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.
Quit watching Damon after 2nd Bourne film, when he became another loud mouthed blathering fool, raving on his political views as if anyone cared what he thought except for him.
Another over-privileged kid spouting off. Ok, I realize acting is a craft, and not everyone can get up and do it. It's time actors and producers realized the same thing about WRITERS. Usually authors get the raw end of the deal in ANY movie adaptation – their stories bent all out of shape to accommodate what producers THINK the audience will bear. Gilman won this time. Good for him.
Craft? Anyone who can read can act. Even 4 yr olds' can repeat a line. The proof is out there in what you see.
You do realize Damon is an Oscar winner. He didn't win for acting either. He won for writing!
You are just an actor. That's it. Just an actor. Play your role. Do what you are told. That is your job. You were hired to read the script, memorize it, and then act what you feel how the director tells you what he wants. That's all. Keep your mouth shut, do your job, and move on. You only hurt yourself when you stick your foot where it doesn't belong. End of story. CUT TO: Lonley boy walking down the beach with cut off jean shorts with his hands in his pocket and looking at the ground.
His ego is really start to annoy. Just because he looks good on camera doesn't mean that he should voice an opinion.
looks good? Since when? His 'looks' are far from leading man.
Oh please. All you Damon-haters have NO clue as to how stuff works in Hollywood. Since months of his life were contractually locked up with this film, he had EVERY right to be THOROUGHLY p.o.'d that a sub-standard script was handed to him. Plus, he is an AWFULLY smart guy, won an Oscar for writing. The guy has high standards, and that's exactly right, especially considering that it's his duty to deliver a film worth the price of admission.
You just called him smart because he is a one hit wonder.
You go Matt!!! I think he has a future as a Mel Gibson wannabe.
Matt Damon is a moron playing the part of an idiot.
This is a good thing – with all the self righteous BS that comes out of hollywood we could box it up and ship it to Haiti so they could fertilize their crops and not starve to death.
Tough when hollywood finally goes for the final $ kill. Matt's too good an actor to put his name on schlock.
It wasn't the writing that made the movie terrible. It was the damn shakey camera. Two people having a conversation should not have the camera twitching and zooming into everything every 2 seconds. Out of all of them, Ultimatum is the most unwatchable.
It is unfortunate that when some people become a success, they turn around and bite the fingers that fed them. The Bourne movies MADE Matt Damon. Before then, he was not so well known. Those movies he made opened the doors for other movie roles for him. I think he made a big mistake refusing to do the 4th Bourne movie. He owes that to his fans. He is talking too much and begginning to annoy people. I too used to like him a lot, but now he is getting on my nerves. He is indirectly wishing the 4th Bourne will fail. If it does well, he'll regret not doing it.
Wow, lots of idiots commenting on a process they know nothing of. If a script blows, it's often being backed by someone with more $ than sense. That's typical of Hollywood. Good for Damon for having the guts to have an opinion.
waa waa waa , Mr. Damon and all his hollywood idiots are always crying about something. Take you're Millions an STFU.
I used to be a fan of Matt Damon. Until I saw what a a hole he was to a reporter who asked him about his mother and her teaching career. Don't shoot the messenger. What a know-it-all. Don't like him at all anymore.
I saw that interview as well and there was absolutely nothing wrong with what he said or how he responded.
Matt Damon tends to shoot his mouth off. He says things & takes them back, making sure he gets it out there but doesn't have to take any of the backlash from it. Why? Maybe he's a mouthy little coward, or maybe it has something to do with his weird upside down smile.
Matt Damon is a competent actor. I enjoyed all 3 Bourne movies but admittedly the first two were much better than the 3rd. I think poor old Matt is kinda taking what work he can right now – his last few movies have been a bit ordinary and didn't do well at the box office so I can't see how a failed Bourne movie could be bad for him unless he was already standing at the edge of an abyss. And with a movie like 'We Bought A Zoo', I think he very well could be. Tray Parker and Matt Stone I think pretty well saw Matt Damon for what he was when they threw together 'Team America – World Police' . Matt needs to do a part as a raw,unprincipled villain now and break out of his sanctimony. Might make him a better actor.
... He turns down bourne 4, but took a script called "we bought a zoo" ... Uh... ok...
