Whoa! Where did all this come from, Mr. Damon?
It's been almost four and a half years since the theatrical release of "The Bourne Ultimatum," but Matt Damon apparently still has a bone to pick with screenwriter Tony Gilroy, according to The Playlist.
Gilroy himself has never been very happy with the "Bourne" franchise. He never thought Robert Ludlum's novels would make very good movies in the first place ("Those works were never meant to be filmed. They weren't about human behavior. They were about running to airports") and criticized director Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling").
However, due to the massive financial success of the first two films, Universal gave Gilroy the red carpet treatment when it came time for him to pen the script for "Ultimatum." He was given a ton of cash, sanctuary from any studio interference and only had to turn in one draft.
This, according to "Bourne" star Matt Damon, was a mistake.
"It's really the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position," said Damon in a recent interview with GQ. "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."
Wow. As Damon isn't one to talk smack about his colleagues (or about anyone, for that matter), this comes as something of a surprise. Is this coming from some sort of bitterness about not being involved with next summer's "The Bourne Legacy," which is both written and directed by Gilroy?
Apparently not. "It feels like I can swing freely, like a baseball player -- just be relaxed and really do the things that I want to do and not worry, because I know there's another one out there," Damon said.
The former Bourne has since calmed down a bit and followed up with GQ to amend his comments. "If I didn't respect him [Gilroy] and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared ... 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 fu**ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."
And so Jason Bourne goes back into hiding.
We'll have to see where all this goes when "The Bourne Legacy," starring Jeremy Renner, hits theaters on Aug. 3, 2012. Meanwhile, Damon will next appear in a decidedly non-Bourne-ish role in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo," opening Dec. 23.