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Matt Damon lends voice to children's show "Arthur" on PBS

BOSTON --Matt Damon is on the big screen as Jason Bourne, the amnesiac former assassin in "The Bourne Ultimatum."

But on Labor Day, Damon will have a much fuzzier role in an animated guest appearance on "Arthur," the PBS children's show about a friendly aardvark.

Damon will play himself, bedecked with bear ears, as part of "Postcards from You," an initiative to encourage young viewers to make their own videos.

"As we were thinking of possible guests, Matt Damon made sense," said Pierre Valette, the show's executive producer, based at WBGH in Boston.

Damon's a filmmaker, he's from the Boston area, he's a young father and the head writer -- Peter Hirsch -- was Damon's classmate at Harvard, Valette said.

Valette said the actor took a break from filming "The Bourne Ultimatum," to tape "Arthur" at a studio in Miami, when an animator also drew the actor.

When the producers were creating Damon's characters' surroundings, they turned to works by his brother, Cambridge-based artist Kyle Damon, for inspiration.

"I thought why not decorate his studio and his home with his brother's artwork," Valette said.

The show will air on PBS stations nationwide on Sept. 3. Check local listings.


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