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About (Late) Last Night: Matt Damon tries, fails to buy wine with John Krasinski [Video]

March 2, 2011 |  6:17 am


Twelve years after shooting to fame with "Good Will Hunting," Matt Damon remains one of Hollywood's most likable, seemingly level-headed actors. But, as he made clear on Tuesday night's "Tonight Show," even he has his less-than-gracious moments.

Damon told Jay about a frustrating confrontation at a wine store. Damon had invited his "Adjustment Burueau" costar Emily Blunt and her husband, John Krasinski of "The Office," over for dinner. The men popped out to grab a bottle of wine, and that's when the trouble began. When Damon found an unusual wine for sale, he decided to buy an entire case of the $100 bottles and plunked down his credit card.

But the clerk at the wine store wouldn't accept Damon's credit card, and insisted he pay in cash. The actor balked at the suggestion, saying he didn’t walk around with loads of cash. "What am I, like, Mike Tyson?"  He and Krasinski returned home, empty-handed, but Damon was unable to put the episode behind him. The stubborn clerk had "engaged my most petty side," and he was determined to prove a point: He wasn't just any old schmo trying to buy wine, he was Matt Damon, movie star.

As anyone who's seen an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" can tell you, attempts to redress minor slights like these are rarely ever productive. Damon's plan -- involving a DVD and a copy of an obscure European magazine -- was no exception. Watch for yourself and find out.

-- Meredith Blake