As his 75-year-old father battles cancer, actor Matt Damon is asking fans for prayers.
“It’s been a slow, unfolding, my dad’s sick, so that’s been a process we’re going through,” the actor told Extra. “We’ll take any prayers you got, so throw ’em up there.”
At the time, Damon told local Boston news outlet WCVB that his father would fight the incurable disease “to a standstill.”
Back in October, Damon missed his opportunity to accept the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the Britannia Awards due to his father’s illness, which was referred to as a “family emergency” at the time.
According to E! News, actress Kate Mara stepped in and accepted the award on his behalf, informing the crowd of Damon traveling back to Boston the same evening:
“As much as we wish he was here with us, we know family comes first,” Mara said. “So our thoughts are with you, Matt and much love from your friends here in L.A.”
Damon also shared a videotaped message and apologized for his absence:
“Hello and thank you to everyone at BAFTA,” he said in the recorded statement. “I found out about this award six months ago, and I was just so incredibly honored to receive it, and I was really looking forward to tonight. Unfortunately, I had to go back to Boston for a family emergency. I’m really sorry not to be with you tonight. Thank you for this wonderful honor, and I hope you have a lovely evening. See you soon.”
Earlier this year, Damon made a surprise appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” — as George Clooney’s male nanny!
Clooney graciously asked the studio audience if they wanted to meet his newborn baby twins. “Do you wanna see the babies?” he asked, as the audience gleefully cheered the prospect of catching a glimpse of two of the planet’s most famous children.
So you can imagine how hard they cheered when the “babies” were eventually wheeled out in their strollers by another Hollywood megastar: Kimmel’s longtime rival, Matt Damon.
As Damon entered the set pushing a double stroller and carrying a diaper bag on one shoulder and spit-up towel on the other, Clooney informed Kimmel that his longtime friend and “Ocean’s Eleven” co-star was, in fact, his manny (male nanny). “He’s just very good with the kids,” he assured the host. But Kimmel smelled a rat.
“I’m his manny. It’s a nanny who’s a man,” Damon explained — clearly, having four daughters of his own makes him more than qualified for the job.
“You’re not a man,” Kimmel fired back before insulting Damon’s appearance. “So I guess by your physique that you’re breastfeeding too?”
“I actually just wanted to get their nap, so I brought them to a place where they wouldn’t be woken up by laughter,” Damon replied.
The back and forth continued until the segment culminated in a hilarious twist that we won’t spoil, but let’s just say Damon brought a couple of birds with him.