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Bourne Ultimatum begins filming
  • An update from the Hollywood Reporter on The Bourne Ultimatum, but why did they publish a story without confirmation of the actor's commitment?

    Bernal may be bad guy for Bourne

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Bourne Ultimatum," the third installment of the hit action series, began shooting this week in Tangier, but it is still without a worthy nemesis for its amnesiac spy hero, Jason Bourne.

    With the clock ticking, an offer has gone out to Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal to take on the role, though negotiations have not yet begun. Bernal, whose credits include "Amores Perros," "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "The Motorcycle Diaries," is currently in theaters with Michel Gondry's whimsical comedy-drama "The Science of Sleep."

    Matt Damon reprises his title role, and Joan Allen and Julia Stiles are also back, as is Paul Greengrass, who directed the 2004 sequel "The Bourne Supremacy." David Strathairn ("Good Night, and Good Luck") is new to the cast.

    The story centers on Bourne uncovering mysteries of his past, which puts him in the cross-hairs of a superkiller. In addition to Tangier, shooting locations include Madrid, Paris, New York, London and Riga.

    While it is unusual for a major production to begin filming without having cast a central role, it is not without precedent. Last year, the James Bond movie "Casino Royale" kicked off its production without either an opponent for 007 or a leading lady.

  • There's a fun interview from AOL's Moviefone 'Unscripted' with Matt and Leo interviewing each other at Youtube, in two parts. With thanks to Susan.

  • An article based on Matt's press junket interview to E! News is here.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    U Tube

    Thanks for inserting the You tube segments -- these two genuinely get along with each other. I can't wait to see the picture!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 3rd, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: U Tube

    Thanks for the Bourne Info. The YouTube Interview unscripted thing with Matt & Leo thankyou for that, enjoyed it. Agree with 'these two genuinely get along with each other' i agree with that - I think They do get along, Funny together bless em great unscripted like it - good to watch. Can Not wait for The Departed on Friday!

    Thanks!! ~Cass
    sasz From: sasz Date: October 3rd, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for posting the links to the Unscripted segments. I really enjoyed watching them. Matt's so at easy during these kind of interviews and he's very funny obviously.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
    I have been reading some reviews for The Departed, and I have heard alot of people comment on how they really didn't like Matt's performance,I hope it's not true but we'll soon see.Just thought I would share what I was hearing.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    There's maybe only one review so far (and I've read just about the lot) that doesn't like either Matt or Leo. Here's just the last three reviews that I've read:

    Sean Burns Philadelphia Weekly
    Damon excels at deception. His gift as an actor is that we can always see the gears turning as he’s thinking, and his Colin Sullivan is one of those overbearing, overconfident backslappers who assumes that if only he can tell the lies loud enough, he’ll eventually start believing them. There’s a chilly calculation in Damon’s eyes as he sizes up every dicey situation, angling for a way out while pouring on the phony buddy-buddy bravado way too thick.

    Toxic universe
    What especially stands out (and what will draw the crowds to the theater) is the acting—a real tour de force, ranking among the finest ensemble casts ever gathered. Both DiCaprio and Damon could land Best Actor nods, and several Best Supporting Actor candidates populate the film. Perfectly cast, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin all contribute faultlessly, but most moviegoers will rave about Nicholson.

    Massawyrm AICN
    Opposite him is Matt Damon, who gives his all - being equal parts charming and sleazy as the underworld mole rising through the ranks of the police force to keep his buddies out of trouble. Easily one of the most powerful performances in his career, Damon forges a character for which he will be long remembered for. What he does with the little moments he’s given, especially towards the end of the film, are magic. Anyone who’s yet to acknowledge Damon’s talent need look no further than The Departed to be convinced otherwise.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm not being biased, either. Matt's going to get some of the best reviews of his career for this movie. (He's not playing a good guy, and many people will dislike his character, but his performance is a different matter - it will be admired.)


    It's driven by great performances, which Marty gets from every member of his cast. DiCaprio is desperate and tortured as Costigan, and Damon shines as the stiff and sometimes pompous turncoat Colin.

