Steven Soderbergh: Not Everyone’s Gonna Be Into “Jason Bourne On Top Of Gordon Gekko”


[Matt Damon] was in Spain doing his cameo in Che, and I gave him the book. I can only imagine what was going through his mind five years later before we started shooting. But Matt doesn’t have anything to protect. That’s not how he makes his decisions. He makes his decisions based on whether he’s engaged by the piece or not. If it turns out to be something that’s really gonna push him as a performer, even better. And Michael, he was just fearless. They both are. The movie just doesn’t work if they don’t both literally join hands and jump off the cliff. It’s intimate stuff, even if it was a guy and a girl. But for a lot of people it’ll be hard to see Jason Bourne on top of Gordon Gekko.”

— Behind the Candelabra director Steven Soderbergh reflecting on Matt Damon’s Bourne identity and the film’s marriage equality message at the Cannes Film Festival, via The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Deepdow

    That’s funny because when I watch a film I never assume the actors are playing the same characters from a previous film, unless it’s a sequel. I get why the director would say those things but it’s still odd to me that he would care. Stand behind your work and forget about watch troglodytes might think.

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  • Homophile

    Congratulations to the “fearless” straight guys for “jumping off the cliff” by portraying a gay man in a relationship with another man. It must have been very difficult for them.

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  • Mr. E. Jones


    Agreed 100%

  • Caleb in SC

    @Homophile: Great observation. The same thing was said about Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in that “other” movie; however, both of them balked at the idea of being “fearless” and gave the love back to the LGBT community for living their lives that way, every day. Not feeling it for this movie.

  • adam madam

    Matt Damon? Maybe. Michael Douglass? Ewwwww.

    It’s not “Wall Street” Douglass reminds me of, though. It’s “Fatal Attraction.” Where does _that_ leave Damon?

  • Stache1

    Are people really that stupid? Their effing actors playing off of a script written by other people. Not real spies or wall street tycoons.

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