Morgan Freeman has joked that he did not like working with his Invictus co-star Matt Damon.
The 72-year-old plays Nelson Mandela in the movie opposite Matt, who portrays former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar.
“We don’t get on all that good – He’s got a big head, he thinks he’s good-looking and all that, we didn’t get on all that well at all as a matter of fact,” he laughed at the film’s UK premiere.
Matt – who is tipped for a Best Supporting Actor nod at the Oscars for his portrayal of Pienaar in the movie, which depicts South Africa’s bid to win the rugby World Cup in 1995 – said it was an honour to be starring opposite Morgan – who was picked by Mandela himself to play him.
The Bourne Identity star, who attended the premiere with wife Luciana Barroso, said: “Mandela himself had handpicked him to play him, so everyone knew at some point Morgan was going to to do it. I just felt lucky there was a role for me to be close to him while he did it.”
Matt added that he spent a lot of time with Pienaar to ensure he got the role right – and quickly realised the rugby star’s status in South Africa.
He said: “It’s always really helpful when you have not only an expert but in this case the person which these things actually happened to. As an actor that’s really helpful – it saves a lot of research!
“Hanging out with him in South Africa was funny, because he’s like Elvis down there.”
Plans for a fourth “Bourne” movie stalled late last year when director Paul Greengrass walked away from the franchise and star Matt Damon followed, stating he wouldn’t do the sequel with anybody else. But the actor remained hopeful of his participation in the series, telling MTV News in December, “I think it’s going to happen someday.”
Damon continues to see himself in the role, more recently telling Empire that he and Greengrass are “probably another five years away” from the next chapter. But the next installment may be another thing entirely. Damon believes Universal will keep the franchise alive in the meantime with a feature-length flashback.
“There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,” he told the British magazine while promoting the UK release of “Invictus.”
What such a prequel would consist of is now something for us “Bourne” fans to wonder about. The last film, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” seemed to clear up the character’s origins adequately through flashbacks and exposition. So maybe such a film would follow Jason on his pre-amnesia missions, in which the killing-machine character would be portrayed as more of an anti-hero.
Actually, a “Bourne” prequel seems a lot like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to me. Would Danny Huston again take over for Brian Cox? Would we see an early mission including all the Treadstone assassins? Younger actors filling in for Clive Owen, Marton Csokas, Russell Levy and that guy who awkwardly jumps to his death in “The Bourne Idenity”?
Or, maybe it will just be a romantic comedy about the affair between Jason and Nicky (Julia Stiles’ character). I’m really curious how that relationship could have possibly happened, however serious it was, given what we’ve seen of the characters over the course of the trilogy.
Would you be okay with the “Bourn” franchise continuing with a prequel? A Reboot? What would you like to see in a pre-amnesia “Bourne” movie?
Matt Damon is ditching the successful “Bourne” series, and will not star in the series’ fourth film. Damon, who played government agent Jason Bourne in the last three movies, admitted that the franchise’s future remains uncertain but expects that the next film will be a prequel to the original 2002 “Bourne Identity” movie.
“I don’t know you know. I think it will be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one.
I think we are probably five years away from another one. We gotta get a script. If you have any ideas please call Universal.”
Previously, Damon had said that he hoped to start work on a new Bourne movie in 2011. Later, however, he admitted that he wasn’t sure if he’d sign up again after director Paul Greengrass’ departure.
Damon, 39, would now rather spend his time focusing on directing, but only if the right project comes along.
“I want a simple little human story. Something like Good Will Hunting or something that’s smaller like that. Nothing too tricky the first time.
I don’t know if I’ll be in it. I’d prefer not to be. I’ve heard from other people and Ben told me it’s tough, it’s a lot of hard work.”
Actor Matt Damon reveals why he chose to not to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama, even after he campaigned to put him in office.
”[My wife] Luciana [Barroso] and I decided we wanted to go,” Damon tells the Miami Herald. “But when I called my contacts from the campaign, they just started laughing: ‘We worked on the campaign for two and a half years, and we’re not going. Forget it.'”
“But then they called me back the next day and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got two tickets for you, in the bleachers, and you’ll actually be able to see Obama take the oath. Just $25,000 apiece.'”
It was then that Damon, husband and father of three daughters, said he decided to watch the inauguration from his couch in Miami Beach.
Damon currently has an ‘Untitled Jason Bourne Project’ in the works for a 2010 release.
The Bourne Trilogy has been release on Blu-Ray:
Matt Damon has lashed out at Ian Fleming’s famous British spy, James Bond, currently portrayed by Daniel Craig.
The Bourne Identity actor – who plays CIA agent Jason Bourne in three hit films – said: “He’s repulsive. Bond is an imperialist, misogynist, sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people.
“The movies have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they are doing and they’re going to keep doing it.”
Damon was due to play Eliot Ness – a US agent who is famous for his efforts to enforce prohibition in Chicago during the 20s – in new film Torso, but the movie has fallen victim to the current economic climate.
It was due to be directed by David Fincher – whose latest movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received 13 Oscar nominations – but Paramount Pictures pulled the plug on the project, fearing it could cost more than £120 million to make.
A source said: “Paramount are still keen to make Torso but don’t want it to be an expensive risk so are looking at ways to bring it in for less money. If they can’t make their sums work, other Hollywood studios may well step in.”
Matt Damon gave an interview to his local Miami Herald speaking out against, among other things, Bill Kristol, torture and James Bond. Damon has done his research, having played Jason Bourne in the “Bourne” trilogy and starring in two CIA movies, “The Good Shepherd” and “Syriana.”
On Kristol and torture:
“The small talk — if that’s the right phrase — ranged from which New York Times columnist is the worst (conservative William Kristol, according to Damon: ”He’s an idiot — he wrote that we should be grateful to George Bush because he won the Iraq war. We! Won! The! War!”) to the proper place of torture in American foreign policy.
”Look, the best line about torture I’ve heard came from [retired CIA officer turned war-on-terrorism critic] Milt Beardon,” Damon says. “He said, `If a guy knows where a dirty bomb is hidden that’s going to go off in a Marriott, put me in a room with him and I’ll find out. But don’t codify that. Just let me break the law.’
He also said what he thinks of James Bond:
”They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,” Damon says scornfully. “Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive.”
And he explained why he missed Obama’s inauguration after campaigning on his behalf:
”Luciana and I decided we wanted to go,” he admits. ‘But when I called my contacts from the campaign, they just started laughing: `We worked on the campaign for 2 ½ years, and we’re not going. Forget it.’ But then they called me back the next day and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got two tickets for you, in the bleachers, and you’ll actually be able to see Obama take the oath. Just $25,000 apiece.’ So I’m going to watch. From my couch.”
Not only did Damon campaign and fundraise for Obama, he was one of the most outspoken celebrities against Sarah Palin, calling her “like a really bad Disney movie” and “a really terrifying possibility.”
E! Online is having a voting to see who is the best. (Guess who I voted for?)
Two superspy guys. Two huge actors. So who’s got the edge—Matt Damon’s amnesiac all-American badass or Daniel Craig’s iconic 007? I spoke to both recently and asked Damon—he’s just signed on for Bourne IV—and Quantum of Solace star Craig their thoughts on the secret-agent showdown.
Universal is moving ahead with its fourth installment of “The Bourne Identity” franchise, setting George Nolfi to write the script. Nolfi was co-writer of the third film, which was based on a story by Tony Gilroy.
Though the series is based on the Robert Ludlum novels, the new film won’t be based on a Ludlum title, but rather an original story.
Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are attached to the new film.