Matt Damon Talks Jason Bourne

Matt Damon Talks Jason Bourne

Matt Damon has opened up about Jason Bourne, the fifth installment in the Bourne franchise in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

In the interview Damon talks about why he came back for another film, where we find Bourne in the story and why the movie deals with more present-day themes.

Take a look at some of his comments below and check out the first look at the film:


When Damon was asked about why he returned to the role:

“First and foremost, we needed a good story to tell.

“Everyone involved at the studio level really wanted it to happen, but none of us wanted to force it…

“…If there was any strategy we could hit upon, it was to wait to see how the world changed, or to see if anything presented itself organically.

“Mainly, we just didn’t want to mess it up. We were really happy with the three films and if we were going to do another one, we wanted it to fit in with the three films in terms of quality.”

On where we find Bourne in the new film:

“We talked a lot about what state he should be in, and where we came to was that if you found him fat and happy and content, you don’t really have a movie.

“So we talked about how at the end of Bourne Ultimatum, he gets his memory back and it kind of completed that identity journey for him.

“But does that complete things for the character or not? And the conclusion we came to is no – we find him in a very dark and tortured place.”

On current affairs influence on the film:

“Since 2007, so much has changed. There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyber warfare and civil liberties – things that are slowly coming to into the zeitgeist as we start to grapple with what the future is going to look like.

“And so those are kind of somewhere in the stew of our story. If you look at the first three, they are films that are product of the Bush presidency. Thematically, they touch on things people were talking and thinking about during that presidency.

“This one feels like a movie about today.”

And finally on Alicia Vikander‘s role in the film:

“You have to do something great and new, and Alicia is our great and new.

“She plays a new character we’re introducing, and she’s a specialist in cyber. Instead of just the three arenas of warfare — air, land and sea — there’s now this fourth element: cyber.

“The implications of that are huge, and she’s representing that in the movie.”

Jason Bourne is due out on July 29, 2016.

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