Matt Damon: 'Bourne Ultimatum could have ended career'

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Matt Damon reprises his role as former CIA assassin Jason Bourne in the third film of the espionage thriller series, which is based loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. This time around, Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
December 13th, 2011

Matt Damon thinks Tony Gilroy's first draft of 'The Bourne Ultimatum' was a "career ender".

The actor has slammed the writer - who has taken over as director of the franchise in 'The Bourne Legacy', which Matt doesn't appear in - for submitting an "unreadable" script for the last movie, which he had agreed a deal to pen one outline and not have to do any re-writes himself.

He said: "I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It's just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."

Matt decided not to continue with the franchise because he felt the series would need to find a whole new angle in order to continue to be successful.

He explained to the new issue of America's GQ magazine: "If you look at the first three movies, we kind of pounded that idea of identity and amnesia into the ground. We really got everything out of it that we could. So to reboot it, we need to come up with something completely new."