Matt Damon on new Nike film, meeting Michael Jordan,

Xavier Roger


The year is 1986. Matt Damon is 16 and a rabid Boston Celtics fan. 

But there’s this Chicago Bulls guy making waves. Even Celtics icon Larry Bird says Michael Jordan is the real deal. Plus he’s got these cool red and white shoes.

But Damon can’t afford them.

“I couldn’t buy Air Jordans; they were out of my price range,” Damon says with a laugh. “But I was a huge MJ fan. Bird was the most ornery guy, but after Jordan scored 63 points against us one game, he said, ‘That wasn’t Michael Jordan, that was God disguised as Michael Jordan.’ That was the green light to root for him.” 


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