CELEB I wasn’t Bourne to di­rect big films

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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

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