Matt Damon seems like a nice guy, doesn’t he? He’s just got that kind of vibe. Well, depending on your point of view he either proved or disproved that with a recent GQ interview. While the focus of the interview was his upcoming movie We Bought a Zoo, directed by Cameron Crowe, the subject of his third and possibly final Jason Bourne movie The Bourne Ultimatum came up, and the actor didn’t have nice things to say about director Tony Gilroy’s script.
“It’s really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position,” Damon said. “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. 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.”
That’s not exactly the kind of thing a reputedly nice guy says, but before the interview could be published, Damon contacted the writer to explain and admonish himself. “If I didn’t respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn’t have cared,” Damon said. “My feelings were hurt. That’s all. And that’s exactly why I shouldn’t have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f—ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me.”
Hey, everyone goofs and says things out of turn every now and again. It’s nice to see someone in Hollywood try to make nice when not pressured to by anyone. Anyway, the world of Jason Bourne will continue with The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner — with none other than Gilroy at the helm. The Universal Pictures film, which also stars Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz, debuts Aug. 3.