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Matt Damon gets tough and tattooed in the action thriller Elysium

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His head shaved and his body latticed with cheap-looking tattoos, a toughened-up Matt Damon has taken the lead role in writer/director Neill Blomkamp's latest thriller Elysium, which opens tomorrow. It's the year 2154, and only two classes of people exist. While the super rich have gone off to live in a luxurious space station called Elysium, Damon plays Max Da Costa, a former car thief and parolee who, along with other struggling and impoverished people, is left and stranded on a wrecked and overcrowded Earth. 

In an exclusive interview with Life, it's quite obvious that it didn't take much persuasion at all for Damon to join the cast when he first heard about the film.

PHOTO: JOHN RUSSO

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