Leno brought up the obvious cast with a joke: “I want to apologize to you,” he said to his guest. “I’m sorry I had to strong-arm you to get you on the show tonight.”
As it turns out, the break didn’t occur during a spirited arm-wrestling match between the two showbiz friends. Rather, nearly a month ago, Damon hit a rock while mountain biking, flying off and injuring himself.
“Apparently I’m not a very good mountain biker,” Damon quipped.
Damon did not wear the sling to the Golden Globes — since it didn’t go with his tux — but he made sure to strap it on for the after party, just in case anyone got a little too close for comfort.
During the awards show itself, sticks and stones were less literal. The actor was called “basically a garbage person” by host Amy Poehler, and was later teased by Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy in a bit that fell a little flatter. All in good fun, of course.
As for the accident, the actor summed it up simply: “The bike stopped — and I didn’t.”
Pressing for more details, Leno asked Damon if he was hot-dogging a bit for his co-biker, to which the “Behind the Candelabra” actor admitted, “I probably was showing off a little bit, yeah.”
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