Matt Damon on the cover of GQ: hot or Photoshopped to look too feminine?

Matt Damon is one the cover of GQ for their January, 2012 issue. As opposed to his sexy Parade cover, which just happens to be sitting on my desk next to me (despite the fact that I’ve already read it of course), he looks rough. Maybe I just like him when he’s not smiling and looks a little surly, but they also Photoshopped his lips pink so it looks like he’s wearing lipstick. Plus his chin looks too long to me. The photos of Damon inside are decent an he’s even wearing a tight revealing t-shirt in one of them. You can see the slideshow here. Matt doesn’t say much we haven’t heard from him before in the interview, but he does dish a little dirt about the Bourne franchise.

Over the years, he has spoken up about public-school teachers (he supports them), the middle class (he thinks they’re getting the shaft), and President Obama (he feels he’s not delivering on his promise). At the White House Correspondents’ dinner this year, Obama responded directly, saying, “Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau…”

Damon tells me he didn’t see that speech live but got thirty e-mails from friends the next morning and watched the president’s remarks online. “I have to say, it was pretty funny,” he says, getting in his own dig: “Whoever came up with it, it was a terrific joke.”

With the Bourne franchise, which has earned more than $1 billion worldwide, he has proved his box-office clout. And then he turned his back on it, at least temporarily. What other A-lister would have walked away from the fourth Bourne film (and an estimated $20 million payday) because, he says, he and director Paul Greengrass felt that the tight timetable set by the studio would endanger its chances of being good?

Damon says they had no choice. “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,” he says, explaining why the eleven-month turnaround that Universal Pictures wanted didn’t feel doable.

He says he’s “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 says he still feels “inoculated” by the franchise—as if it protects him from having to do anything that could be bad for him. “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 says that back in 2001, when the first Bourne movie, The Bourne Identity, was still in postproduction, Gilroy saw a rough cut and got worried. “The word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey,” Damon says. “It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good. So Tony Gilroy arbitrated against himself to not be the writer with sole credit… to have another guy take the bullet with him.” And so someone named William Blake Herron is now cashing residual checks on Bourne, just like Gilroy is. (Actually Damon may have gotten his chronology wrong—one source says Herron initiated the credit dispute, but that Gilroy didn’t oppose sharing credit.)

Gilroy wrote Bourne 2 as well: The Bourne Supremacy. Then, Damon says, for The Bourne Ultimatum, the third in the franchise, Gilroy struck a deal to write just one draft of the script, take no notes, do no rewrites, and get paid “an exorbitant amount of money.”

“It’s really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position,” Damon says. “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.”

[From GQ]

In his Parade interview that was out this Sunday, Damon said essentially the same thing about Obama’s joke about him at the Correspondent’s dinner. He said “Anybody with a sense of humor is okay on my list.” I don’t really grasp the politics of the Bourne movies, but I wonder if Damon is throwing Gilroy or the studio under the bus by admitting that the guy cashed in and delivered a script that was unreadable.

There’s more in the full article on GQ, including the tidbit that Damon and Ben Affleck are working on another script together. We’ve heard for some time that they were working on some sort of baseball wife swap movie, based on a true story. That seems to be on hold indefinitely, and Damon told GQ they’re working on a biopic of an Irish mobster from Boston named James “Whitey” Bulger. Affleck will direct and Damon will star as Bulger. It will take a while before that comes to fruition, though, as Damon is going to work on a screenplay with John Krasinski first.

Here are Damon and his wife, Lucy, at the NY premiere of We Bought a Zoo last night, He still looks weird to me without hair, but I like that he’s rocking it.

Update: As Lainey points out, Damon backtracked on those comments about Tony Gilroy. He called up the journalist and said “If I didn’t respect him 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 f’ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me.”

Photo credit: Ben Watts/GQ and

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  1. Eve says:

    Bizarre. That looks like Chris Pine’s forehead.

  2. Aria says:

    Lucy looks amazing! So naturally beautiful! He’s a lucky guy.

  3. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Nice shade of lipstick in the first photo but in the others Matt’s got a little douche face going on, whats up with that?

  4. JYT says:

    That cover looks like the blandest toothpaste ad ever.

  5. Susan says:

    He looks like a 14 year old in that picture. This is just pathetic.

  6. cr says:

    GQ did a bad job of photoshopping ASkar’s cover earlier in the year.
    This one is barely better.
    Perhaps they should look for a new photo editor?

