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On Thursday, some jokester on the Internet posted an item proclaiming Matt Damon, star of the upcoming comedy The Informant, to be dead. At a press conference yesterday, Damon - clearly very much alive - said he had to call his wife to assure her he was, indeed, still kicking after his publicist starting fielding calls from scores of news organizations (CNN, The Boston Globe) checking to see if the Bourne star still had a pulse.

"All my wife said was, well, that's weird," recounts Damon, shaking his head. "Then she reminded me that the same thing had happened to George [Clooney]a few years ago. What amazed me even more was that the calls we were getting were from [news groups]that were very reputable. I asked them did you even read the story on the Internet? It read like the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The truth of the matter is all these mother [expletive]are lazy [and didn't do their homework to verify if the story was real] There I said it." Staff

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