Matt Damon covers the August issue of Esquire UK, which just makes me want to hug the people at the American edition of Esquire who made the decision to put Liev Schreiber on their cover this month. Don’t get me wrong, I love Matt Damon, I just think he gets plenty of press and that Jason Bourne will be a hit no matter what. Liev and Ray Donovan need the exposure more. As far as I can find, Esquire UK has not published Damon’s interview yet but my girl Kaiser pointed me to some quotes from the piece reprinted in the Toronto Sun. I like how Damon talks smack about James Bond vs. his own character, Jason Bourne. He’s not afraid to start an action character beef but it’s not like he has to worry about another actor defending Bond. We don’t even know who will be playing Bond at this point. Damon also talks about how playing Jason Bourne in the first movie, in 2002, turned his career around. (I wish it did the same for Franka Potente, I last saw her in The Conjuring 2.) He’s discussed this topic before, and brought it up during an interview on Australian TV earlier this week.
“He (Bourne) is so much more relatable. Think about it. Bond is from the 1960s so has the values of that time,” Matt explained to Britain’s Esquire magazine. “He’s a misogynist, he swills martinis and kills people and cracks jokes about it.
“But Bourne is modern. He’s an anti-establishment figure, he doesn’t trust institutions, he’s going against the system. He has one woman that he loved and when she’s gone he doesn’t pursue anything else.”
Bourne is just one of 45-year-old Matt’s many successes. The Oscar-winning actor has starred in countless box office smashes, but his stellar career hasn’t been all plain sailing. After his initial late ’90s success, Matt starred in a string of flops and admits it was hard going at times.
“I noticed how differently I was treated in the business,” he remembered. “But it helped me to come to peace with the fact it’s not personal, it’s about numbers. Friendships don’t lead to jobs. In fact, friends could lament the fact they can’t hire me because I’m not on the list.”
[Esquire quotes via The Toronto Sun]
Spoilers for Bourne Supremacy
I miss Marie, I really do. I still remember that scene when she died in the water after being shot when Bourne kissed her goodbye. The Bourne scriptwriters did a great job showing how he pined for her afterwards and how he grieved while focusing on revenge. I half expected Bourne to hook up with Nicky when they had an alliance but it was better for his character that they didn’t. I didn’t read the books so I don’t know how close the films are to the source material, but he’s right about Bourne being a one-woman guy while Bond just hooks up with the hottest women around. It always bugged me how Bond didn’t even seem bothered when his hookups got murdered. I’m thinking of a particular scene from Quantum of Solace when Bond, played by Daniel Craig, just seemed stoic and determined instead of shocked or sad. At least Sean Connery was slightly taken aback to find his lover dead from gold asphyxiation. (In fact one of every three of Bond’s lovers ends up dead.) Bourne has a vulnerability that makes him seem human, albeit extremely skilled. Bond is kind of an a-hole, Damon has a point.