Matt Damon is a bankable actor, a professional who gives his 100% in every movie he signs up for. In doing so, he expects everyone else associated with the movie to be professional and to give 100%. This used to be a trait of American labor but no longer. So in that respect, Damon is a throwback; he is old school. He is a solid actor with good range. Furthermore, as one poster noted, he is loyal and committed. It certainly doesn't hurt that he is intelligent, capable, and unafraid to step out front to voice his opinions. Good Will Hunting was a wonderful script and well acted. Both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were excellent in the movie. If you think Affleck's career is in the toilet, you are wrong. See The Town, a very good movie. He does a terrific job there. Too many of the posters at this thread are amateurs with little, if any, knowledge of acting or the movies. They just like to be moronically cantankerous.
For God's sake people, HE BOUGHT A ZOO! He's obviously got a lot on his mind. Sweeping the monkey cage, tossing a few steaks to the lions. It just got to him.
If you belive Matt Damon (co)wrote Good Will Hunting, I have an investment opportunity for you in a bridge I recently acquired.
Dont worry about writers, and instead go support the torture of innocent animals some more, damon you jerk. i used to like you, until i saw you supporting and enjoying bulls being tortured to death.
I always knew Matt Damon would turn into a handsome woman.
I used to be a huge Matt Damon fan but some of the things he has said in the last years have totally turned me off. Now I know he does some good things with his money. So why can't he just shut up and let is actions speak. He is making such a fool out of himself.
Mat didn't mind taking the money to play the part.
When you're making that dough, part of the deal is to roll with the crap. It's an ugly business whenever major bucks are involved. You can't play the game and profit handsomely from the game, and then complain about the game. Damon's a fine actor, but please don't go all Russell Crowe on us, Matty!
DAMON'S JEALOUS OR HE WANTS MORE MONEY AND THAT'S IT....DAMON YOUR NO CARY GRANT, JIMMY STEWART, GREGORY PECK ...GET THE STEPPIN
The Bourne movies are the best thrillers ever made. I bought the blu-ray trilogy. The original writer must have done something right. Without Damon, the next Bourne may not be nearly as successful but I hope that it is.
The books were way better than the movies anyway. Not the ones written after Ludlum died, but the first three written before. The first movie didn't do the book justice, and the movies after that had no resemblence to the books except for Bourne's character.
So, he spews out all the junk first, THEN decides to shut up?
What's funny is that Matt did the movie even though I suspect he knew at the time it was gonna suck. Most fine actors read the scripts before they agree to do the movie.
he spits, swallows and blasts– but the real question is does he brush his teeth afterward!@?
Matt Damon should be applauded for pointing out that greed for money and neglect of delivering quality writing of the script was a huge issue for the Bourne Ultimatum movie! Today's movies consist of 99% horrible scripts funded to barely (or not) making the invested monies back. Not to forget: wasting quality acting of good actors!! Focusing on quality of work is honorable. Shame on the many commenters who use this forum to be offensive with distasteful remarks about Matt Damon! The issue here is the importance of the quality of a script – not Matt Damon.
Then give the money back, shut up and quit making a dork of yourself in public. You know, the general public rally isn't interested in an entertainer as a person...so shut up and act.
When he is not acting it seems all this person does is whine.
Jason Bourne is a pansy.
Woa! He really messed up. You don't do that (as he said himself). THis will haunt him for the rest of his days. It's one thing to trash somebody to a friend, which is bad enough (it comes back to bite you), but to the public? This guy is a joke. Having said that, if it was me, in moments of weakness I would mess up, more than once, and once it's done you can't put the genie back in the bottle.
Well, I think Damon knows what he is talking about. At least the man has won an Oscar for his writing. Gilroy wrote POS such as "Proof of Life", "Armegedon", and "The Cutting Edge." No matter what you think of Damon, Gilroy sucks more. A lot more.
Yeah, and i'll bet your scripts are better. LOL (maybe in your mind)
Pretty funny to hear an actor who gets paid $20 million for a movie complain that a writer is overpaid.
Don't forget, though, Matt Damon co-wrote "Good Will Hunting," so he actually kind of knows what he's talking about. I think he meant that the Bourne script wasn't up to par, but the writer just took the money and ran rather than give it his best effort. I don't think Damon meant to imply that writers are overpaid.
It's kind of telling that he spoke out about this and probably embarrassed the studio (and more importantly the MONEY) behind the Bourne series and then they cast another actor for the latest one and suddenly here comes Matt Damon being apologetic.
Go figure, eh? It's a miracle!
It's rather refreshing to hear an actor tell it as he sees it, rather than the usual fear of offending that binds Hollywood. They won't even tell the truth about pedophiles in case it might hurt their careers, and so the pedophiles are free to keep preying on children, for cryin' out loud.
