Producer Frank Marshall Reveals He Directed Parts of 'Bourne Identity' | Producer Oscar Roundtable
Star Matt Damon recalls the time the legendary producer stepped behind the lens to direct a scene in the film that would launch a franchise.
Matt Damon has loose lips.
The Jason Bourne series star — whose producer credits on this year's Manchester by the Sea earned him a seat at The Hollywood Reporter's Producer Roundtable — let slip an insider tidbit about Oscar-nominated producer and fellow roundtable companion Frank Marshall.
Damon recounted a tale of how during filming of the first entry in the Bourne franchise, 2002's The Bourne Identity, Marshall actually stepped beyond his producer role to a view behind the camera. "We were way behind schedule. And Frank's a director, so he grabbed a camera and started shooting," Damon said.
The first Bourne film, directed by Doug Liman, was a deeply troubled production, and Marshall, along with screenwriter Tony Gilroy, pulled it back from the brink. Paul Greengrass went on to direct the three sequels starring Damon, while Gilroy directed the Damon-free The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner.
"You're not supposed to be telling this," Marshall laughed when Damon revealed the information.
The actor defended Marshall's decision, however. "It's that whole concept of 'whatever it takes.'"
THR's Producer Roundtable also featured La La Land producer Marc Platt, Jackie producer Darren Aronofsky, Fences producer Todd Black and Silence producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Read the full story here and watch more with Marshall below.
More roundtables featuring actors and actresses, screenwriters, songwriters, directors, composers, and documentary filmmakers will continue to roll out throughout February in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting Jan. 15 on Sundance TV and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.