"We made each movie with absolutely no eye to the next," says Damon. "If we had thought, 'Well, we're gonna make three or six or ten, then I don't think we would've killed Marie [his love interest in Identity, played by Franka Potente], because that's something you want to save." Then he laughs. "Maybe we would've let them run around the world for part 2, and held back her death for part 3. But it's a cynical approach to think, 'Okay, this is going to be a big franchise.' We didn't want to do that."
So what is Bourne up to in Ultimatum? If the strong story hook of Supremacy was Marie's death, Greengrass explains, this time the heart of the movie is "bringing Bourne home" as he still tries to unravel the secrets of his famously lost identity. En route, the superspy takes on a new breed of government assassins overseen by a new character played by David Strathairn. Eventually, after a motorbike and rooftop chase through Tangier, Bourne ends up back in New York, where the film climaxes with a car chase through midtown and downtown Manhattan that took six weeks to film. "We've had two really great chases in the previous films," explains Damon, "and they were both stepchildren of the one in The French Connection in a way, and so we felt we had to dare to go back to New York." Greengrass promises the scene adheres to "the Bourne aesthetic," which means he actually shot in the city streets, and the sequence isn't digitally created.
The director adds that even though this Bourne trilogy is completed, he'd love to see the character keep going. "The Bourne movies stand out because Bourne is a real man, in a real world," he says. "And he's in pursuit of a quest that's as mythic and old as Greek tragedy: He's in search of his identity. And when you marry those things together as a Bourne movie, it's a precious thing. It's not just a big-budget popcorn movie — I mean, it's gotta be that, it's gotta work on a Saturday night throughout the world. But if it's just that, it's not a Bourne movie. Then it's just like all the others." (August 3)
Damon goes green after junk mail Christmas gift
Matt Damon is trying to save the planet with an organisation attempting to halt the tons of junk mail delivered to American homes. The movie star has joined forces with website GreenDimes.com in an effort to promote environmental efforts to prevent the trees used for junk mail letters and envelopes from being chopped down. He says, "For an estimated dime a day they can stop 70 per cent of the junk mail that comes to your house. "It's very simple, easy to do, great gift to give, I've actually signed up my entire family. It was a gift given to me this past holiday season and I was so impressed that I'm now on the board of the company." The GreenDimes.com organisation also plants a tree for every member.