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Between horsey rides, Matt Damon and pal write movie

(l r) Matt Damstars as Steve Butker John Krasinski stars as DustNoble Gus Van Sant's Promised LFocus Features release.

(l to r) Matt Damon stars as Steve Butker and John Krasinski stars as Dustin Noble in Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, a Focus Features release. Credit: Scott Green

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Updated: January 24, 2013 6:19AM

LOS ANGELES — When you’re Matt Damon, everything in life is extra large. He tells a story about being on location with no car and a rumbling stomach.

“I walked over to the local Pizza Hut in this small town with another actor and we ordered the Meat Lover’s Pizza,” he says.

Of course, being a star means that you get a little “extra.”

“It came with about a mile of meat on it. One bite and it was like we ate an entire hamburger,” Damon marvels

The Boston native likes to scale it back when it all gets to be too grand. Case in point is his new movie “Promised Land,” which is garnering critical raves. Directed by Gus Van Sant and opening Friday, the film tackles the issues of fracking and corporate interests vs. a small town’s rights to keep its land.

From the start, the film seemed like a lark for Damon and his friend, “The Office” star John Krasinski, who co-wrote the film and star.

Krasinski explains, “My wife Emily [Blunt] worked with Matt [on ‘The Adjustment Bureau’] and we became couple friends. We talked about writing a movie together and I went to his house. He had me changing diapers between writing scenes.”

Being at the Damon house isn’t for the faint of heart.

“I didn’t make him do diapers,” Damon insists. “But he definitely had kids crawling all over him. If you walked into the room at the time, you wouldn’t believe that anyone could write a script this way.”

Their process wasn’t exactly easy.

“We would write and then you take little breaks when a kid would run in. You would give someone a horsey ride and then put the child down, pick up a pen and say, ‘Oh, I know the next line for this script.’

“It was a very fluid process,” he says, adding, “We’d write on those weekends and then go back to our day jobs, but still mark up the margins. We were ready five days later for another Saturday morning session.”

“Our wives were like, ‘You better have gotten something done on that script today,’ ” Krasinski says. “We heard, ‘Don’t tell us, you just hung out for 10 hours having dude time.’ ”

Of course, Damon famously co-wrote “Good Will Hunting” with pal Ben Affleck, and the duo won a screenwriting Oscar.


“Ben’s doing just fine,” Krasinski says of the “Argo” director. “If that’s a bromance, I’m the mistress.

“Of course, I don’t want to be there when it all hits the fan,” he insists. “I don’t want to see Ben storming in here saying, ‘What have you done with my man?’ ”

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