Q: Matt you were very good in this film and it was refreshing
to see you, dare I say, as somewhat nerdy?
A: Yes, you can say that!
What was your first reaction when you found out you were going to
be in Ocean's Eleven, and then realized you were going to
be starring with all of these people?
A: Well that was the thing. I could be kind of nerdy because
these guys are so cool it won't matter! I like that I get called
to duty in the movie. It's that thing are you in or are you
out right now that's what it was kind of like. I was pretty
late getting aboard on the movie and then I read the script and
heard who was doing it and I went and met Steven.We met at some
hotel bar and he was like, are you in or are you out? And I said
I'm in man, I'll do anything.
What makes Steven Soderbergh so unique as a director? Why do some
many actors want to work with him so badly?
A: It's not one thing. He's a great storyteller, he gets the
best out of his actors, and he creates an environment that is really
fun to work in. He is incredibly driven and enthusiastic about work.
He loves to do it and he loves to be there. You can't ask for more
than that from a director. He gets the best from everyone he works
with and he's going to get a great movie. He's the guy to want to
work with and I was happy to do anything he wanted.
You play a pickpocket in Ocean's Eleven. Did you get to observe
pick pockets, did you try it out on your friends?
A: Actually we kind of cheated it for the movie. I was in Paris
with a friend and I went on the subway with a video camera and he
wore a suit and I had a hidden video camera because there are a
lot of pick pockets in Paris and I was just trying to get him pick-pocketed
(laughs) so that I could make a video, but he never got pick-pocketed.
Nice friend, who was it, Ben (Affleck)?
A: No, it was another buddy of mine. He didn't look rich enough
I guess. He looked like too much of a dirt bag. He had his best
suit on, but I guess it wasn't good enough.
Oh well. Nice to know you go to such lengths for you craft.
A: The scene in the movie is a cheat. We just had Mike Mallone,
who is our prop guy he's the guy I pick pocket, the guy reading
the paper on the train. He stuck this billfold way out from this
over coat that he had and it was just barely hidden from the camera
and I just kind of snatched it. It was an easy grab.
A few weekends ago you made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night
Live when Gwyneth Paltrow hosted. You were such a good sport.
Did you have a fun time?
A: It was so nerve racking. I bumped into Chris Kattan in New
York and he said, hey man come on I'm doing this Mango sketch this
weekend. Please, just come on and do a walk on. So, he talked me
into it. I was terrified though. Going out there on live TV is scary!!!
But now I can't wait to go back and host the show because I have
never done it before. It was fun.
So did they promise a hosting gig any time soon?
A: Well, no, I don't think they made any promises.
Well, they are probably waiting until next summer when Bourne
Identity comes out!
A: Right let's hope so!