Friday, February 26, 2010

Matt Damon Talks Green Zone with Director Paul Greengrass

The last person we saw at Apple Soho's "Meet the Filmmaker" series was Sarah Silverman, so it's kind of amazing that the next person at their program was her SNL song muse Matt Damon!

Poison Ivy trekked through the blizzard Friday night to attend Damon's Q&A with film director Paul Greengrass - the man behind Damon's forthcoming Green Zone and the brains behind the Bourne Ultimatum and Supremacy.

Green Zone is the story of a "weapons of mass destruction hunter [Damon] on a quest for the truth in Saddam [Hussein's] palace in Green Zone, Baghdad," explained Greengrass, who hired 30 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to play actual soldiers in the film.

"They helped us get the details right and make it authentic," Damon said, admitting that "I felt like a deadbeat actor barking orders at these 30 vets without coming out of character and apologizing."

The Q&A also took a less serious tone, with Damon realizing "I always have to do a lot of running in all of [Greengrass'] movies," and talking briefly about upcoming flick True Grit.

"I'm really excited to work with the Coen Brothers, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin," Damon said, when asked if there's anyone he wanted to work with but hasn't.

"That's why I have this mustache. Either that, or I'm getting into 80's porn."

When asked if he thought the invasion of Iraq was a mistake or a malice, Greengrass replied that it doesn't matter.

"What matters is that it created a toxic legacy of mistrust," Greengrass explained. "The contract between the governed and the government was damaged and it's going to take a long time to fix it. I'd rather not have some bloke in a bar impose his views on me, but rather, tell me an interesting story. That's what we're trying to do."

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