Matt Damon Starts, Ends 'Bourne' Feud In Record Time

Thank Heaven so few showbiz feuds ever involve Matt Damon. If there were more, nobody would really have anything to write about.

The star of the original "The Bourne Identity" trilogy not only picked a fight with writer of the upcoming installment "The Bourne Legacy" and the original Damon-led trilogy Tony Gilroy, but according to The Huffington Post, became both apologetic and complimentary in short order.

It all apparently started with Damon's interview appearing in this month's GQ.

The "Good Will Hunting" Oscar-winner and "We Bought A Zoo" star started the first of multiple recent rants on how poorly run he felt the shooting of "The Bourne Ultimatum" became.

He claimed specifically that he felt Gilroy had pretty much checked out while completing the film's first - and only - draft. It's known that before the film was finished, Universal brought writers George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns for quick re-writes.

"It's really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon said. ""I don't blame Tony for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It’s just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be game over for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."

Damon claimed during a 2007 press roundtable while promoting "Ultimatum" that the cast, crew and director Paul Greengrass thought on their feet while keeping up with never-ending changes.

 "So George kept out ahead of us," Damon said then. "He would literally be in his hotel room working on the pages for the next day while we were working on the pages he had given us for this day, and we were making our tweaks in the real location, going, 'Okay, well let's change this to that, because that thing's over there.' You know, it's not an advisable way to make a movie. Like you couldn't teach that in film school and send people out there. But it works for Paul."

Then Damon turned around and did something that while not unprecedented, certainly isn't common among Hollywood feuds: he immediately apologized. In fact, he expressed his total confidence in Gilroy's finished "The Bourne Legacy," which will star Jeremy Renner and hit theaters next year. He even contacted the original GQ writer personally to clear up his remarks.

"If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared," he said of Gilroy. "My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn’t have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is f*cking stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."

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