  7. Quest says:

    They over did it with the photoshop again. Why spoil a good thing GQ why?

  8. Khalesi says:

    yikes, they made him look super gay on that cover. not sexy at all.

  9. Pont Neuf says:

    They have gone a bit overboard with the Photoshop, but more than feminine, he looks like a plastified version of his younger self.

    With that said, am I the only one who wonders why other celebrities are shot down whenever they want to condescendingly lecture the public on solidarity and social justice, while Matt Damon, who is just another Hollywood “liberal” with more showmanship than ideology, is worshipped like a working class hero?

    I find his ‘I’m the boy next door and I could be in your place, but I’ve got millions because I got lucky’ performances, to be a bit hypocritical and fake.

    Matt, people can inform themselves on their own. They don’t need a self righteous movie star to tell them how hard things are, while getting millions for mediocre acting in mediocre films.

  10. Toot says:

    Wow, he does have pink lips, but they made him look like he’s wearing lipstick. Too funny!

  11. pwal says:

    Matt Damon has never done anything for me, so I can’t say whether this is good or bad. But flash-backing onto that Fassy cover, which they totally c*cked up his eye color, I wouldn’t be surprised if this one is a FAIL.

  12. Beatrix says:

    hahaha, love the pink shimmer lip stain effect on that cover :)

  13. Ally says:

    I love his wife’s earrings…

  14. Cathy says:

    What’s with the crooked lip look on his face? Those are some nasty pictures.

  15. Aviatrix says:

    Yeah agree the photoshop job is too fem. I like dirty stubbly Matt Damon flashing that million dollar smile. Still would hit it lipstick or not.

  16. Jenny says:

    He looks like the head cheer leader in some midwestern college, not a man in his 40s. I like Matt, but the “sexy” vibe has never been there for me.

  17. Krill says:


    Gilroy wrote or co-wrote the screenplays. He didn’t direct a Bourne movie until the fourth one. The director of The Bourne Identity is Doug Liman. Paul Greengrass directed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

    • Emma says:

      And I’ll further comment on this: “I don’t really grasp the politics of the Bourne movies, but I wonder if Damon is throwing Gilroy or the studio under the bus by admitting that the guy cashed in and delivered a script that was unreadable.”

      How about a third option … he’s just being honest? The fact is that Universal hired George Nolfi (who wrote and directed “The Adjustment Bureau”) and Scott Z. Burns to do the rewrites of “The Bourne Ultimatum” script, and they literally did so day by day and scene by scene. I distinctly recall Paul Greengrass talking about the ‘cafe’ scene with Jason Bourne and Nicky Parsons that George Nolfi wrote, with the wonderful bit where Nicky Parsons implies that she and Jason Bourne may have had a romantic past (which I think is one of the best scenes in the film).

      The Moroccan location scenes that apparently got the most rewrites, and they filmed during the Holy month of Ramadan. Because of Ramadan, the local crew members fasted all day while still lifting and carrying heavy equipment, which slowed things down a bit. I remember reading that Matt Damon was a bit grumpy on set during the shoot in Morocco because of all the delays, mainly caused by the scrip rewrites. They were in Morocco far longer than planned.

      The rough draft of “The Bourne Ultimatum” was one of the reasons why Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass were given script approval for a fourth Bourne film. They just couldn’t get behind anything Universal put in front of them, and eventually had to move on to other film projects.

  18. Scarlet Vixen says:

    He looks like Eric Dane in that picture.

  19. Turtle Dove says:

    What he said WAS off-line. He shouldn’t have slandered that writer that’s for sure. That writer is directing the new Bourne movie and has a list of good films.

    I like Matt, but this was poor judgement on his part.

  20. The Original Denise says:

    When did Krasinski replace Affleck as his bf? Krasinski is trying break big in films and is making all the connections.

  21. Girl says:

    My 7 year old daughter noticed that they gave Buddy Whatshisface from Cake Boss the same lipstick on his recent magazine cover. I forget which magazine.

  22. Jilli says:

    Smartest actor in Hollywood? That’s not saying much..

  23. Kimberly says:

    do they spray on hair to cover the thinning stuff in the front?

    Just currious because of his lack of hair follicles in the front of this dome.

  24. Amy says:

    Not a fan of Damon, but his wife is naturally exotically beautiful.