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Bourne, Martian extended cut

  • Matt talked about the pressure of making a new Bourne movie to AP here and here.

    For Matt Damon, the "Bourne" films have been like a lifeblood.

    "I was kind of inoculated for that five or six year period when I made the first three. I could make decisions with absolutely no thought to what the potential box office was," says Damon. "It was liberating in that sense. I knew that if I had another Jason Bourne off in the middle distance, it would kind of rescue me and keep my career afloat for a few more years."

    In "Jason Bourne" (out July 29), Damon returns to the spy franchise that made him a full-blown movie star with all the freedom such status affords. Given how much 45-year-old actor credits the series with, it's a welcome homecoming.

    "It's obviously the most significant thing that's happened in my career," Damon said in a recent interview from the set of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing." "I definitely knew I wanted to do it again but I was always kind of tethered to Paul (Greengrass). I knew I didn't want to do it without him."

    Damon says the delay was partially caused by a struggle to find a worthy next chapter for the character. The time helped: "Jason Bourne" was inspired by Edward Snowden and more recent debate over civil liberties.

    "All those people who have come up to me over the years, hopefully they're representative of a whole group of people who will go buy tickets," says Damon. "We're counting on it. You never know. It's the movie business, so it could be a total disaster."

    "It's a different landscape than 2002 when the first 'Bourne' movie came out," says Matt Damon, who returns to the franchise in Paul Greengrass' "Jason Bourne" (July 29). "It's like a high-stakes poker game that I don't want to be in. The swings are just so brutal. Ben (Affleck) just opened 'Batman v Superman' a few weeks ago. Everyone around him and in his life was nervous about it. You feel less a sense of exultation when they do well and more a sense of relief because the bets are so big now."

  • The extended cut of The Martian will be released on 7 June.

    The extended edition includes an extended cut featuring 10 minutes of brand new footage not shown in theaters as well as more than two hours of behind-the-scenes content. Included in the new material is audio commentary by renowned director Ridley Scott, writer/executive producer Drew Goddard and author of the novel Andy Weir. There is also a documentary of the science behind recreating Mars for the film; interviews with NASA specialists and engineers; and a Q&A panel discussion about the planned journey to mars featuring commentary from NASA experts.

    NEW Special Features Content Includes:

    Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Director), Drew Goddard (Writer, Exec Producer) and Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)
    Deleted Scenes
    The Long Way Home: Making the Martian
    Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars
    Journey to Mars 101 Q&A
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