Matt Damon took home two prestigious movie prizes for spy thriller The Bourne Supremacy last night.
Matt won Best Actor at the Empire Awards – beating Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Johnny Depp and Jim Carrey – while the movie was named Best Film.
Collecting his individual gong Matt commented: "This is actually the first acting award I've ever won in my life.
"I guess that means up until now I've pretty much sucked at what I do."
Matt Damon was in good spirits last night, blessed as he was with a glorious Empire Award for his role in The Bourne Supremacy. While we had Damon in our midst (and downing free drink) we'd clearly have been remiss not to probe the star on the deal with the third part in the Jason Bourne series, The Bourne Ultimatum, a film that will herald the return of the most kick-ass spy to grace our screens in decades (yes, Bond included).
"It's all character and it's not about gadgets and slick storytelling," says Damon of the series. "It's things that people can connect to, emotionally. The guy's had some fucked-up things happen to him, you know what I mean? So he's kind of an anti-hero in that way. But he's done some horrible things, too. I like that, because you don't see that in Hollywood movies a lot."
You will of course recall that the second film saw our hero finally free of the CIA and now in possession of his real identity. So when will Damon return to be, if you'll excuse the pun, Bourne again? "We'll probably do that in about a year and a half. We're all signed on in principle, in the sense that we've all agreed that we want to do it, but we're not going to do it unless we have a great script. It's ours to lose at the minute, and if we do make a third one, we want to make it as good as the first two. And if we can't do that, then we're going to have to let it drop."
Such concern for quality should come as a relief to fans of the books, who won't want to see Robert Ludlum's novels butchered - well, any more than they have been already. The original Bourne Ultimatum saw Bourne finally face off against his long-time nemesis, Carlos the Jackal - a character excised from Doug Liman's The Bourne Identity and therefore unavailable to 'return' for the third film. "Yeah, all that stuff with Carlos being actually caught. It's kind of a Cold War story. We're essentially retaining the title, so it's going to be called The Bourne Ultimatum. But we don't know at this point what the hell that means!"
The third edition of "Project Greenlight" (8 p.m. Tuesday, repeated 10 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo), like the first two, has Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and assorted Miramax insiders launching an indie film, beginning with the competition to select a budding screenwriters and a first-time director.
With the two previous "Greenlight" movies having been box-office duds, the aim this time to produce a cheapo horror flick that will enable Miramax to recoup its investment, a strategy that Damon and Affleck agree to but which, like, offends their artistic sensibilities and stuff.
So we've got a couple of movie stars with their noses out of joint, a quirkier-than-usual director, a pair of cheerfully blood-crazed writers and, as the cherry on top of the sundae, horrormeister Wes Craven ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") as one of the producers. It may not make a great movie, but it's an irresistible beginning for a reality show.