Matt Damon explains “Bourne” insults, says he could return to series

By Sean O’Connell Matt Damon might have put his foot in his mouth during a recent GQ magazine interview — where he lobbed insults at his “Bourne” collaborator Tony Gilroy and his half-baked treatment of a fourth “Bourne” script – but the A-list star (and one-time “Bourne” lead) claims he had a reason for the comments.

If you didn’t hear, Damon called Gilroy’s draft for a fourth “Bourne” film “unreadable” in the GQ interview. Damon suggested that its part of the reason why he walked away from the franchise.

“It was idiotic of me to say anything. At the end of the day, it’s between me and Tony, and we’ll figure it out or we won’t,” Damon now says after the fact.

The rift, according to THR, really exists between Gilroy (a longtime “Bourne” writer) and director Paul Greengrass, who helmed parts two and three. “Paul and Tony have clashing styles,” a source close to the production revealed. “Tony does all the work before and delivers a finished script. Paul wants the script to be ever-evolving during shooting.”

And while Gilroy is directing a fourth “Bourne” without Damon (going with Jeremy Renner in his place), the star of “We Bought a Zoo” feels he could return to the franchise somewhere down the road.

“I think if [Bourne Legacy] doesn’t work, we can just ignore it and pretend it didn’t happen, and that’d be fine,” Damon says. “But I expect that it will work and only help us if we did another one, which I’d love to do.”

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