    The first half of the movie belongs to Damon, oozing the confidence, charm and false modesty of a master deceiver.

    Damon has said he's pleased to be playing a bad guy, but of course he's playing a bad guy playing a good guy. (He had a similar role, of the charming swine, in "The Talented Mr. Ripley".) What's true about Colin's nature is that he's the man on the rise and on the make, with a practiced smile that can impress the cops and please the ladies. When he meets Madolyn, the shrink, he suavely spouts this apercu: "Freud said the Irish were the only people who were impervious to psychoanalysis." (The "impervious" is a lovely touch — it tells you Colin has rehearsed this line in his head — as is the oenophile's smoothness with which Damon spits out that mouthful of words.) The lies he has to tell to be successful in his job are so much a part of him, he might have ceased fretting about them. Colin left his morals behind in childhood, when Frank took him under his wing.
    Damon's performance is suave and scrupulous;

    But Matt Damon, who “attacks” his role with a more laid-back approach, is no slouch, either. It’s really difficult to convey evil and corruption while remaining so damn likeable.

    With The Departed Damon further establishes himself as an honest to God fine actor – he’s magnetic in every scene and you find yourself rooting for him, even as he never lets you forget that he’s a scheming scumbag. What’s best is that he never has a moment of doubt, he never wonders whether or not he’s doing the right thing. Damon also has a baby face, but unlike DiCaprio his wide body and features telegraph a subtle menace. He works so well in the Bourne films because he looks so invisible while obviously maintaining the capacity to hurt you very badly. I feel like a lesser director would have swapped the roles, making Damon be the cop on the street up to his knees in human sewage and keeping DiCaprio behind a desk. But Scorsese is a master, and he understands that DiCaprio in the field feels vulnerable while Damon’s smile makes him the serpent in the garden.

    James Berardinelli
    Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon prove two crucial things: they are not interchangeable and, when pushed by someone who can direct actors, they can give riveting performances.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    ----"I have been reading some reviews for The Departed, and I have heard alot of people comment on how they really didn't like Matt's performance,I hope it's not true but we'll soon see.Just thought I would share what I was hearing."----

    This poster may be talking about the IMDB users who posted their reviews after seeing the movie in one of those early sreenings.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    I don't know, but the critical reviews are very, very positive.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

    Yes. You are right about that. I am eagerly waiting to read the critics' view on The Good Shepherd. Hope he gets positive reviews and a nomination.
    Thanks for all the updates.
    From: jeff_in_utah Date: October 4th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Awesome reviews, love the idea of Gael

    Wow! Those are some awesome reviews -- thanks for gathering them! I had no idea Matt was getting that kind of attention for this movie.

    And I have to say, I absolutely love the idea of Gael Garcia Bernal as the heavy in Bourne Ultimatum. It may not happen, but I'd love to see it, since they're two of my very favorite actors.

    Like Matt, Gael has also impressed me in interviews I've seen of him as an especially smart and seemingly kind and gracious man, so I think it would be terrific if he and Matt were to work together (although they probably wouldn't have much opportunity to, assuming they'd have few scenes together) and maybe become friends. Matt's such a big-hearted guy, I really like the idea of him hitting it off with other really high-quality people in the industry.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: October 4th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awesome reviews, love the idea of Gael

    Agreed - I love the casting of Gael in the movie, if indeed it happens. I've watched a lot of his films and he's great. As Quint at AICN wrote, it's bizarre to go to press with a rumor though - if Bernal decides not to take the role, he'll still always be associated with it.

    Matt and Julia Stiles are already filming in Tangier, so don't expect Matt to do any more press for The Departed or attend the LA premiere. He's a blog entry of a guy who lucked into being an extra:
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Awesome reviews, love the idea of Gael

    I think Gael will be great in the movie if he does sign. I've seen 3 of his movies and he has been really good in all of them. Looking forward to seeing him in Babel.

    I can't wait until Friday and The Departed.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: October 4th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
    Pleased about those reviews i've read - there great for Matt!

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