Matt Damon: Why He Hasn’t Played A Superhero

Matt Damon has not yet been cast in a blockbuster superhero movie. Why not? Best bud Ben Affleck is Batman in the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to a report from Cinema Blend, it isn’t because Damon doesn’t want such a role, but that he hasn’t been offered one.

“I hear [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice] is good. I haven’t seen it yet but he’s seen a rough cut and I think he’s very pleased. But no, I don’t know that there are any comic book characters left.”

In December, 2015, Variety interviewed Matt Damon, who had a lot to say about a potential new Bourne movie and The Martian. When it comes down to it, The Martian is different from the Cast Away mentality, even though it is one character largely carrying the movie.

“The key distinction is that in Robinson Crusoe — or in Cast Away for that matter — the journey the character is going on, it’s about whether or not anybody is ever going to know that he was alive. Whereas the character in this is surrounded by these GoPros and every minute that he’s staying alive on Mars is a minute longer than anybody has ever been there and he’s got kind of a purpose. He’s got this chance to record for his colleagues the experience that he’s having. So that feeling of being useful is kind of the exact opposite of the existential crisis that somebody who’s marooned on a desert island goes through, which is, ‘Oh my God, is anybody ever going to know that this happened?'”

Check out The Martian trailer.

As for the new Bourne sequel being filmed, Matt Damon was asked if he thought he had been finished with the franchise.

“I wasn’t sure. I hoped I wasn’t because I really liked the franchise and the character but I didn’t see a way to go. But I wasn’t giving up on the idea of doing it. Paul and I kind of talked years ago about perhaps the way forward was just to let time pass and allow the world to change a little.”

Matt Damon might not be in any superhero movies, but he is certainly holding his own. The Martian is a favorite for Academy Award nomination, as is Damon for his role in the film. He is also a seasoned enough actor to be giving advice to the newbies, such as Chris Hemsworth. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Hemsworth said Matt Damon gave him advice on losing weight quickly for a role, which Damon also had to do for his role in Courage Under Fire.

“[Matt Damon] said it’s dangerous to do it that way. He said there’s much better ways of doing it so seek the advice of a nutritionist.”

Definitely good advice. Perhaps Matt Damon can get advice from someone on how to not cost so much in his movies. Well, sort of. Time reports that the Quora community recently posted about Damon and how often he needs to be rescued in his movies. Apparently, the amount of money he makes from his movies wouldn’t come close to covering the expenses if those rescues were real. They would cost over $900 billion, which includes rescuing him from Mars, the Interstellar spaceship, the space station in Elysium, and his various roles in war movies.

It’s a good thing Matt Damon can rescue himself in most of his movies. It’s also a good thing they are all fictional. Fans will be happy to see Damon back as Jason Bourne, but first we will likely see Matt Damon at the Academy Awards this February.

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