– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Get used to that grimace from Matt Damon in the photo above, because it sounds like we’ll be getting a lot of that in the new JASON BOURNE flick.

In an interview with the Guardian, the outlet asked Damon what it was like acting in a role for months when most of the time he spends with other actors is him knocking their teeth in. The actor reflected on his previous experiences working on the franchise.

“Well, I’ve done it three times. In the first movie, the Marie Kreutz character [Bourne’s girlfriend, played by Franka Potente] is still alive, so Bourne has a sounding board and he’s more confused about who he is and a lot more chatty. Once she dies in the first act of the second movie, it’s really a very lonely character. And we talked about that mostly on the second one. I remember Tony writing me an email saying, ‘You do realise what this means? You do realise you’re not going to talk in this movie.’ I said, ‘No, I love that.’”

Needless to say, the character has become decidedly more mute since then. So how many lines does that leave him with in JASON BOURNE? According to Damon, he called director Paul Greengrass after looking at the finished product, and apparently the character has only 25 lines in the thing.

That’s right. 25 lines of dialogue.

But we can’t take that to mean that Bourne is a non-presence in the film. Nope, Damon is kicking his non-verbal acting into overdrive in this film, Greengrass says.

“I think what makes a Bourne movie is the violence and the set pieces, but there’s a tremendous amount of emotionality in the character.”

JASON BOURNE punches his way into theaters on July 29, 2016.

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SOURCE: The Guardian

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.