Matt Damon Insults 'Bourne' Writer Tony Gilroy
Matt Damon's nice-guy reputation might be taking a dip — although, thanks to a preemptive apology he sent out shortly after dissing Bourne Ultimatum writer Tony Gilroy, it ought to recover pretty easily.
Damon, who says he is finished with the spy thriller Bourne movies for good, said that Gilroy's Ulimatum script was garbage, which he easily got away with due to a one-draft deal he'd cut with Universal Studios. "It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon told GQ. "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."
But Damon, aware that his comments would be hitting newstands and making headlines, did his part to back away from the negativity. "If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared," he told the magazine. "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***ing stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."
Appearing next opposite Scarlett Johansson in We Bought a Zoo, Damon will soon be directing his first feature film, which he's co-writing with John Krasinski.