Rumors started early. They grew. Then, they were confirmed.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln spokesman Steve Smith confirms that young man walking through the Lincoln campus who looked so familiar was who everyone thought he was: Matt Damon.
UNL spokesman Steve Smith says Damon came to Nebraska to participate as a mentor to a young student enrolling at the university.
“It was surprising for us. It’s a pleasant surprise and we hope he’s enjoying his day,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “He’s going through all his programs as we understand it from the anecdotes we’re hearing from our new student enrollment staff. He had gone through much of the morning sessions and was having a good time and was very engaged in these sessions.”
Smith says Damon asked university officials to treat him as they would any other mentor or parent.
Smith says everyone on campus tried to keep at the task at hand, but he adds it did seem everyone was a bit more aware of their surroundings today.
“Otherwise, it’s kind of a typical day, except we have a very famous movie star on campus, apparently,” Smith says.
Damon has appeared in a number of movies, perhaps most recognized for his role as Jason Bourne in the initial Bourne trilogy. He co-wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting, in which he starred. His new film is entitled Elysium, an action movie.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.