Did you know that before choosing Matt Damon, the director of “Memory in the Skin” had thought of other big Hollywood stars to play the hero Jason Bourne?
Matt Damon has played the character of Jason Bourne four times on the big screen and today it is impossible to imagine anyone other than himself as the hero created by Robert Ludlum. However, before setting his sights on the actor, Doug Liman, the director of The Memory in the Skin, the first film of the franchise, had thought of other big Hollywood names.
For the role of Bourne, Doug Liman had indeed approached top stars among which, please, Matthew McConaughey, Russell Crowe, Sylvester Stallone and Brad Pitt. The latter refused the offer, preferring to engage in Spy Game, a spy game, but found Liman a few years later on the occasion of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
In the end, Doug Liman will therefore choose Matt Damon, just out of the Ocean’s Eleven robbery, the actor being on the same wavelength as him concerning the treatment of La Mémoire dans la peau. Or give birth to a film with action, of course, but above all with the desire to focus mainly on the plot and the character.
According to Matt Damon, it is the choice of Doug Liman as director that prompted him to embark on the adventure. “I wanted to make La Mémoire dans la peau for Doug, because of his sensitivity as a filmmaker”, declared the actor during the promotion of the film, almost twenty years ago. “I was sure he wouldn’t just make a Hollywood action movie and figured he was the perfect director to try that kind of experiment with.”
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