough times, it will fall off."

After the Green Zone wraps, Matt says he's taking "the rest of the year off" to "just hang out with my family." His wife, Luciana, is "due soon" with the couple's second daughter. The new baby will join Isabella,2, and Damon's stepdaughter Alexia,9.


"I'm so outnumbered down here it's crazy," he said of his estrogen-powered household.

When it comes to a name for the new addition, the Ocean's Thirteen star says they're waiting.

"We decided to wait til she's born, and then we're going to get a look at her and we'll probably keep debating it," he said.

And as if all this wasn't enough to keep one man busy this summer, Matt is also gearing up for the launch of One X One Foundation's U.S. operation--a Canadian born charity that helps children worldwide.

"It's about helping kids," Damon says. "It's not like before I was a father I was like, 'The hell with those kids.' But something does shift when you have a child of your own. It's hard not to look a every child as somehow connected to you."

He continues, "I have to make calls. Sheryl Crow is going to play at one of our events. It's the easiest call in the world to make. I just tell what the charity is about, and everyone wants to do anything they can."


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