Da­mon’s miss­ing mil­lions

Os­car win­ner still re­grets say­ing no to Avatar

Edmonton Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Matt Da­mon is still wrestling with his de­ci­sion not to ac­cept a role in one of the high­est gross­ing films of all time, Avatar.

The Os­car win­ner re­veals he was ap­proached by Ti­tanic film­maker James cameron and asked to ap­pear in the 2009 block­buster, but he said no.

da­mon was also of­fered a 10% cut of the film’s gross, which would have net­ted him roughly $250 mil­lion.

“Jim cameron of­fered me Avatar,” da­mon tells GQ.

“and when he of­fered it to me, he goes, ‘Now, lis­ten. I don’t need any­body. I don’t need a name for this, a named ac­tor. If you don’t take this, I’m gonna find an un­known ac­tor and give it to him, be­cause the movie doesn’t re­ally need you. but if you take the part, I’ll give you 10% of (prof­its).

“I told (pal) John Krasin­ski this story when we were writ­ing Promised Land ... and he goes, ‘If you had done that movie, noth­ing in your life would be dif­fer­ent. Noth­ing in your life would be dif­fer­ent at all. ex­cept that, right now, we would be hav­ing this con­ver­sa­tion in space.’

“I’ve left more money on the ta­ble than any ac­tor ac­tu­ally.”

da­mon shares he chose to stick to his com­mit­ment with The Bourne Iden­tity fran­chise in­stead of shoot­ing Avatar, and still re­grets not hav­ing the chance to col­lab­o­rate with the iconic di­rec­tor.

“It would have caused a prob­lem for Paul Green­grass and for all my friends on The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum, so I couldn’t do it,” he adds.

“cameron said to me ..., ‘Well, you know, I’ve only made six movies’. I didn’t re­al­ize that. he works so in­fre­quently, but his movies, you know all of them. so it feels like he’s made more than he has.

“I re­al­ized, in hav­ing to say no, that I was prob­a­bly pass­ing on the chance to ever work with him. so that sucked and that’s still bru­tal. but my kids are all eat­ing. I’m do­ing OK.”

The lead role in the fan­tasy epic ul­ti­mately went to aus­tralian ac­tor sam Wor­thing­ton.

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