The Oscar-winning actor, screenwriter and producer stars at Stillwater, by Tom McCarthy. The one who started his career with a very secondary role in Mystic Pizza in 1988 has since accumulated remarkable performances, to the point that films which feature his name in the credits have grossed more than US $ 4 billion. Here is Matt Damon in five essential feature films.
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The enigmatic Mr. Ripley (1999)
After accumulating small roles, Matt Damon stood out in 1997 with Le destin de Will Hunting, for which he won the Oscar for best screenplay with his best friend, Ben Affleck. The film also earned him a nomination in the Best Actor category. But it is with The enigmatic Mr. Ripley that it proves that it is not just a comet in the cinematographic landscape. And Anthony Minghella’s feature film is a financial and critical success, which solidifies Matt Damon’s position.
The unknown of Las Vegas (2001)
It was by chance – one could even almost say without consideration for his previous successes – that Steven Soderbergh gave Matt Damon the role of Linus Caldwell in this “remake” of the eponymous feature film from 1960. Indeed, the director had hired Mark Wahlberg … who withdrew to The Planet of the Apes, by Tim Burton. And that’s good, since Matt Damon was then part of the credits of the two sequels, released in 2004 and 2007.
The memory in the skin (2002)
Here again, Matt Damon can claim to have been lucky. Because the filmmaker Doug Liman had offered the role to Brad Pitt – who refused it in favor of Spy games -, as well as to Russell Crowe. The director then contacted every Hollywood action actor from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Tom Cruise! Eventually, Doug Liman gifted the character to Matt Damon, then realizing that it was he who understood best that, if action was needed, the focus was undeniably on Jason Bourne’s character. Frightfully serious, the actor – of whom it was the very first action role – wanted to perform the most stunts himself. To do this, he spent three months undergoing rigorous training, learning gun handling, fencing and boxing. In total, the five films in the franchise grossed a whopping US $ 1.6 billion, making Matt Damon an industry heavyweight.
My life with Liberace (2013)
Broadcast on HBO, in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival and presented here in a few theaters, My life with Liberace unquestionably contains one of the best performances of Matt Damon. Under the direction of Steven Soderbergh, he plays Scott Thorson, the young lover of Liberace (Michael Douglas). “We played it as a very deep love story between them. In many ways, their relationship was a marriage. The most difficult for me was to manage to make the intimacy of this relationship in a convincing way, ”commented the star during his visit to Cannes, on CBS.
Ford vs. Ferrari (2019)
In front of the cameras of James Mangold, Matt Damon transforms into Carroll Shelby, a former American racer who is hired by the Ford company to win the 24 hours of Le Mans to his team and his driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale). From his experience on the set of the excellent feature film based on a true story, Matt Damon told the Collider site to have “been nervous the first day of filming because[il] had not worked for two years. ” “I remember arriving on set and feeling like I was in a foreign country,” Damon said.