"It's a very interesting script," said Jolie. "It's an Eric Roth script, and it's a very interesting character. I play Matt's wife, and my character is a woman who has an alcohol problem, and has a difficulty with marriage and secrets, so it's a good, heavy thing to get in to."
Damon stars as James Wilson, one of the founding members of the CIA, in a story that spans the first 40 years of the Agency's history. Roth's script has been in development for 12 years, but looks set to make it to the screen this time. Co-incidentally, it's also 12 years since De Niro last directed, with this marking his first (credited) outing since making A Bronx Tale in 1993 (he did some uncredited work on The Score).
"De Niro still makes me nervous," laughs Jolie. "He's actually really lovely. He was surprisingly shy, and very sweet."
Matt Damon: Supreme success for the super-spy...
They say that nice guys come last. As guys go, they don't come any nicer than Matt Damon, and thanks to his intense brooding and butt-kicking in The Bourne Supremacy, he beat out the likes of Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise to the title of Best Actor. So, stick that in your pipe and smoke it.
"These are the first awards we've even been considered for!" he victoriously told Empire, grin operating on full beam. "When I heard these awards were happening and we were going to be part of them I was shocked. Bourne isn't the kind of film that gets celebrated in America for what it is... so that you guys picked up on it is pretty cool."
Damon's one error of the evening was neglecting to thank the Empire readers who voted for him, a mistake he bashfully corrected later. "I'm sorry," he gasped. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, Empire readers." Forgive him - he truly is a nice guy.