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INTRIGUED by Matt Damon’s wide and varied filmography, this writer spent the last two weeks watching many of his movies and was pleasantly surprised to find films like Adjustment Bureau (based on a short story by Philip K. Dick and directed by George Nolfi) and The Brothers Grimm (Terry Gilliam) in which he starred alongside Heath Ledger.
Such unusual choices of roles for the boy next door that is Damon. Here are Ann Marie Chandy's top five favourite Damon-director collaborations.
Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum
I could watch these two movies over and over. I think director Paul Greengrass has a knack of bringing out the best in both Damon and Jason Bourne. And those closing credits (Moby’s Extreme Ways)? Spot on. I can’t wait for Bourne 5. Forget Aaron Cross and bring back Bourne and Greengrass!
So who wouldn’t want Clint Eastwood as director on their resume right? I loved the movie so much I began calling my pet lizard Francois Pienaar (Damon’s character in the film, the South African rugby union player). I thought he nailed the South African accent and truly held his own playing alongside Morgan Freeman (who was Nelson Mandela in the 2009 movie). And one of the things that Eastwood was able to do with this actor was enable the viewer to empathise with him.
When the final whistle blows during the match between the Springboks and The All Blacks of New Zealand, you want to hoist up Pienaar on your shoulders yourself.
We Bought A Zoo
Damon, a single dad running a zoo? Only Cameron Crowe could have crafted such a heartfelt, poignant movie. And you’ve got Scarlett Johansson providing the eye candy, so everyone’s kept happy.
The Informant and Behind The Candelabra
So many of Damon’s collaborations with Steven Soderberg are worth watching but I’d like to highlight two that I recently chanced upon. I thought Damon did an outstanding job on The Informant! in 2009, which sees him play vice president-turned-informant (with quite the paunch) Mark Whitacre who “assists” the US government in taking down an agro business giant with a price fixing accusation. And then in Behind The Candelabra, again I was surprised to find Damon able to live up to what the role required as Liberace’s much younger lover. You have got to see him in those skimpy swim trunks covered in bling! OMG.
Damon in a scene from 'The Informant'.
Good Will Hunting
Gus Van Sant’s 1997 film remains an all-time favourite. Damon plays Will Hunting, a janitor who has a gift for mathematics and Robin Williams is the psychologist who helps him find direction in his life.
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