0816_The Many Sides of Matt Damon(1)

This Hollywood star is more than just a good actor

[Steve]

 

[Branden & Chelsea]

Matt Damon is a poster child (good example or good picture) for success with a life that includes hit movies, a beautiful wife and three daughters, and many well-known celebrity friends. Yet for all of his success, Damon hasn’t let fame go to his head, and those who know him insist he’s one of Hollywood’s nice guys.
The young man
Matthew Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1970 to a 
stockbroker father and a college professor mother. When Damon was 10, he met Ben Affleck, who lived down the street, and they became best friends. While attending prep school, Damon got his star in acting by performing in several plays. Later, he attended Harvard University for three years but dropped out to pursue acting seriously.
The new celebrity
Damon headed to Hollywood and soon began landing small to moderate-sized roles, but nothing brought him much attention. Then he and Affleck finished a
screenplay(script) Damon had begun at Harvard, which was made into the movie Good Will Hunting (心靈捕手). The film won the men an Oscar for best Original Screenplay and earned Damon praise and recognition for his acting performance. The film proved to be the door opener (have opportunity) Damon needed to get better film roles.

[Traditional Chinese Translation]

 

百變麥特戴蒙
這位好萊塢明星不只是位好演員喔

     
麥特戴蒙是成功人物的典型例子,他拍過賣座電影,娶了個美嬌娘,生了三個女兒,還有許多名人朋友。不過,戴蒙雖然擁有這些成就,卻沒有讓名氣把自己沖昏了頭。只要是認識他的人,都堅稱他是好萊塢的好好先生。

年輕時期
     
麥特戴蒙在一九七年出生於麻州劍橋,父親是股票經紀人,母親是大學教授。戴蒙十歲時認識了住在同一條街上的班艾佛列克,而與他結為好友。就讀預備學校時,戴蒙因為參與了幾齣舞台劇的演出而開始接觸了演戲。後來,他進入哈佛大學念了三年書,卻為了認真追求演戲事業而輟學。

閃亮的新星
     
戴蒙前往好萊塢闖蕩,不久就開始接演戲份很小至普通的角色,但都沒有引起多大的注意。後來,他和艾佛列克一起把他當初在哈佛構思的一部劇本寫完,結果拍成《心靈捕手》一片。這部電影為他們兩人贏得了奧斯卡最佳原創劇本獎,戴蒙在片中的演出也備受讚譽和肯定。這部電影正是戴蒙所需的敲門磚,從此他才得以接到更好的電影角色。 

[More Information]

[Ashley & Ken]

K: So, is Good Will Hunting a play or a book?
A: Neither. It’s a movie with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
K: Okay, but someone had to write the story before it became a movie, right?
A: That’s true. We call that the screenplay. Good Will Hunting
won an OSCAR for best original screenplay. A screenplay is the written work for a movie or a TV show. Someone who writes screenplays is a screen writer.
K: I noticed that the words screenplay is divided into two words, screen and play.
A: Yes, the screen refers to the movie or TV screen while play refers to a written drama. The screenplay contains the dialogue and action of the movie. So actors will use the screenplay to memorize their lines.
K: We often refer to the cinemas as the big screen. Someone may ask
What’s playing on the big screen?
A: Yes, or you may hear it referred to as the silver screen but it’s not silver. Do you know why?
K: No, I don’t.
A: I know someone who can tell us why. Doris.
K: Oh, good. Let
s listen to her.

D: Although movie theater screens are not silver nowadays. Movies were played on the silver screen in the old days. The actual screen
consisted of a shiny silvery color. The name stuck over the years even though the screen changed in appearance.

K: I see. You know, all of this talk about movies makes me want to go to the theater.
A: Let me know what’s playing on the silver screen.
K: I will.

今天的課文提到Good Will Hunting這部電影,在它還沒有被拍成電影之前是一個screen playscreen就是銀幕,play是劇本,所以screenplay就是電影劇本。而screen writer就是電影劇本作家或者電影編劇。電影也可以稱為the big screen(大銀幕),What’s playing on the big screen?電影院在放映什麼電影?早期的電影用的銀幕是銀色的,因此也叫作silver screen

 

[Liz]

[課文] Yet for all of his success, Damon hasn’t let fame go to his head…
[
句型] Yet for all…, subject + has not… ~ 雖然如此,卻不
*Yet for all
the hospital trips she has made, Karen has never once complained.
*Yet for all
the money he has lost in gambling, Nick has never learned his lesson.

 

[Michelle]

 

Go to somebody’s head (idiom) 沖昏了頭,過度的自負或驕傲。
*Fame and wealth went to his head, and the singer became
arrogant and self-absorbed.
名氣和財富讓這位歌手過度的驕傲他變的傲慢又自私。
*Even though Frank is tremendously(
極大地;極端地;極其;非常)successful, he hasn’t let his success go to his head.
即使Frank極其的成功,他也沒有讓成功沖昏了頭而驕傲。
Drop out (phr. v.) 輟學,退學。
Dropout (n.) 退學者,輟學者。
*David dropped out of school when he was only 16.
David
16歲就輟學了。
*Patricia dropped out of college in order to take care of her mother.
Patricia
為了要照顧媽媽大學只好退學了。
Door opener (n.) 原指打開門的裝置,引伸為開啟機會之門的事件。
*The band’s television performance was
a door opener for their success.
這個樂團電視上的演出為他們展開成功的契機。
Poster child (n.) 1. 典型代表,典型人物。2. 海報上的人。
*Gooding is widely regarded as the poster child for squandering Oscar opportunities.
古丁被譽為浪費奧斯卡獎大好機遇的典範。
*It’s gonna be, like, diversity poster child.
就像海報中的有差異的小孩。
Stockbroker (n.) 股票(或證券)經紀人。 
Broker (n.) 經紀人(他人的代理,如在談判、簽約、購買時的代理人)(v.) 以中間人等身份安排
Brokerage (n.) 經紀人佣金,回扣。Brokerage house/firm 證券交易行。
*an exchange broker
外匯經紀人
*The broker inventoried the bankrupt company and offered the buyer a reasonable price.
代理人將這家破產公司的財產編錄清單,向買家提出合理的價格。
Prep school (preparatory school) (n.) a private school in the US that prepares students for college 預備學校。 
Screenplay (n.) (= script) 電影劇本。

[Vocabulary]

poster child (n) 代表性人物;典型 Rachel is a poster child for good health with her good eating habits and regular exercise. 
go to somebody’s head (idiom)
使某人沖昏了頭;使某人驕傲自大 You won the speech contest, but you shouldn’t let the success go to your head. 
drop out (phr v)
退學;輟學 When Neil’s father became sick, Neil dropped out of college to help his family. 
door opener (n)
敲門磚;進身之階 Meeting the CEO at a party was the door opener I needed to get an interview with his company.

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