CELEB I wasn’t Bourne to direct big films
BRITISH film-maker Paul Greengrass has admitted he never expected to become a “blockbuster director”.
The 62-year-old has directed three of the five films in the Jason Bourne spy franchise, which are based on the novels by Robert Ludlum.
His other well-known projects include The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence, 2002’s Bloody Sunday and United 93, which earned him a best director Oscar nod.
He also directed Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks in 2013’s Captain Phillips, which was based on the real-life 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somalian pirates.
“It was never what I thought I would end up doing and it came along and I thought ‘Oh yeah, I know what to do with this (Bourne)’,” he told BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs.
“I wouldn’t want to only do that (direct blockbusters) and I haven’t, but that character spoke to me for sure.
“I loved the fact that Jason Bourne was a sort of oppositional character, he was opposed to the system, he knew they were lying to him and he wanted to find out why.”
The award-winning director said he thought the Bourne films resonated with a young audience because they “told the truth of that time”.
He told presenter Kirsty Young: “You know I think if you want to understand something of what happened in America, in Britain and in the West in the early years of the 2000s, the fear, the paranoia, I think the Bourne movies give you a pretty good sense of that in a popcorn, commercial way.
“But I think that young people particularly responded because of that and the sense it told the truth of that time.”
Greengrass directed Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), having taken over from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman.
Among the songs he chose were Bruce Springsteen’s If I Should Fall Behind, Bob Dylan’s Forever Young and the Lawrence Of Arabia soundtrack.
He chose a guitar as his luxury item and for his book, 100 Years Of Crystal Palace Football Club by Nigel Sands.
Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15am. Film director Paul Greengrass