In the November 2010 issue (on newsstands now): A look at the unlikely friendship between Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood, an exclusive interview with Blackwater’s embattled ex-chief Erik Prince, and why everything you’ve learned about fitness is a lie.
In the November 2010 issue: A look at the unlikely friendship between Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood, an exclusive interview with Blackwater’s embattled ex-chief Erik Prince, and why everything you’ve learned about fitness is a lie.
From Walter Kirn’s The Gunslinger and the Apprentice
Clint Eastwood, tall and silvery and calm, with thinning hair that’s grown flyaway, is dressed in a pair of securely belted dark slacks and an immaculate white golf shirt. He crosses the lobby of a Toronto hotel, headed toward a table near the bar. At 80 and past concealing that fact, he looks like the wise old blue-eyed patriarch of an alternative-history America that has never lost a war or run a deficit. He comes off like a man with few worries and few regrets who lives by the Spartan motto “Get on with it” and has learned to dismiss his animal needs. When a nervous waiter sidles up to ask him what he’d like to drink, he answers gently, “Nothing, thank you.” Is there something he’d like to eat, perhaps? There isn’t.
Across the table from Eastwood, drinking coffee, sits his friend Matt Damon. He’s half Eastwood’s age and perhaps two-thirds his height, but he shares some of the old master’s famed tenacity. He’s also, as Eastwood used to be, an action hero with a brain who harbors long-term plans to use it by making movies of substance and integrity. In a show of affection rare in nature between alpha males, the two men greet each other with broad, sweet grins that even trained actors would have trouble faking.
They’re cute together.
For more on Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood’s unlikely friendship check out MJ’s November 2010 issue, on newsstands now.
From Robert Young Pelton’s An American Commando in Exile
(Erik) Prince’s original plan, created with help from veteran Navy SEAL Al Clark, was to build the dream training facility — a place all his buddies from Norfolk could use. “We needed 3,000 acres to make it safe,” Prince recalls. After searching for a location for six months, he ended up paying $900,000 for 3,100 acres (or about $300 an acre) in Moyock, North Carolina. The swampy, tannin-stained “black water” and the bears on the property inspired both the name and the famous bear-paw logo. By the time the Blackwater Lodge and Training Center officially opened on May 15, 1998, the footprint had doubled in size, to 6,000 acres, and Prince was into it for $6.5 million. Over the next few years, he would invite a number of influential members of the military, FBI, local law enforcement, and even the CIA to visit and play “Blackwater.”
Read the full profile on Erik Prince in MJ’s November 2010 issue.
From Daniel Duane’s Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie
I hate the gym. At least, I hate “the gym” as imagined by the modern American health club: the mindless repetitions on the weight machines, half-hearted crunches, daytime TV during the treadmill. Such a sad, unimaginative excuse for a life, when I could be out rock-climbing, surfing, or, hell, even just scrubbing the bathroom floor. But I love working out the way I’ve come to understand it, and two big discoveries made all the difference.
First, I realized that we all live in a kind of Fitness Fog, a miasma of lies and misinformation that we mistake for common sense, and that makes most of our gym time a complete waste. Second, and by far the bigger news, I finally figured out what gyms are good for and exactly how a man can use them to make himself healthy and fit in the truest sense: strong, capable, and durable in the long-lasting way that doesn’t just ward off chronic disease but actually lets a 35-year-old desk drone carry both of his laughing children up a mountain, simultaneously, and take on serious skiing at age 40, trusting his knees to bend deep and firm.
For the rest of the lies (and exercises that actually work) check out MJ’s November 2010 issue.
- The Best Skiing Ever: An Insider’s Guide to Smarter Gear and Fewer Hassles
- The Nastiest Feuds in Sports by Matt Taibbi
- Scott Conant’s Transcendent Spaghetti (and how to make it!)
- Sports Bracelets Debunked
- …and much more.