December 14th, 2011
06:18 PM ET
It’s not often a movie star will be forthcoming about, say, a bad script, or a difficult director, but Matt Damon isn’t your average movie star.
In the new issue of GQ, the action star goes off on screenwriter Tony Gilroy for his “Bourne Ultimatum” script.
Damon – who played Jason Bourne in the popular film trilogy – is also steamed at Universal for handing Gilroy a sweetheart deal that he thinks almost ruined the movie. Gilroy was only required to write one draft of the script (with no rewrites) in exchange for "an exorbitant amount of money," the actor says.
"It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon tells GQ of the third “Bourne” script situation. "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable.”
He says of the offending script: “This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."
When the script was fixed by a writing team, Damon says Gilroy tried to come back and claim credit. "Before the movie came out, he arbitrated to get sole credit," the actor says.
Ultimately, Damon reconsidered his harsh words in the interview, and said that the disagreement should be between himself and Gilroy. “[S]aying anything publicly is f--g stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me," he adds.
Currently, a fourth “Bourne” movie is in the works with Jeremy Renner (Damon turned it down). The actor says he's "really pulling for this one, even though I don't have anything to do with it. Selfishly, it's bad for me if that movie doesn't do well."
Matt Damon’s latest film is the Cameron Crowe-directed comedic drama “We Bought a Zoo,” in theaters December 23.
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