Matt Damon Talks ‘Bourne’ Legacy in GQ (PHOTO)
On leaving the franchise that made him an action superstar, he said, “If you look at the first three movies, we kind of pounded that idea of identity and amnesia into the ground. We really got everything out of it that we could. So to reboot it, we need to come up with something completely new.”
Still, Damon says he has high hopes for The Bourne Legacy, the 2012 reboot starring Jeremy Renner.
“[I’m] really pulling for this one, even though I don’t have anything to do with it. Selfishly, it’s bad for me if that movie doesn’t do well,” he said.
Meanwhile, Damon had harsh words for Bourne screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who, according to Damon, struck a lucrative deal to write just one draft of The Bourne Ultimatum. That draft, Damon says, was “unreadable.”
“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.”
The issue – which also features an interview with Sarah Silverman about the making of I’m F****** Matt Damon song, hits stands on Dec. 20. Read the full interview here.