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Matt Damon is the new Matthew McConaughey

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It’s deja vu all over again. The buzz on Hollywood’s current It Boy, Matt Damon, 27, sounds suspiciously like the hype about last year’s Great Young Hope, Matthew McConaughey, 28. In fact, their careers reveal parallels beyond their names.

FIRST TURNED HEADS AS…

Damon: A drugged-out soldier who can’t put the Gulf War behind him in Courage Under Fire

McConaughey: A drugged-out loser who can’t put high school behind him in Dazed and Confused

BROKE OUT AS A MAINSTREAM STAR IN…

Damon: John Grisham’s The Rainmaker playing an idealistic young lawyer

McConaughey: John Grisham’s A Time to Kill playing an idealistic young lawyer

HANDPICKED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG TO…

Damon: Star in the upcoming Saving Private Ryan

McConaughey: Star in the upcoming Amistad

APPEARED ON THE COVERS OF…

Damon: The December 1997 issues of Vanity Fair and Interview

McConaughey: The August 1996 issues of Vanity Fair and Interview

KEPT CLOSE WITH SCHOOL BUDDIES BY…

Damon: Writing Good Will Hunting with high school pal Ben Affleck

McConaughey: Forming a production company with fraternity pals

HERALDED BY ‘TIME’ MAGAZINE AS…

Damon: ”Hollywood’s newest Golden Boy” (12/1/97)

McConaughey: ”Hollywood’s new golden boy” (7/29/96)

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