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Bourne stills, Edgar Ramirez interview
  • New stills from Bourne Ultimatum are below, with more available at this site.

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  • Filming for Ultimatum was back in New York on Saturday.

  • Here's part of a translated interview with Ultimatum actor Edgar Ramirez from here - Ramirez says the film should have been called The Bourne Eternity (translation errors are mine).

    You have been filming for seven months. Are you exhausted?
    Physically I am a little tired. They have been seven months in which I have been traveling. Madrid, New York, London, Paris... it has been gruelling. The movie should have been called The Bourne Eternity. But it was a very interesting movie. I have been so stimulated creatively, that the exhaustion has only been physical, not mental. I am happy with the results.

    Why was it stimulating?
    It is a character study, of which there are many variables. But Paul Greengrass, the director, always defends the integrity of the movie, and that it has to be as good or better than its predecessors. That is very stimulating. Also it has been very special to be able to discuss with Matt Damon and the director each scene. Defending/discussing your character in a movie like this and to maintain integrity is very stimulating.

    Were you intimidated to be face to face with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass?
    In principle yes, as with any project, it was difficult. The reserve before strangers is always there. But in time we became like a family. They are very open to suggestions. Paul is solid, knows very well what he wants and is therefore very receptive to other opinions. It has been an open process. He stimulates you to defend your character, but he also protects the integrity of the process. Matt is an equal. That makes a successful movie -everyone is trying to make the best movie possible.

    You are the opponent of Matt Damon.
    Yes. It is the part of the trilogy in which we find the true identity of Jason Bourne, the protagonist. Also Bourne has a new threat, a reflection of his past. It is an updated version of the program to which he belonged. One is my character. He is in the style of Jason Bourne. He is a dangerous type, as prepared and as astute as him. A personal duel between both is established. It is not a matter of being killed mutually, but to see who is the best one. Philosophically it is a film about free will, and how the freedom can be expressed. It does not matter how much we try to limit the human condition, it always manages to express itself.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Thanks for the latest updates Felicity. What an exciting summer we are going to have with Bourne, Ocean's and the Rainmaker and Supremacy special editions.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for writing. Yep, good especially to see some love for 'The Rainmaker', seemingly tied to come out just before Bourne.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
    I love The Rainmaker. Matt is fantastic in it and Danny de Vito and Mickey Rourke are fantastic. bit of a Coppola fan I am. Oh, the comment above was from me by the way! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
    Jan (or other Brits out there),

    To go off topic for a moment, are the Brits completely embarrassed by their Eurovision entry, or was that the point? Very, very painful.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 13th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
    You mean you watched it in Australia?! Apparently the UK entry was a tongue in cheek thing. I just thought it was awful and crass. But so were most of the other songs. I only watch because of the BBC commentary by Terry Wogan. To be honest the whole thing needs an overhaul - the UK doesn't get any votes for political reasons, neighbouring countries vote for each other......I think the UK should withdraw from the competition in future. Not embarrassed at all. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 13th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
    Eurovision's a cult television program here - nobody cares about the politics or voting as it's always meaningless, and it's just a fun night of TV. And we always get the Terry Wogan commentary. The telecast is still on here, and the UK is still on 0 points. But my favourites were Latvia, Hungary and Sweden, and they're doing pretty badly.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agree with your comment Jan. Britian, France and Germany finance the whole thing every year. Why do we bother? Love the new Bourne pics Felicity, as they are still filming will they make the August opening deadline? Even if it's being edited as it's being filmed its just two months away? We saw Spiderman 3 last night and I'm now a little nervous about Bourne. I hope Paul Greengrass remembers that less is sometimes more. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 14th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    Agreed with your concerns Marcia. It's especially worrying, more than the exceptionally long filming time, that the budget is reportedly up to $160 million (if correct). It only made $170 million in US boxoffice last time, so they're not going to make much of a profit, which is why the previous ones were so successful.

    Universal's got a lot riding on Bourne opening in the summer, although they do have other likely hits. I keep expecting a notice that it will be delayed until Christmas or next year, but it would be such a press nightmare I don't think they would do it. They would have been editing the whole way through and Universal's obviously allowing them to film for so long - they'll probably scrape it through like last time. Remember the caveat on the EW summer preview for Supremacy: will it look like the rush job that it was? And again...

    But the filming probably has to stop before Matt starts Ocean's press next week, so you'd think it would have to end in the next couple of days. Here's hoping. But I'm just about to post some photos from Saturday's filming, and nobody looks too concerned (Paul or Matt).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Not embarrassed either to be honest! Like you said Neighbouring countries vote for each other and the whole thing is political aswell. I only usually watch because of Terry Wogan, he is hilarious and so funny about it - because basically what he says is completely True. And agree aswell 'Marcia' Us Britians, aswell as France & Germany Finance but why bother?! Anyhow apart from all that... I'm loving the Bourne Pics, Matt looks fantastic and i can not wait till its released! But it does seem worrying..they've just finsihed filming in NYC and all.. hope it gets out in time (It will!) Thanks for the updates felicity you do a great Job!
    -Cass
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