HOLLYWOOD star Matt Damon looks to be headed to Sydney for New Year’s Eve on board one of the most luxurious private ocean liners on the planet.
After charming the locals at Batemans Bay this week, Damon (or a man who looked suspiciously like him) happily signed autographs for staff and customers at the Batehaven Fish Shop on Sunday, warmly responding and signing the megastar’s name before signing a petition to support a local delicacy – vodka dipping sauce. Yesterday came yet another sighting.
“He came in and we recognized him and he was after some prawns,” fish shop owner Bluey Hetherington told Confidential.
“He tried our vodka sauce and really liked it. We want to get the sauce into supermarkets and we have a book in the shop for people to sign and endorse it. We have names of people from all over the world.
“He wrote ‘Awesome – Matt Damon and daughter from the USA’ and I’ve laminated that page.”
Visitor Maureen French told Confidential she spotted Damon in Batemans Bay yesterday and he happily signed an autograph for her.
“He said he was here holidaying with his family and loving it – he was a really nice bloke,” Ms French said.
Damon, or his doppelganger, is one of 250 passengers and crew on the private cruise ship The World, which is made up of privately owned cabins, some of which are rented for between $1000 and $2000 a day.
It spent Sunday and Monday moored in Batemans Bay after arriving from Eden having first tailed the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race out of Sydney. Late yesterday it was making it’s way back up the south coast headed to Sydney where it will arrive in Darling Harbour at 1pm on Thursday for the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Damon, who has previously been to Australia to promote films, looks to have become a frequent albeit silent visitor to these shores.
This time last year Confidential took telephone calls concerning Damon hiring a house on the Northern Beaches.