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The Bourne Animosity: Matt Damon Slams Writer for “Career-Ender” Movie

And here we thought the onscreen drama was tense.

Matt  Damon, who ordinarily remains above the trash-talking fray, sunk  himself right down into it this week while speaking out as the coverboy of the  new issue of GQ.

Among other far less intriguing revelations, the A-list Oscar winner didn’t  hold back while criticizing the Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter Tony Gilroy for turning in a script that he dubbed not only  “embarrassing” and “unreadable,” but a veritable “career-ender” for the  scribe.

And that’s only the tip of this bitterly cold iceberg.

“It’s really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that  position,”  Damon said, after explaining that for the third film, The  Bourne  Ultimatum, Universal gave Gilroy something of a sweetheart deal,  which  allowed him to write up only one (apparently quite rough) draft of  the script  in exchange for a hefty writer’s fee.

“I don’t blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in  what he  handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a  career-ender. I mean, I  could put this thing up on eBay and it would be  game over for that dude. It’s  terrible. It’s really embarrassing. He was  having a go, basically, and he took  his money and left.”

Well if that’s Damon not blaming Tony, we’d hate to hear what it sounds like  when he does.

Of course, it wasn’t long before Damon—who, lest we forget did score   an  Oscar for screenwriting and knows of what he speaks—thought better  of  his  slams and returned to being Mr. Nice Guy, contacting the writer  of  the GQ article to clarify his feud-sparking comments.

“If I didn’t respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really   wouldn’t  have cared,” he said after calling the writer back up to apologize. “My  feelings were hurt. That’s all. And that’s exactly why I   shouldn’t have said  anything.

“This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f–king stupid  and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me.”

Well, at least that saves Gilroy the trouble of having to draft a retort.






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