May 29, 2023

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Matt Damon is inviting beer lovers to affix him and some starry associates for dinner in New York as a part of a brand new Stella Artois marketing campaign.

The Air actor and co-founder stars alongside Zoe Saldaña, Ludacris and Jeremy Allen White in a industrial for the beer firm’s “Let’s Do Dinner” contest, which can fly 15 fortunate (and 21 and over) winners and their plus-ones to the Massive Apple for a star-studded occasion that includes fare from famend cooks, reside performances and a visitor checklist of a number of the world’s most fascinating individuals.

The epic ceremonial dinner can even help, the nonprofit that Damon co-founded in 2009 with Gary White that works to convey secure water and sanitation to individuals residing in poverty throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa. The group companions with native monetary establishments to assist present reasonably priced microloans that permit individuals to purchase their very own water faucets and bathrooms, eliminating the necessity to borrow from mortgage sharks and accrue debilitating debt.

Of’s partnership since 2015 with Stella Artois, Damon solely tells The Hollywood Reporter that the Anheuser-Busch firm “has been actually nice at working into their PR and advertising and marketing and elevating consciousness of the mission.” The brewery has helped present secure, clear water to over 4.5 million individuals abroad and earn 11 billion impressions world wide by way of Tremendous Bowl advertisements, limited-edition charitable chalices, movie star collaborations and extra.

“There’s a big ripple impact for this situation as a result of it completely transforms lives,” the 52-year-old actor explains to THR over a Zoom interview. “That’s why I wish to go yearly and meet individuals [around the world.] The distinction between having entry and never having entry is incalculable. It’s the distinction between a lady being in class or being consigned to looking for water for her household.”

The Jason Bourne star remembers one 13-year-old lady in Haiti who nonetheless stands out in his reminiscence. “My oldest occurred to be 13 on the time, so I really feel this unbelievable connection to this child. After all, she needs to be desirous about going and taking part in, fairly than spending three or 4 hours of her day looking for water for her household. In order that was highly effective on a private degree. However the scale of it and the way many individuals we’ve been capable of attain has been actually thrilling, each intellectually and spiritually.”

Zoe Saldana, Ludacris and Matt Damon in Stella Artois’ “Let’s Do Dinner” industrial.

Courtesy of Stella Artois

Since merging with White’s WaterPartners (which was based in 1990 to assist communities in Latin America), has helped to interrupt down monetary boundaries to scrub water for over 52 million individuals in Kenya, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines and elsewhere. The group additionally works throughout governmental, social and enterprise sectors to help coverage modifications.

Within the spirit of Stella Artois’ September soirée (the remainder of the starry visitor checklist continues to be beneath wraps), Damon reveals who he needs he might meet up with over a frosty glass of beer.

“So many individuals come to thoughts. I simply completed capturing final Friday, so I really feel out of contact with all of my associates, so even a dinner with associates sounds fairly nice too,” says the Cambridge-bred filmmaker. “However I can consider one Boston sports activities determine — you know the way lately handed away? [Celtics great] Invoice Russell, who I by no means obtained to fulfill. He was an awesome basketball participant, however a very unbelievable particular person. I want I had an opportunity to have a beer with Invoice Russell.

There are these iconic tales about him. He was a very essential determine within the Civil Rights Motion, and he was only a actually courageous man, particularly residing in Boston at the moment. He was an iconoclast, he’s only a legend there. Individuals like autographs in Boston. Invoice Russell would by no means give an autograph, what he would do is he would say, ‘I received’t signal that, however I’ll shake your hand.’ He would shake anyone’s hand and look them within the eye, the entire concept being [about] connection, and that grew to become an actual connection. He needed to have an actual reference to the particular person and never scribble one thing on a bit of paper that might most likely get misplaced.”

Following his starring function in Air (streaming now on Prime Video), Damon subsequent seems on the massive display screen as Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, the biopic that stars Cillian Murphy because the physicist “and father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer. Out in theaters July 21 (tickets obtainable on-line at Fandango), the movie additionally options Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman, Jack Quaid and Rami Malek.

“Cillian is simply flat-out unbelievable on this film, the entire thing actually rests on his shoulders. It’s a outstanding efficiency, I can’t look forward to individuals to simply see that,” says Damon. “However the reality is as essential as the subject material is, it’s actually enjoyable working with Chris! He’s so good at what he does that it only a actually fulfilling expertise and for me as a lifelong filmmaker, simply to have the ability to watch him make selections beneath strain is actually, it’s about as enjoyable because it will get for me at work. I’m trying ahead to seeing how individuals react to the film, I had an opportunity to see it lately and I used to be actually blown away, I’m excited for everybody to see it.”

The movie additionally clocks in at about three hours — which can be amongst Nolan’s and Damon’s longest motion pictures to this point. Damon’s The Bourne Legacy was 135 minutes, and the director’s Interstellar, by which the actor additionally seems, was 169 minutes.

“It’s humorous, [Nolan] performs with time a lot, it’s nearly like he performs with our time within the film, particularly with the tempo. It didn’t really feel just like the film was three hours,” he says.

Stella Artois is in the stores on-line by way of Drizly, Gopuff, DoorDash, Instacart and different on-demand and conventional retailers and grocers. Watch Damon and his Hollywood co-stars within the model’s new spot beneath, and be taught extra in regards to the Let’s Do Dinner marketing campaign on-line right here.