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Wednesday
Dec142011

Matt Damon Trashes 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script, Then Apologizes

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Matt Damon isn't proud of how the third Bourne film in which he starred, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, came to be.

He believes the film's initial screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who also penned the previous two Bourne movies and is writing and directing the next flick in the series, mailed it in by turning in a mediocre script.

Damon told GQ, "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in.  It's just that it 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." The final version of the script was written by two other screenwriters.

Damon regretted making those comments, because he later contacted GQ to clarify what he meant.

He said of Gilroy, "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."

Damon will not appear in the fourth Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy, which will star Jeremy Renner.  He said he found out about the project while surfing the Internet, telling GQ, "It was a surprise."  The actor said he is leaving the door open for a return to the franchise one day.

Damon will next appear on the big screen in We Bought a Zoo, opening later this month.

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