He's not a very good actor. Maybe he could try writing a while.
It's refreshing to hear someone actually say what they want and not edit it down for political reasons. Sure he has the advantage of celebrity allowing him to say these things without killing his career, but most celebrities keep the 2-faced thing even after they don't have to worry.
to the turkey who said ben afflack would take any job.stop blowing smoke.afflack was great in the town.he had a lot of mojo & also directed it.
Yikes! Twerp alert!
Maybe he is taking the character to a new level, what was he running from anyway? Maybe they can find a double and write it into the script.
All the comments on Renner replacing Damon as Jason Bourne are moot. Renner is not playing Jason Bourne, he's playing a new CIA operative named Aaron Cross. Jason Bourne's character is not physically in the movie, he's "off the radar."
Really? So they just refer to the mysterious Bourne character is some lame way, while they try to pedal this new character, hoping it will take. Quite a balancing act: get the Bourne audience, but without the Bourne. Maybe they should bring Marie back form the dead. She's a looker. Have her run around. Run Lola.
Renner seems to be the goto guy for washed up franchises that lose their lead actor after 2 or 3 movies. What's next for him? Batman once Bale washes his hands of it? Always sloppy seconds for Renner but it beats waiting tables I guess.
Does anyone here remember Richard Chamberlain?
Of course I remember Richard Chamberlain! He was a continuing character on "Brothers & Sisters" just last season. As a child, my parents could get me to behave by telling me if I didn't, I wouldn't be allowed to watch "Dr. Kildare" that week.
Richard's is a good version of Bourne, made for tv however, so production is understated
This is a little known fact that the first person selected to play Jason Bourne was Brad Pitt. But Brad Pitt turned it down and then Matt Damon was asked to play Jason Bourne and he said yes. The rest is history.
Matt Damon is self-obsessed and annoying.
Apparently, so are you....
It's understandable there is a whole other side to movie making behind the camera, with all of the contracts, wheelings and dealings, politics and egos. Being the third installment of a highly successful and well made series of movies, the pressure is always on to continue the roll of fortune. Who knows, maybe Gilroy committed himself to too many things at the same time, which is not unusual for driven people to do. I'm sure Matt Damon was just blowing off steam with the best professional intentions. But, as he rightly corrected himself later on, it's probably a subject best addressed directly with Gilroy. As for Jeremy Renner's involvement with Bourne 4, I suspect he is gonna rock, as did Matt Damon in the original series.
I think Matt Damon is correct in his comments, but I think he should reconsider about making the 4th Bourne movie. Everyone know Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. If someone else plays Jason Bourne I believe the movie will not do good. This is like the 007 movies there has been 4 James Bond's. Sean Connery will always be known as James Bond, The same hold true for Matt Damon, he will always be known as Jason Bourne. I suggest reading the "Bourne Legacy" it's a really good book.
There have actually been six actors that have played James Bond in the The Eon Productions films:
Actually there were 7 or more actors that have played Bond:
You needed to include the original Casino Royale (1967) David Niven played him and Woody Allen played 'Jimmy Bond' in the same pic.
I hate btichy, whiney actors who get full of themselves and start believing their own press! Go somewhere and calm the f*** down!
THese guys get pay to much anyhay for doing nothing much anyway let them bicker over irreleventcy. Althought Bourne is a good film.
Matt likes youg gerberls
Duh, well of course the next movie isn't going to do well. YOU aren't in it Damon. If it isn't broken, don't fix it....
I love pooh.
I love poo-poo.
need me some poo
another bleeding heart Dem has spoken
You are so ignorant (and not to mention off topic), it hurts.
Yeah he did good as Bourne, but I think that's one of the roles that could be played by a variety of people. Renner is a great actor and has about the same build and look as Damon, just looks more like a hard ass like Bourne should be. Either way I'll see it.
I like Matt Damon, and the movies he has starred in. I really enjoyed the "Bourne" movies, and the next one might be good, but I just don't like it when they change actors like that. They should not make another movie if they can't sign the guy or lady they previously used, for the most part.
ok wait! The man who is starring in a movie about buying a zoo is complaining about how well (or not) a script is written? Someone explain this to me!
ok...the man who is starring in a movie about buying a zoo is complaining about how well (or not) a script for a movie he starred in was written. you're welcome.
So you've been able to preview his latest flick about the zoo?
You mean that movie that is based on a true story and has yet to be screened to trolls like you? That one? Duh, somebody explain it to me...You're in for a treat; I hear they're now coming out with flavored windows!
