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There's Something About Matt

7/19/2006 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After nearly 30 years in the business, Matt Dillon finds himself suddenly at the top of his game.
Matt Dillon
Dillon tells Parade magazine that his Oscar nomination for "Crash" earlier this year "reinvigorated" him both professionally and personally.

Matt's brooding good looks got him noticed at the young age of 14 and led to bad boy roles in films like "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish."

By 1998 he was entangled in a steamy three way with Denise Richards and Neve Campbell in "Wild Things" onscreen and a high profile romance with Cameron Diaz off screen. Regarding their relationship, Matt says "I fell in love. Cameron was a muse for me."

The couple appeared in "There's Something About Mary" together and Diaz became a star. Soon after they broke up and Matt's career took a nose dive as his next four films flopped at the box office.

The 42-year-old began a process of self-discovery which included co-writing, directing and starring in "City of Ghosts." The next year he was offered the career-changing role of Officer John Ryan in "Crash."

All this has given the lifelong bachelor Dillon a new outlook, "I'm open to life now, even to marriage."

Matt currently stars in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree."

Check out the entire article in the new issue of Parade on July 23.
11 COMMENTS

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1.

Catherine    

LOVE THIS MAN. . . .

2982 days ago
2.

Marie    

He is so hot! I can't wait to read the whole article. I wonder what Justin Timberlake thinks about him calling Cameron his 'muse'!?!?

2982 days ago
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...    

Ditto, #1. Have loved him since his teenage days! I don't know that his Crash performance was Oscar-worthy but hey if it makes him feel better about his life and family, good for him. I hope he gets lots of good offers, awards and $ -- he deserves it.

2982 days ago
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theattack    

how can you say his role in Crash wasnt oscar worthy? Officer Ryan is one of the most complicated and dificult to comprehend charachters in recent cinema history, and matt played it perfectly.

2982 days ago
5.

EasyMac    

I've always loved Matt and was thrilled with his role in Crash. Keep it going, Matt!!!

2982 days ago
6.

mary poppins    

Now will you ever settle down and have a family?

2982 days ago

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