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Matt Damon has some harsh words for the director of the new Bourne movie

Dec. 14, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Next year, the BOURNE franchise will continue without Matt Damon as Jeremy Renner takes over the franchise in THE BOURNE LEGACY. While Renner won't be playing Jason Bourne, Damon admits he was a little shocked by the news. "It was a surprise," he told GQ in a recent interview, possibly still pissed he found about the reboot while surfing online. And that's not all Damon had to say.

As he started talking about Tony Gilroy, the co-writer of the BOURNE trilogy and director of LEGACY, Damon had some harsh words. At issue was Gilroy's draft of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. Apparently Gilroy struck a deal with Universal where he'd get paid "an exorbitant amount of money" (according to Damon) for one draft with no studio notes and no rewrites, a script Damon calls "unreadable." Oh, do tell, Matt Damon.

"This [was] a career-ender. I mean, I could put this [script] 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."

During shooting, Damon, director Paul Greengrass, and writers Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi worked tirelessly to get the script into shape on a daily basis and what really pisses the actor off is that despite all that, Gilroy filed a claim with the WGA to receive sole writing credit on the film. (GQ describes Damon as "disgusted" while he discusses it.)

If you think it was a dick move for Damon to call out Gilroy publicly, you're not alone. Damon thinks so too. Just as the magazine was set to go to print, Damon called the author and explained his outburst saying, "My feelings were hurt. That's all... This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is fucking stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."

I didn't think it was that douchey (if anything, Gilroy sounds like a douche) but I appreciate Damon's ability to check himself and realize when he's acting a little douchey. Too few actors have that self-awareness.

All this said, Damon says he's excited to see what Renner does with LEGACY and he's hoping for the film to succeed because he would like to return to the franchise one day. Just probably not with Tony Gilroy writing the script.

Source: GQ

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9:01PM on 01/06/2012
Call someone out when their being a dick. Such a pathetic PC world when you have to keep crap like that behind closed doors. He should have finished the GQ interview by telling Gilroy to go fuck himself.
Call someone out when their being a dick. Such a pathetic PC world when you have to keep crap like that behind closed doors. He should have finished the GQ interview by telling Gilroy to go fuck himself.
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12:54AM on 12/15/2011
Love Matt Damon. One of the most professional and best actors working today.

The Adjustment Bureau is a good, underrated film. I suggest everyone to check it out if you have not seen it yet and if you have and didn't like it, watch it again and give it a chance.
Love Matt Damon. One of the most professional and best actors working today.

The Adjustment Bureau is a good, underrated film. I suggest everyone to check it out if you have not seen it yet and if you have and didn't like it, watch it again and give it a chance.
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11:21PM on 12/14/2011

Whatever

I love the Bourne movies and wish Damon was going to still be in them. I also think Renner is ridiculously awesome. If Damon's wish came true and we got another film with Damon's Bourne vs. Renner's (Insert Agent name)? I know I'd be in a seat.

As for this stuff with the writers? I don't care.
I love the Bourne movies and wish Damon was going to still be in them. I also think Renner is ridiculously awesome. If Damon's wish came true and we got another film with Damon's Bourne vs. Renner's (Insert Agent name)? I know I'd be in a seat.

As for this stuff with the writers? I don't care.
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8:09PM on 12/14/2011
Damon: "Hey Gilroy, how you like them apples!"
Damon: "Hey Gilroy, how you like them apples!"
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7:47PM on 12/14/2011
Met matt damon, he is a great guy. Should he be airing his personal laundry...no, but we are on a movie site sometimes for insight dirt, and this is definitely it. Plus if Gilroy was just looking for a payoff while giving a f**k you to the studios, he deserves a little public shame.
Met matt damon, he is a great guy. Should he be airing his personal laundry...no, but we are on a movie site sometimes for insight dirt, and this is definitely it. Plus if Gilroy was just looking for a payoff while giving a f**k you to the studios, he deserves a little public shame.
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6:15PM on 12/14/2011

Meh

Damon is a jackass. Good actor for the types of roles he takes on, but not really someone I ever think exudes charisma or does really daring stuff. I did think "The Informant!" was pretty inspired, though.
Damon is a jackass. Good actor for the types of roles he takes on, but not really someone I ever think exudes charisma or does really daring stuff. I did think "The Informant!" was pretty inspired, though.
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5:58PM on 12/14/2011
CMON VINCE

IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN
CMON VINCE

IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN
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5:55PM on 12/14/2011
Gotta love Matt Damon for that. A real stand up guy. He'll always get my vote...

Despite We Bought A Zoo.
Gotta love Matt Damon for that. A real stand up guy. He'll always get my vote...

Despite We Bought A Zoo.
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3:59PM on 12/14/2011
Do people actually go see Matt Damon movies?
Do people actually go see Matt Damon movies?
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3:21PM on 12/14/2011
Even when humble somehow Damon comes off arrogant.
Even when humble somehow Damon comes off arrogant.
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2:38PM on 12/14/2011
I like Damon the actor but I always got a douche vibe from him in recent years, almost like he felt he knew more than anyone else around him.
I like Damon the actor but I always got a douche vibe from him in recent years, almost like he felt he knew more than anyone else around him.
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2:01PM on 12/14/2011
I'm guessing someone called up Damon and said listen you little douche keep your comments to yourself.
I'm guessing someone called up Damon and said listen you little douche keep your comments to yourself.
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1:08PM on 12/14/2011
Meh.
Meh.
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12:08PM on 12/14/2011
MATTT DAMMOONN
MATTT DAMMOONN
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12:04PM on 12/14/2011

BO is not MF

I like Damon. This writer sounds like a chancer. But Damon should stop supporting presidential nominee 'chancers' and keep his 'star power influence' out of politics - like Harrison.
Remember, BO is not MF and MF is not actually God.
I like Damon. This writer sounds like a chancer. But Damon should stop supporting presidential nominee 'chancers' and keep his 'star power influence' out of politics - like Harrison.
Remember, BO is not MF and MF is not actually God.
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9:51AM on 12/14/2011
I am neutral on this, it all comes down to what was actually written. I know the two other writers were hard at work with rewrites, and Gilroy is an excellent writer as well. I know Damon will soon hopefully come back, and as for Gilroy writing the script will be middle. If Greengrass does come back as well, that means that either all three writers will come back or Damon could pen it himself as well.
I am neutral on this, it all comes down to what was actually written. I know the two other writers were hard at work with rewrites, and Gilroy is an excellent writer as well. I know Damon will soon hopefully come back, and as for Gilroy writing the script will be middle. If Greengrass does come back as well, that means that either all three writers will come back or Damon could pen it himself as well.
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9:41AM on 12/14/2011
huh, have to admit im disappointed if this is true. michael clayton is one of my all time faves and find it hard to believe he's capable of an 'unreadable'script
huh, have to admit im disappointed if this is true. michael clayton is one of my all time faves and find it hard to believe he's capable of an 'unreadable'script
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9:44AM on 12/14/2011
John Hughes suffered the same problem later in his career.
John Hughes suffered the same problem later in his career.
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9:25AM on 12/14/2011

ah well

he'll get over it, cause that's what bro's do!
he'll get over it, cause that's what bro's do!
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