I disagree with many of the comments here. Matt is one of the few actors that gets me absorbed in their character every time. After one scene his mannerisms, demeanor, and voice inflections set the character apart from any previous ones. I don't get that anymore with Leo, Hanks, etc.
Agreed. I was skeptical when I heard he was going to do the first Bourne movie, but after seeing it, I changed my thinking.
Matt damon u fairy iam a j off
Renner as Bourne? No thanks. I'll pass.
Sorry, Bud. Jeremy Renner is such a great actor. I expect this movie to be a HUGE success now that people have seen him really show his sttributes – just check out The Hurt Locker or The Town or MI4 and even his tiny glimpse as Hawkeye in Thor. I can't wait to see him in the Avengers!!! He's got what it takes. Crossbows, guns – I LOVE this guy!!!!
WOW – his looks are going down the toilet. RUFF!
I love the "Bourn series", but if Matt D doesn't feel the script up to par I can't blame him for not wanting to star in it. How is he diff. from other people when it comes to making business decisions?? I hope the movie is as good the past ones.
I don't blame him for not wanting to star in a film that's script is sub-par. I personally don't think it will do well because of the main character change in the 4th movie.
He never said the script was bad for the upcoming fourth Bourne movie. He said the original script for the third movie, the Bourne Ultimatium, was bad.
OMG... I LOVE THOS E MOVIES, CANT BELIEVE HES NOT GOING TO BE IN IT... GOSH DARN YOU DAMON UGHHH.... IT BETTER BE GOOD OR IMMA KICK YOU ***
1. Stop yelling, please. Annoying breach of internet ettiquette,
2. So you used the euphemism "gosh darn" but then typed "imma"? Wow...
Congratulations. You actually came off as more of a tool than the poster you were reprimanding.
Ben Affleck would have glady taken that script without any rewrites.
Affleck would take any script right about now.....
matt is cuter though. plus he was the voice in that movie INSIDE JOB.
One of those actors who appears to be playing the same character in different movies. I used to get him confused with Leonardo DiCaprio until his last few films set me straight. DiCaprio is a much better actor and has much broader range and depth.
While your statement rings somewhat true...he is clearly both intelligent and a pretty decent guy. He gets my vote for one of the better ones in Hollywood. He has thus far managed to marry a non famous woman...have children...and not be on the cover of every tabloid every time you turn around for being a total dbag.
I agree with you completely.
My reply "I agree with you completely" was inadvertently sent to "A". It was intended for "Lean6".
True, DiCaprio can act and can do so with charisma. Damon is flat, just reads lines. A bore.
Matt Damon blows.
Does he spit or swallow?
I agree with a previous post which said that Mr. Damon should've probably kept his mouth shut in the first place. Mr
Damon also seems to agree with this sentiment.. Ok, so let's all forget it and leave these people alone..
no, he blasts. didn't you read the subject line?
Seriously? Mat Damon says he doesn't like to talk trash in public but proceeds to do just that. And attacking a fellow screenwriter because he took a boat load of money and ran? What has Matt Damon been doing for the past 15 years? He wrote one overrated, overly hyped screenplay and off that he now makes in excess of $ 20 million a year. And technically speaking, and I say this with all due respect, Damon is somewhere between a moron and an idiot. Without screenwriters I'm not sure if he'd be able to string two sentences together. Tony Gilroyi is a first rate screenwriter. Damon is a second rate hobbit.
A bit jealous are we?
Matt Damon has made a fantastic career for himself starring in smaller, smarter films–he only occasionally does the blockbusters for the morons who can't appreciate. So if all you think he's done is write Good Will Hunting, then you're the fool. And to everyone else, did you read the part where he SAID he shouldn't have gone publi cand it was douchy? Are people never allowed to make mistakes at all in life?
I hate to see the comments anymore from people we see in movies. Most of the time it seems to make them appear out of character for what they are paid for. I have enjoyed thel Bourne triology and Matt Damons role which he did well. Now it looks like Jason will become like 007 with a different actor coming on the scene periodically. Not bad...its worked as long as the writing stands up.
Matt Damon is responsible for the hindenburg crashing. And he laughed and laughed when it exploded into flames. He also likes it when babies prematurely die. But I probably shouldn't say this publicly. This is between Matt and me. It's kinda douchy to talk about how Matt Damon wishes death on infants and blew up the hindenburg publicly.
Don't make fun of hobbits. Matt Damon is not a Hobbit. I have seen Hobbits and they have feelings too. Why not just the usual horses arce comparison?
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