Matt Damon Calls Tony Gilroy's 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script 'Unreadable,' Promptly Apologizes
UPDATED: In an interview promoting his new film "We Bought A Zoo," the actor refers to the first draft of the action franchise's third film as "a career-ender."
Though he's apparently open to reprise the role of Jason Bourne in the future, Matt Damon is not mincing words about his last appearance as the character in 2007's Bourne Ultimatum.
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The 41-year-old actor, next seen in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo, revisited the subject of his famous action franchise in a recent interview with GQ.
In short, he was not a fan of the script. And in addition to calling out Tony Gilroy, he blames Universal for giving the screenwriter a sweetheart deal that only required one draft from him.
"It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon tells 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."
Damon doesn't have it in for Gilroy, though. He actually felt bad for his comments before the interview was even printed, following up with the writer to preemptively clear things up.
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"If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared," Damon said, referring to Gilroy. "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."
Gilroy takes on the role of director in the fourth Bourne film, which sees Jeremy Renner stepping into the lead role. And Damon added that he's "really pulling" for it to do well.
"Even though I don't have anything to do with it," he said. "Selfishly, it’s bad for me if that movie doesn't do well."
Universal issued a statement, showing support for both Damon and Gilroy: "We could not imagine replacing Matt as Jason Bourne, which is why we're so excited Tony's script creates a fantastic new character in The Bourne Legacy and also leaves open the option for Matt to return.... Tony has done everything we've asked of him on each of the Bourne films, and his work has been a huge asset to the franchise."