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04th Aug 2021

WATCH: Matt Damon reacts to Dalkey bar creating a cocktail called The Matt Damon

Rory Cashin

We chatted to the Oscar-winner ahead of the release of his new movie this week.

It is difficult to believe, but Matt Damon was living in Ireland last year.

Yes, it was only 2020 (and not the decade or so ago that it feels like) that he was over here for Ridley Scott’s historical epic The Last Duel, a movie that now has a trailer and is due to arrive in Irish cinemas this October.

While it does feel like ages ago, Matt and his Supervalu bag are still very much fresh in our memory, and he obviously left a lasting impression on the people of Ireland, and more specifically, the natives of Dalkey, where Damon spent most of his time when he wasn’t filming.

We recently caught up with the Oscar-winner while he was in Cannes promoting his new drama Stillwater, and while we had the opportunity, we had to mention to him a particular tidbit related to the time he spent here.

You can check out our full interview with Damon, as well as his Stillwater co-stars Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), and the movie’s writer/director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) right here:

While Damon was in Ireland, a local Dalkey bar named DeVilles created a cocktail in his honour (you can check it out right here), and gave it a very appropriate name: The Matt Damon.

We brought this vital information to Matt himself, and he reacted appropriately:

“Stop it! Really? Oh my God, that is awesome!”

He wanted to know the ingredients of The Matt Damon – gin, Cointreau, pink grapefruit, lime, mint – and once again, he had a very appropriate reaction:

“It sounds very light and summery, it sounds like a nice summer beverage!”

And of course, since he had spent so much time here, the title of Matt Damon: Irish Man has basically been bestowed upon him, and he took that new title with gusto:

“I’ll even accept honorary status, that would be a real honour and privilege.”

The chat above with the actor also covers the powerful story behind his new movie, how some Europeans might view some Americans, and why he didn’t appear in the Loki series on Disney+.

Stillwater is released in Irish cinemas on Friday, 6 August.

Clip via EOne UK

Main image via Instagram/@Devilles_Dalkey

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