Matt Damon’s latest film, Jason Bourne, features the return of his iconic super-assassin. To make a good action hero like that, however, requires just as much from stunt men as it does the actor himself. On Monday night, Damon tried to rope James Corden in to being his stunt double, in order to avoid appearing on The Late Late Show.
Corden was excited, taking this as proof that he and Damon look alike, but the job turned out to be a little more painful than expected. For his first scene, Corden got punched in the face.
“James looks like he can take a punch,” Damon said afterward. “That can’t be the first time he’s been punched in the face. He’s got an extremely punchable face.”
Next, Damon had Corden jump off a building, but without crash pads to catch him. Corden survived the fall (albeit with injuries he described as “shattered my elbow, sprained my neck, dislocated my penis, which I didn’t even know was possible”), and figured he’d seen the worst of it. Damon seemed to suggest as much by convincing Corden to do one last scene, an easy “hero’s walk.” Then he cleared the area.
“Stunt man gets hit by train, take one,” someone announced.
Damon rejoiced, thinking he’d found a way out of his Late Late Show gig, only to be informed that Corden did in fact survive the train collision.
“So that means I still have to do his show?” Damon said. “Damn it.”
Watch the clip below.