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Matt Damon leaves Bourne sequel on the table IF ‘we can crack’ Jason’s next ‘internal journey’

Matt Damon has left a potential Bourne sequel on the table.

The 50-year-old heartthrob previously starred in four films as the character of Jason Bourne originally created by novelist Robert Ludlum.

And in a new interview with Fatherly he revealed what it would take to get him to reprise his role as the amnesiac CIA assassin.

Looking ahead: Matt Damon has left a potential Bourne sequel on the table; he is pictured earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival

Matt noted that he would be amenable to the idea of starring in another Bourne movie only ‘if we could crack the story.’

He explained: ‘I love those movies. It was always about an external journey and an internal journey. And the internal journey was always driven by the fact that he didn’t know who he was and we’ve kind of played that card.’

The action star added: ‘So I don’t know what the urgent internal journey is for the character this time around – if we can crack that, then we’ll be off and running. But that’s a tall order. He’s got his memory back and what’s next, you know?’

Robert Ludlum featured the character in three novels – The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum – before his death in 2001. 

Throwback: The 50-year-old heartthrob previously starred in four films as the character of Jason Bourne beginning with The Bourne Identity in 2002 (pictured)

Throwback: The 50-year-old heartthrob previously starred in four films as the character of Jason Bourne beginning with The Bourne Identity in 2002 (pictured)

Matt portrayed him in film adaptations of all three of the original Ludlum novels, released between 2002 and 2007.

In spite of Robert’s demise the character continued on in a string of novels by Eric Van Lustbader beginning with The Bourne Legacy.

Jeremy Renner starred in a 2012 movie of The Bourne Legacy – but the film was wildly different from the book and saw its leading man cast as a spy called Aaron Cross.

Matt declared in 2009 that he would only do another Bourne movie with Paul Greengrass who directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Sizzling sensation: Matt portrayed him in film adaptations of all three of the original Ludlum novels including the second one The Bourne Supremacy (pictured)

Sizzling sensation: Matt portrayed him in film adaptations of all three of the original Ludlum novels including the second one The Bourne Supremacy (pictured)

‘I wouldn’t do it without him but I don’t feel like he’s done with it totally. I think he’d change his mind if a good script came along,’ Matt teased Entertainment Weekly.

Eventually Paul and Matt did team up for a 2016 film called Jason Bourne that holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 54% but was a box office success. 

At the moment Matt is doing the publicity rounds for his new movie Stillwater which co-stars Abigail Breslin and played the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month.

The film also features French actress Camille Cottin of the hit series Dix Pour Cent – known by the English title Call My Agent! on Netflix. 

Smoldering: Matt noted that he would be amenable to the idea of starring in another Bourne movie only 'if we could crack the story'; pictured in The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007

Smoldering: Matt noted that he would be amenable to the idea of starring in another Bourne movie only ‘if we could crack the story’; pictured in The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007

Abigail stars as a college girl studying abroad in Marseille who is accused of murdering one of her female friends and winds up in a French jail.

She insists that she is innocent prompting her father – an Oklahoma roughneck played by Matt – to head to France in order to assist with her exoneration.

In order to prepare for the film Abigail visited the Marseillaise prison Baumettes and got a feel for her character’s circumstances.

Meanwhile Matt told Fatherly about his experience speaking with working class Oklahomans to better understand his own character. 

Dashing: Jeremy Renner starred in a 2012 movie of The Bourne Legacy - but the film was wildly different from the book and saw its leading man cast as a spy called Aaron Cross

Dashing: Jeremy Renner starred in a 2012 movie of The Bourne Legacy – but the film was wildly different from the book and saw its leading man cast as a spy called Aaron Cross

‘We went down to Oklahoma and hung out with these guys and that was really, really helpful,’ the Invictus star dished.

‘Those guys who work on those oil rigs, that is a really hard job. Not many people could do it. I know I couldn’t. I got out there on the rig and I was like, no, no, no way, not today. We hung out with their families and spent a lot of time just trying to understand that lifestyle,’ added Matt.

He confessed on Good Morning America this week that the Oklahomans he met were initially ‘wary’ of him as a ‘Hollywood liberal’ who might want to mock them.

‘Well just, I mean it’s just such a different culture from where I grew up, you know, up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they were so great,’ he said.

Back at it: Eventually Matt and director Paul Greengrass teamed up for a 2016 film called Jason Bourne that holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 54% but was a box office success

Back at it: Eventually Matt and director Paul Greengrass teamed up for a 2016 film called Jason Bourne that holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 54% but was a box office success

Despite their initial misgivings ‘they realized that the director Tom McCarthy and I were like, we were really trying to get it right, and they saw the story we were trying to tell had a lot of empathy for this guy.’

Directed by Tom McCarthy of Spotlight fame the new movie will get a theatrical release in the United States this Friday.

Although the premise has echoes of the Amanda Knox case Tom has warned audiences not to get carried away with the comparison.

‘I was excited by that case and there was inspiration, but it’s not accurate if you put too much emphasis on it,’ he told the Orange County Register.


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