Heads turned on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus Wednesday as actor Matt Damon went through student orientation with a young man he told people was his nephew.
Steve Smith, a spokesman for UNL, declined to give the new student's name. Smith said Damon, 42, was going through a “typical enrollment orientation.”
“Mr. Damon knows this student and is going through orientation in the role of a parent, or guardian or mentor,” Smith said. “He reportedly is listening attentively to the information about the school, student life and our academic mission.”
Cory Foland, a UNL junior from Grand Island who is taking summer classes, said he and a friend did a double-take when they crossed paths with Damon and the new student.
“We didn't (recognize) him at first but then we took a second look,” Foland said. “(Damon) said he was there with his nephew for orientation. He was super nice and let us take pictures and talk to him. It definitely was an awesome lifetime experience.”
Foland didn't get the name of the young man with Damon or ask where he was from.
Damon's presence at the one-day orientation was low-key, Smith said: “There's been no (fan) disturbances that I am aware of. Although as word gets out, anything is possible.”
Photos of the actor on campus had begun appearing on social media by late Wednesday morning.
Damon's career was launched following the success of the film “Good Will Hunting” in 1997 from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend and actor Ben Affleck. The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work.
For his performance in the film, Damon received nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Damon has also starred in successful films such as Saving Private Ryan in 1998, the Ocean's trilogy, and the first three films in the Bourne series.
According to Damon's biography, he has one sibling, a brother. Damon is married and has three daughters and one step-daughter.
Twitpic from University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Cory Foland: