Matt Damon is coming to the Treasure Valley again, this time to benefit the YMCA. Frank Marshall, producer of the “Bourne” series and Boise resident, has brought Damon to Boise before. The actor breezes into town, promotes a Bourne movie and supports the Boise Contemporary Theater or other organizations.
Here’s a look back at his past visits.
2002: The actor’s first publicized visit to the Treasure Valley
When Matt Damon made his initial visit to Boise, he had just starred in the first iteration of the ‘Bourne’ series. He was still fresh-faced, as were we. We nabbed an exclusive interview, hosted a trivia contest for a chance to meet the actor (we even enthusiastically covered the winner of that contest) and covered Damon as he walked onto our version of the red carpet.
2004: Matt returns
We thought maybe it was just a summer fling. But, no. What he said, in 2002, about his “love” for Boise (yes, he used the L-word), looks pretty dang sincere from this angle. He came to support BCT again, and to promote what now was not just a movie, ‘The Bourne Supremacy,” but a series.
Look at the rapport here, how easily we all get along:
That smile, folks, is the smile of someone coming to a city they L-O-V-E.
2007: Now it’s just a regular thing
Matt’s back, everybody, with another new movie, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum.’ Great to see him, but it’s no big thing. In fact, our top Matt Damon correspondent, Dana Oland, writes the headline “Matt Damon strolls into the Egyptian with his new film to raise money for a local theater.” Yeah, he’s just strolling through Boise by now.
We’re pretty casual about our close ties to the actor by this point.
Worth noting: thrill is not gone, clearly.
2016: Stepping into a new chapter.
Again, we’re excited, and hoping Bourne movies and Matt’s support of the YMCA will lead to a great future.