Though “The Bourne Identity” had him talking fairly normally, Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne was quite enigmatic in both the Paul Greengrass-helmed ‘Bourne’ films following the death of his love interest character.
Much of the heavy lifting of the dialogue was put in the hands of the CIA characters from Joan Allen’s Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles’ Nicky to the villains of the piece like Brian Cox and David Strathairn’s characters. Damon himself had few lines, most of his words conveyed through action or body language.
That trend continues with the upcoming “Jason Bourne”. A new piece in The Guardian reveals that Damon has only around 25 lines of dialogue in the upcoming film, that’s less than the much talked about 43 lines of dialogue that Henry Cavill’s Superman had in the recent “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. Damon tells the paper it fits with the character:
“Well, I’ve done it three times. In the first movie, the Marie Kreutz character 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 [screenwriter] Tony [Gilroy] writing me an email saying, ‘You do realize what this means? You do realize you’re not going to talk in this movie.’ I said, ‘No, I love that.'”
Greengrass himself is said to admire Damon’s ability to convey a complex range of emotions without the aid of monologues. The non-talkative “Jason Bourne” hits cinemas July 29th.
Source: The Playlist