In his new film The Green Zone, Matt Damon plays an Army officer in Iraq who goes rogue after realizing that his search for WMD is little more than a wild goose chase. The 39-year-old father of three girls – stepdaughter Alexia, 11, and daughters Isabella, 3, and Gia, 1 – told Parade what he hopes to pass down to his girls, how his children keep him grounded, and what might get him working with BFF Ben Affleck again.
On what he hopes his kids will inherit: “From me, a sense of social justice and a desire to continue some of those programs that I’m involved with, or maybe not those exact ones, but hopefully, something to further social justice. And from my wife? She’s a very wise and a very thoughtful person. Hopefully, they’ll inherit that.”
On trying to avoid the pitfalls of being famous: “I hope I’m doing a good job of it. It’s pretty easy to kind of lose your way. I think working consistently with great people is really helpful. Also having kids is really helpful. They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly. There’s a routine that you get into with kids that precludes you from going back to your single days. I’m probably more boring than I used to be. I go to bed earlier and I get up earlier.”
On a reunion with Ben Affleck: “It’s weird that twelve years have gone by since we’ve worked together. We wrote Good Will Hunting because we were unemployed and had all this time on our hands. Since then, the biggest obstacle to writing a script has just been all the acting work we’ve been getting, and now, directing work for Ben. But there’s a project that could bring us together. I haven’t seen that script yet, but Ben is really high on it. It’s kind of like a well-known story of these two pitchers for the Yankees who swapped wives. They actually traded spouses. It just always makes me think of Raising Arizona.”
On another Bourne movie: “I think there’s a good way to do a prequel with someone else, but not me. What any studio is interested in is making a franchise like Bourne an evergreen that can just go on and on. With me playing him, Bourne got his memory back three times. So I don’t think anybody wants to see me say ‘I don’t remember’ again. But you could do a prequel with another actor being the first Bourne before his identity gets passed on to me. In fact, why not two or three? As for me coming back to do him again, I’m just saying no.”