Matt Damon on Aging: "I've Become More of a Glutton"

Celebrity Body Aug. 9, 2013 AT 3:40PM
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso on August 7, 2013 Matt Damon says it was hard to get in shape for Elysium because he's "become more of a glutton" as he's gotten older Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

All work and no food makes Matt Damon a crabby man. The actor had to stick to a strict diet and exercise plan to get in shape for his new movie, Elysium, and though he's done it before with no problem, he says this time was more difficult.

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"I was grumpy on this set, because I was on a diet for the whole movie," he told Us Weekly at the film's L.A. premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 7, noting that he gets "quiet" when he's feeling cross. "I think I shut up a little bit and keep to myself."

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Damon, 42, blames the mood swings on getting older. "It's not even that it was as extreme as diets I've done before, but it's like, at my age, I want to eat everything in my path, you know what I mean?" he quipped. "I think I've become more of a glutton."

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Indeed, the married father of four told reporters at a New York screening of the sci-fi action flick that he struggled to stay motivated while filming. "It was really hard because I love to eat and I love to drink," he confessed. "I'm at the point in my life where somebody was silly enough to marry me and won't leave me if I put on a few pounds."

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"I think [my wife, Luciana Barroso] likes the variety," he added. "When I did The Informant, I put on 40 pounds. I was like, 'You like this guy, too, don't you?' I'm trying to talk her into that guy. That's the guy I'm most comfortable being."

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