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Matt Damon invites beer lovers to join him and a few star-studded friends for dinner in New York as part of a new Stella Artois campaign.
THE Air The actor and co-founder of Water.org stars alongside Zoe Saldaña, Ludacris and Jeremy Allen White in a commercial for the beer company’s ‘Let’s Do Dinner’ contest, which will fly 15 lucky winners (and 21 and more) and their plus-ones to the Big Apple for a star-studded event featuring dishes from renowned chefs, live performances and a guest list of some of the most fascinating people in the world.
The epic dinner will also support Water.org, the nonprofit Damon co-founded in 2009 with Gary White that works to bring clean water and sanitation to people living in poverty in Asia. , Latin America and Africa. The organization partners with local financial institutions to help provide affordable microloans that allow people to buy their own water taps and toilets, eliminating the need to borrow from loan sharks and accumulate debt. debilitating debts.
From Water.org’s partnership since 2015 with Stella Artois, Damon tells the exclusive The Hollywood Reporter that the Anheuser-Busch company “has been really great at integrating Water.org into its public relations and marketing and raising awareness of the mission”. The brewery has helped Water.org deliver safe, clean water to more than 4.5 million people overseas and garnered 11 billion impressions worldwide through Super Bowl ads, chalices limited-edition charities, celebrity collaborations and more.
“There is a huge ripple effect for this issue because it is absolutely transforming lives,” the 52-year-old actor tells THR on a Zoom interview. “That’s why I like to go there every year and meet people (from all over the world). The difference between having access and not having access is incalculable. It’s the difference between a girl going to school or having to try to find water for her family.
THE Jason Bourne The star remembers a 13-year-old girl in Haiti who remains etched in her memory. “My eldest was 13 at the time, so I feel this incredible bond with this kid. Of course, she should think about going to play, rather than spending three or four hours of her day trying to find water for his family, so it was powerful on a personal level, but the scale of it and the number of people we were able to reach was really exciting, both intellectually and spiritually.
Since its merger with White’s WaterPartners (which was founded in 1990 to help communities in Latin America), Water.org has helped remove financial barriers to accessing clean water for more than 52 million people around the world. Kenya, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Mexico, Peru, Philippines and elsewhere. The organization also works in government, social and business sectors to support policy change.
In the spirit of Stella Artois’ September soiree (the rest of the star-studded guest list is still under wraps), Damon reveals who he wishes he could hang out with over a glass of frozen beer.
“So many people come to mind. I just finished filming last Friday, so I feel disconnected from all my friends, so even having dinner with friends sounds pretty good too,” says the Cambridge-born filmmaker. “But I can think of a sports personality from Boston – you know how died recently? (Awesome Celtics) Bill Russell, whom I’ve never met. He was a great basketball player, but a truly amazing person. I wish I had the chance to have a beer with Bill Russell.
There are these iconic stories about him. He was a very important figure in the civil rights movement, and he was just a really brave guy, especially living in Boston at that time. He was an iconoclast, it’s just a legend there. People love autographs in Boston. Bill Russell would never give an autograph, what he would do is say, “I won’t sign that, but I’ll shake your hand.” He was shaking someone’s hand and looking them in the eye, the whole idea being (of) the connection, and it became a real connection. He wanted to have a real connection with the person and not scribble something on a piece of paper that would probably get lost.
After her starring role in Air (streaming now on Prime Video), Damon next appears on the big screen as Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. in Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer, the biopic that stars Cillian Murphy as physicist “and father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer. Releasing in theaters on July 21 (tickets available online at Fandango), the film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman, Jack Quaid and Rami Malek.
“Cillian is just amazing in this movie, it’s all really on his shoulders. It’s a standout performance, I can’t wait for people to see it,” Damon says. It’s really fun working with Chris! He’s so good at what he does it’s a really enjoyable experience and for me as a lifelong filmmaker just being able to watch him make decisions under pressure really is as much fun as it gives me at work I can’t wait to see how people react to the movie I had the chance to see it recently and I was really blown away I’m so glad everyone is watching it way.
The film is also around three hours long – which might be one of Nolan and Damon’s longest films to date. Damon’s The Bourne Legacy was 135 minutes, and the director Interstellarin which the actor also appears, was 169 minutes.
“It’s funny, (Nolan) plays with time so much, it’s almost like he plays with our time in the movie, especially with the pacing. I didn’t feel like the movie was three hours long he says.
Stella Artois is available for purchase online through Drizly, Gopuff, DoorDash, Instacart and other on-demand and traditional retailers and grocers. Watch Damon and his Hollywood co-stars in the brand’s new spot below, and learn more about the Let’s Do Dinner campaign online here.