Matt Damon Badmouths 'Bourne Ultimatum' Writer, Then Says He's Sorry

Matt Damon Badmouths 'Bourne Ultimatum' Writer, Then Says He's Sorry

Dec 14, 2011

Mark this day in your calendar: an actor had a conscience, admitted he acted like a douche about something, and actually apologized for it (without a push from the studio, or at least it would seem). Bourne star Matt Damon — who is currently making the PR rounds for his newest with Cameron Crowe, We Bought a Zoo — spoke to GQ about the action franchise in a recent interview. Damon last appeared in 2007's Bourne Ultimatum, and according to THR the actor was not happy with the film's script. He called out screenwriter Tony Gilroy and Universal for a shoddy business deal over a finished product that he claims was "unreadable." 

"This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left," he told the magazine. In the days following, Damon started to feel guilty about his tantrum and followed up with GQ to explain himself, apologizing for the harsh remarks.
 
"If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared. My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn’t have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f---ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me," he admitted.
 
Gilroy will actually be directing the fourth Bourne movie, which may be a better job for him if you side with Damon on the script matter. Jeremy Renner takes over for Damon in the starring role, a Bourne-esque character, but not Jason Bourne. Was Damon just having a moment of honesty, or did he overreact in regards to the writing?
 

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