Matt Damon  and Clint Eastwood  teamed up for the current cover of Men's Journal. The actor and director opened up about their new film Hereafter , which they've promoted together on The Early Show  and at their NYC premiere . In addition to the movie's release, October was a major month for Matt personally — he just welcomed his baby girl Stella  and turned 40 on Oct. 8 . He and Clint, who is now exactly twice Matt's age, showed off their rapport in the interview as they discussed their friendship and filmmaking philosophies. They said :
- Matt on how he met Clint: "We met in a bar, a gay bar. I saw something in him through the eye slits of the Hannibal Lecter mask that he was wearing."
- Matt on his character in The Departed: "I went up to Marty [Scorsese] and said, 'I want to lose every fight I'm in and I don't want my dick to work.' Anybody I've met in my life who really is tough, there's no swagger, there's no raising your voice. You sit down and talk to a guy from the Delta Force, it's very pleasant and calm."
- Clint on Matt's talents: "You get a feeling about somebody that they're the kind of person who just likes to stand and deliver. And he is. He knows — he instinctively knows [what it takes to be a good director]. When he directs he's going to be great at it because he understands actors."