THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – MATT DAMON (Jason Bourne)
It’s hard to imagine now, but there were those who doubted that Matt Damon was the right actor to play Jason Bourne. As the third eagerly awaited instalment in the series, The Bourne Ultimatum, nears release Damon and the tortured former black operations agent he plays so well are as one in the collective mind of the huge audience waiting for the film
But at the time of the first movie, The Bourne Identity, back in 2002, Damon, as he himself admits, wasn’t exactly flavour of the month in Hollywood. “Basically what you are saying is that it saved my ass and that’s completely true,” he laughs. “The weekend that it opened I was doing a play in the West End (of London) and I hadn’t had a film offer in six months because I’d had a couple of movies tank.
“And the word was that the first Bourne movie was going to tank, because it had been delayed so long and it had so many rounds of re-shooting, and it just had all the hallmarks of a turkey.”