It be the radio coup of the lockdown.
When the presenter of a Dublin breakfast programme learned Hollywood actor Matt Damon was as soon as in quarantine in the prosperous suburb of Dalkey, he spent six weeks tirelessly campaigning for an interview.
It was as soon as in no arrangement a serious inquire of though, admitted Nathan O’Reilly.
So he and co-host Graham O’Toole had been timorous when Damon’s assistant called this week to inquire of when he might presumably well maybe plug on air.
‘I’m about to throw up’
Mr O’Reilly informed the BBC’s Upright Morning Ulster programme he and his co-host on the beginning build thought it was as soon as a prank.
“He stated: ‘Guys, Matt has been being attentive to the present. He desires to approach on.’
“I regarded at Graham and stated: ‘Are you pranking me?’ After which Graham thought I was as soon as pranking him.”
Nonetheless when the A-listener did certainly call in to SPIN 1038 via video-hyperlink on Wednesday morning, Mr O’Reilly realised it was as soon as no prank, and informed the actor: “I feel admire I’m about to throw up.”
“I was as soon as factual flinging phrases at Matt,” he stated of his interviewing approach.
“I knew Matt Damon was as soon as in Dalkey, however I in no arrangement anticipated we would get him on the present.”
He described the interview as “the conventional story of the mountainous man with the dream”.
Mr O’Reilly outlined that he first heard Damon had flown into Dublin with his wife, Luciana Barrosa, and their younger other people in early March to movie Ridley Scott’s novel movie The Closing Duel.
Nearly straight away, production was as soon as shut down beneath Covid-19 restrictions and the actor and his family accept as true with been dwelling in Formula 1 huge title Eddie Irvine’s dwelling ever since.
‘Not going to happen’
Mr O’Reilly heard of members of the public who had spotted or met Damon and invited them on his present.
“I started getting other people on the present who had met Matt Damon either jogging, in a park, or seeing him swim, however your complete tales had been no longer main us any closer, they had been factual interesting tales,” he stated.
“We did it for with regards to six weeks and then I approved defeat. I stated: ‘It be no longer going to happen.'”
When he did lastly call in, Damon informed the presenters he had heard the attraction whereas riding in Dublin a month ago.
“I was as soon as in the car with my younger other people and I heard you talking about all this stuff, and you guys gave the amount to call in,” he stated.
“And I was as soon as searching to memorise the amount, and then I walked into the home and my wife started talking about something and I completely forgot your amount.”
Since then, at any time when the Bourne Identity huge title had been being attentive to the field in the car he had listened out for the amount.
Then his wife informed him to leer SPIN 1038 up on-line.
“She’s admire: ‘You’re such an fool, factual admire leer up their amount, you invent no longer want to wait on for them to relate it!'”
He also informed the radio hosts that U2 frontman Bono – who lives nearby – talked about the attraction to him.
“He stated to me final week: ‘ there is a radio field that’s shopping for you.'”
“I was as soon as admire: ‘I for certain gotta computer screen these guys down, I gotta call into that present. It be gone on too lengthy.'”
Mr O’Reilly joked that he had beforehand been kicked out of a Dalkey residents’ Facebook neighborhood after sharing his attraction with the locals.
Sightings of the actor had been increasing a mosey in the home for weeks. Dublin mum Siobhan Berry spotted him after a family swim with her younger other people and asked for a teach.
The photograph of Damon keeping bags from a properly-acknowledged Irish supermarket chain was as soon as widely shared on social media.
She and her husband on the beginning build agreed no longer to portion the photograph publicly, however after listening to the interview, she modified her mind.
“It is doubtless you’ll presumably well maybe presumably accept as true with considered this photograph doing the rounds of late,” she tweeted.
Damon confirmed to the SPIN 1038 presenters that the Elegant Label bags he was as soon as carrying contained towels, no longer cans of beer, as some had urged.
In the 15 minute interview, the Contagion huge title stated his eldest daughter Alexia – who had remained in Unique York the build she was as soon as attending college – shriveled coronavirus at an early stage of the pandemic, however “obtained via it beautiful”.
“We’ve obtained the three youthful ones and our oldest one, we are going to reunite with her on the tip of the month… however every person’s okay,” he stated.
He also described the skills of being in lockdown in Dalkey as being “admire a fairy story”.
“I will gape why all these [Dalkey residents], you admire after we came in they had been admire properly Bono lives over there and Enya lives over there…”
He stated he felt guilty that that his family, who had introduced academics with them to Eire so their younger other people might presumably well maybe also very properly be trained right via filming, had been finding the lockdown so stress free.
“Yes you’ll need to cease within two kilometres of your internet page, however in two kilometres of right here, there is trees and woods, there is ocean… I will’t judge of any internet page you’d pretty be in a two kilometres radius. I thought it was as soon as incredible two months ago, however now it’s lustrous… it’s ridiculous.”
He stated that as soon as “the sector rights itself”, he’ll plug reduction to filming.
“I in actual fact accept as true with a minimum of a pair of months more right here. Who’s conscious of what the sector goes to leer admire [at that stage].”