He may be Hollywood royalty, but at heart, Matt Damon is just a down-to-earth guy. “I think right now my life is pretty manageable and pretty normal,” says the actor, writer and producer, 33. “I just kind of work and when I’m not working, I’m living at my house in New York, and it doesn’t feel out of control and kind of crazy. I understand people who say success is dangerous. But if it hasn’t screwed me up already, I don’t think it will.” Well, okay, but isn’t he one of those thrill-seeking actors who insists on doing his own stunts? “Actors are always talking about how they do their own stunts. That’s total bull—-,” he says. “I mean, they don’t let us do anything that’s dangerous. They let us do things only that are very safe, so they’re not really stunts.”
Well, Tuition Is Expensive …
Maybe they should major in economics. Even with their estimated $135 million-plus fortune each, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are apparently cost-conscious. Spies tell us that the New York University coeds were spotted recently at Portofino Sun Center in Greenwich Village (near their apartment), pricing tanning options. When they were quoted the $35-per-session cost for a European-style tanning bed, Ashley said, “Really? That seems kind of high.” The twins instead opted for a package deal: 10 sessions for $150.
Christina Ricci, Billy Crudup, Amanda Peet, Fisher Stevens, Anna Paquin and Brooke Shields were among the stars who took to the stage for The 24 Hour Plays, a collection of short plays that are conceived, written, rehearsed and performed within a 24-hour period to benefit the Working Playground, a nonprofit group that brings the arts to New York City public schools. The audience, including Claire Danes and Law & Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, watched the star-studded cast perform love stories, dramatic tales and comedy.
Caught in the Act
• Ashley Judd, enchanting the staff at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City while dining on oysters at the tony eatery with two friends. “She Southern-charmed the staff wildly,” says a spy. “She was utterly nice. They were saying how kind and sweet she was and how they wanted her to come back. She is the kind of customer they love.” The restaurant also entertained Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin and Tony Shalhoub on a recent night for a party celebrating their new film, The Last Shot.
• Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, in New York, buying their daughter, Beatrice (who turns 1 next month), a CD of Beatles songs sung by kids.
• Jimmy Fallon, dining with a few friends at Sushi Samba in New York.
• By PETER MIKELBANK, LAUREN JOHNSTON, NATASHA STOYNOFF, ETHEL JOHNSON, KC BAKER, SHARON COTLIAR and LIZA HAMM