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OTRC: Matt Damon talks 'Elysium,' wearing 25-lb costume: 3 highlights

Matt Damon appears in scenes from the 2013 movie 'Elysium.' / Matt Damon talks to OTRC.com about the movie in August 2013. (Sony Pictures Entertainment / OTRC)

Matt Damon stars in the new sci-fi film "Elysium," which sees his character wearing a powerful exoskeleton that's drilled into his head.

"Elysium" is set in the year 2154, when the wealthy live on a high-tech, utopian space station named Elysium, while the rest of the humans live on an overpopulated, miserable Earth filled with crime, disease and hopelessness. Damon plays an ex-con and factory worker man who contracts a deadly disease that gives him five days to live.

He hopes to somehow get to Elysium, where they have pods that cure ailments. Part of the plan involves wearing an exoskeleton that's physically connected to his brain, so that he can download information. He aims to reboot Elysium's computer system so that non-residents can register as eligible for the advanced healthcare and other benefits their rich counterparts enjoy.

Damon, 42, talked to OTRC.com about the movie, which hits theaters on Aug. 9 and was directed by Neill Blomkamp, who helmed the 2009 hit "District 9." Check out three highlights from the actor's interview.

1. On wearing the bulky costume ...

"Neil gave [the costume designers] a few marching orders, which were, I had to have full mobility and it had to be as light as possible and those guys did literally revision after revision after revision of that suit and by the time it came to me, I could move in any direction at all and it was only 25 pounds, kind of distributed over my whole body so that was ... it was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, actually."

2. What he scarfed down after finishing the movie and dieting for it ...

Pizza. Pizza, beer, you know, all the things that I've missed."

3. How being a father helped his career ...

"I've found that since I've become a dad, a lot of my job has become a lot easier, actually. There's just a more available wellspring of stuff."

Watch the full interview with Matt Damon by clicking on the image above. Also, check out a trailer for "Elysium" as well as sneak peek clips!

Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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