Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Spotlight On Matt Damon

The star of ”The Informant!” and ”Invictus” talks about his two new films

Posted on

EW: You have The Informant! and Invictus coming out this year and an Iraq-war drama, Green Zone, set for next year, at a time when adult-oriented movies seem to be struggling at the box office. What do you make of all the hand-wringing over the state of movies for grown-ups?
Matt Damon: It’s definitely a different world than it was a few years ago. Everyone is more skittish right now, and it’s much tougher to get a green light. We’re probably reading too much into it. There’s a tendency to look for trends in such short time frames; Duplicity and State of Play come out and don’t do business and people say, ”This is the end of the movie business as we know it!” Ultimately, a studio’s goal is to make movies that 13-year-old boys want to see twice, so a certain percentage of movies are always going to be big, loud, and kind of dumb — movies that my nephews absolutely love. [Laughs] But the rest of us want to go see movies too.

EW: Has the success of the Bourne franchise given you the freedom strictly to do projects that appeal to you without having to worry about their commercial viability?
Damon: I do very little career calculus. Early on, I saw friends of mine take jobs for those calculated reasons, and it very rarely worked out. I figured it was an impossible thing to control, so I was totally material-driven. But maybe you’re right that the Bourne movies have inoculated me a little bit; if I do one of those every three or four years, at least one movie I make will be seen, you know? [Laughs]

EW: So what’s the status of the possible fourth Bourne movie?
Damon: We’re hoping to make a fourth, but we don’t have a story and we don’t have a script. I assume it can happen, but we have to come up with a story line that’s deserving. I mean, if you see the Bourne character come out and say, ”I can’t remember” again, you’re going to get up and walk out of the theater. It’s like, ”Get over it, buddy — it’s been three movies. What the f—?!”