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.”
Matt Damon has insisted that he would not want to trade places with Brad Pitt or George Clooney.
The 36-year-old actor admitted that he could not cope with being mobbed in the street on a daily basis like his Ocean’s Thirteen co-stars and he is happy to stay out of the media spotlight.
“I honestly don’t know how Brad does it. He can’t walk down the street anywhere, literally anywhere,” Matt told Empire magazine.
“They’re in Prague right now because Angelina’s working, and he can’t walk down the street. I went to Prague and I didn’t sign an autograph for six months – and it was great! The fame side is not interesting to me at all.”
29 June 2007 – Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) is a high flyer at Yale University in 1939 when he is recruited to join the American secret service.
His hidden life gives him first hand experience of the Second World War and the Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe while his beautiful wife, Clover (Angelina Jolie) and only son, Edward Junior (Eddie Redmayne) suffer in ignorance.
By 1961, Edward is involved in a failed invasion of Cuba. “A stranger in the house” has leaked the plan to the Russians and the search is on to find the double agent. His family life in ruins and his loyalties severely stretched, Edward discovers that friends can be enemies and enemies can be friends.
Matt Damon has sympathised with fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt’s life in the public eye – but is secretly pleased he does not receive the same level of attention.
The Bourne Identity leading man finds it hard to fathom how the actor and partner Angelina Jolie cope with their incessant fame – and is grateful he can travel to parts of the world unnoticed.
He says, “I honestly don’t know how he does it.”
“He can’t walk down the street anywhere, literally anywhere. They’re in Prague right now because Angelina’s working, and he can’t walk down the street. I went to Prague and I didn’t sign an autograph for six months, and it was great!”
The full new trailer for Universal Pictures’ The Bourne Ultimatum is now online and can be watched via this link! Directed by Paul Greengrass, the sequel stars Matt Damon Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine and Edgar Ramirez. It opens on August 3.
“Matt Damon is back again for the third film in the Bourne Identity series which hits theaters on August 3rd 2007. It is expected that The Bourne Ultimatum will have a completely different plot from Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novel. The movie co-stars Joan Allen, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Julia Stiles, and David Strathairn.
You have to love the Bourne series as it brings intelligence back to the Spy film, but at the same time holds no bunches in terms of action.
The latest installment follows Bourne’s journey to Madrid, Moscow, and Paris to NYC and Tangier to hunt down his past in order to find a future, all the while trying to outmaneuver the scores of federal officers, Interpol agents, and police officers.”
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Matt Damon stars as one of the agents who got in on the ground floor of the CIA in the dramatic movie The Good Shepherd directed by Robert De Niro and co-starring Angelina Jolie. De Niro’s second directorial effort focuses on the early days of the CIA and how involvement in the ultra-secretive organization plays havoc with one man’s life.
How difficult was it to give life to a very unemotional character, to make him human enough that the audience will want to watch this guy for three hours?
“I was nervous about that and I think with another director I would have given into my fear and indicated more and pushed it more, and been a little more over the top. The reality was that he just insisted on absolute emotional honesty and subtlety all the time. I think something that I certainly have fallen victim to in the past is, because I’m also a writer, you look at every scene and you deconstruct the script. You go, ‘Okay, this scene is in the movie for this reason. The audience needs to come away with this.’ Which as a writer, you can do that, but as an actor that’s deadly. You can’t think in those terms or else you’re going to end up just pulling faces and indicating, and ultimately losing the movie because people don’t believe what you’re doing.
Matt Damon is planning to work with Ben Affleck again.
The Boston natives and best friends shot to fame when they co-wrote and starred in ‘Good Will Hunting’ together, but after Damon’s career rocketed and Affleck starred in a series of flops, it was widely believed they had gone their separate ways.
It now seems ‘Bourne Identity’ star Damon is considering reuniting the pair.
Damon said: “Ben and I found a project to co-direct that we might be able to get off the ground. We’re just kind of on the hunt for something good.
“Directing feels like a natural extension, having written and then acted for all these years. It just feels like I’ve got to try it.”
Damon, 36, has made millions playing Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy, as well as starring in a string of box office hits, including ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘The Departed’ and ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’.
Affleck recently said he had given up hoping for success after his films ‘Gigli’ and ‘Jersey Girl’ flopped spectacularly and were ridiculed by critics.
However, his latest film ‘Hollywoodland’ has been well received and is being tipped for possible Oscar success.
Although Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon were happy to be working together on new film ‘The Good Shepherd’ they found their love scenes pretty hard to handle.
Damon, who is good friends with Brad Pitt, found it extremely awkward getting hot and heavy with his girlfriend.
Speaking to Good Morning America Damon said: “Doing a love scene with the girlfriend of a good friend is weird. We all know each other.”
However, the uber confident Jolie found things a tad easier, she said during an interview: “In reality both the people we’re involved with couldn’t have cared less about that because they know us. It’s one of those things where it’s like the least threatening person. You know, ‘Good luck to you guys, I hope it’s not too awkward.’
“The difference between kissing Matt and kissing Brad is simple. One’s a friend and one’s my lover.”
The real problem Jolie had with the film was being a victim for the first time, she added: “I realised early on this was going to be the film where I am the weak victim.”
That was a novelty for her co-stars as well, Damon added: “In one scene she had to act so apologetic and just so unlike Angie.”
‘The Good Shepherd’ will be in cinemas soon…