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Ultimatum, Kimmel clip, Doug Liman

  • The Bourne Ultimatum received four nominations for the Empire Film Awards: Matt for Best Actor (he won previously for The Bourne Supremacy), Best Film, Best Thriller and Best Director.

  • Here's a funny follow-on story from the Matt/Sarah Silverman video: the makers of Diet Snapple wrote to Kimmel to apologise for the drink's 'role' in the clip - as reported at Miami Herald's Scene in the Tropics blog, in a letter to Jimmy Kimmel written by 'Diet Snapple' - excerpts:

    In an attempt to console you, here's a whole lotta me for you to enjoy. Hopefully it will numb the pain. In fact, if your viewers want to share their girlfriend/boyfriend is [bleeping] someone else story on air , they can have a case of me too...

    Anyway, keep your spirits up. It's not like she was [bleeping] Ben Affleck or anything. Now that would have been embarrassing.

    Diet Snapple

  • Paparazzi tried to get George Clooney's opinion on the video, or Matt's dancing skills, here.

  • There's an interesting interview with director Doug Liman at New York Magazine, where a little more information is revealed about the problems of The Bourne Identity, and Matt's role. And a great line about his dog.

    One does notice that Liman’s tales of conflict usually turn out well. “I always get my way,” Liman confides one day, his eyes widening.

    Unfortunately, Stacey Snider, the head of Universal when Bourne was being made, didn’t share Liman’s confidence in himself. To the studio, Liman’s process seemed costly, unorganized, and, worse, immature, with some justification—one night he paid the crew overtime to light a forest so he could play paintball. “Universal hated me,” says Liman. “I had an archenemy in the studio. They were trying to shut me down. The producers were bad guys.”

    Relations got so bad that the studio rejected out of hand anything Liman said. For a time, Liman developed a back channel in Matt Damon, who was playing Bourne. “I would be his surrogate because at least I could be heard,” says Damon. That only worked sometimes.

    (And, by Hollywood standards, the Liman process works. “He’s four for four,” says Damon, who adds, “He saved my career with Bourne.”)

    [Liman] sits with his sheepdog Jackson—for his birthday, Liman bought him some sheep—
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