It is the radio coup of the lockdown.
When the presenter of a Dublin breakfast programme figured out Hollywood actor Matt Damon was in quarantine in the affluent suburb of Dalkey, he used six weeks tirelessly campaigning for an interview.
It was under no circumstances a critical ask for however, admitted Nathan O’Reilly.
So he and co-host Graham O’Toole were being surprised when Damon’s assistant called to request when he could go on air.
‘I’m about to toss up’
Mr O’Reilly explained to the BBC’s Very good Morning Ulster programme he and his co-host originally assumed it was a prank.
“He reported: ‘Guys, Matt has been listening to the show. He needs to appear on.’
“I looked at Graham and reported: ‘Are you pranking me?’ And then Graham assumed I was pranking him.”
But when the A-listener did certainly simply call in to SPIN 1038 by way of movie-link on Wednesday early morning, Mr O’Reilly realised it was serious, and told the actor: “I truly feel like I’m about to throw up.”
“I was just flinging text at Matt,” he reported of his interviewing strategy.
“I realized Matt Damon was in Dalkey, but I hardly ever expected we would get him on the clearly show.”
He described the job interview as “the common tale of the tall guy with the desire”.
Mr O’Reilly stated that he initially listened to Damon experienced flown into Dublin with his wife, Luciana Barrosa, and their youngsters in early March to movie Ridley Scott’s new film The Final Duel.
Practically quickly, generation was shut down less than Covid-19 limits and the actor and his loved ones have been living in Formulation 1 star Eddie Irvine’s house ever since.
‘Not heading to happen’
Mr O’Reilly read of users of the public who experienced noticed or satisfied Damon and invited them on his demonstrate.
“I started getting individuals on the demonstrate who had achieved Matt Damon possibly jogging, in a park, or looking at him swim, but all the tales have been not main us any nearer, they had been just intriguing tales,” he mentioned.
“We did it for practically 6 weeks and then I recognized defeat. I mentioned: ‘It’s not heading to transpire.'”
When he did lastly connect with in, Damon instructed the presenters, he experienced read them in the vehicle a thirty day period ago.
“I was in the motor vehicle with my little ones and I listened to you speaking about all this stuff, and you men gave the variety to get in touch with in,” he stated.
“And I was hoping to memorise the range, and then I walked into the dwelling and my wife began conversing about a thing and I totally forgot your amount.”
Because then, every single time the Bourne Id star experienced been listening to the station in the motor vehicle he experienced listened out for the amount.
Then his spouse advised him to look SPIN 1038 up on line.
“She’s like: ‘You’re these an fool, just like glimpse up their amount, you do not have to wait for them to say it!'”
He also told the radio hosts that U2 frontman Bono – who life close by – talked about the attractiveness to him.
“He explained to me last 7 days: ‘You know you will find a radio station that’s wanting for you.'”
“I was like: ‘I really gotta monitor these fellas down, I gotta call into that show. It is long gone on as well prolonged.'”
Mr O’Reilly joked that he experienced previously been kicked out of a Dalkey residents’ Facebook group after sharing his appeal with the locals.
Sightings of the actor had been developing a stir in the region for weeks. Dublin mum Siobhan Berry noticed him following a relatives swim with her kids and requested for a image.
The photograph of Damon holding bags from a nicely-recognized Irish supermarket chain was commonly shared on social media.
She and her husband at first agreed not to share the photo publicly, but soon after hearing the interview, she transformed her mind.
“You may perhaps have observed this photograph accomplishing the rounds of late,” she tweeted.
“As he confirmed on the radio, he was keeping a bag of moist swim equipment and towels – not cans!!”