Director James Cameron told Matt Damon to “get over” the Avatar movie rejection in 2009 for the sake of the Bourne movie.
In 2019, the actor, 52, revealed he had been called upon by director Cameron to star in the sci-fi epic but turned him down — a deal that would have seen him receive 10 percent of the film’s box office earnings, earning him more than $250. million (£205 million).
But the Titanic filmmaker has little sympathy for the Hollywood heavyweight and said he needs to “get over that.”
‘Get over it!’: Director James Cameron tells Matt Damon to ‘get over’ his Avatar rejection of 2009’s Bourne movie — which would have earned him more than $250 million
In an interview with the BBC, James said, “He’s beating himself up over this. And I really think you know, ‘Matt you’re kind of like one of the biggest movie stars in the world, get over it’.”
But he had to do another Bourne movie that was on his runway and there was nothing we could do about it. So he had to refuse with regret.
Cameron would be happy for Damon to make a cameo appearance in a future “Avatar” sequel, but wouldn’t offer him any box office buys.
When asked about the appearance of Who Matt, the director said, “You should do it. We have to do this so that the world can be in balance again. But he doesn’t get 10 percent, that’s right.
MAKE A DECISION: In 2019, Damon revealed that director Cameron lured him to star in the sci-fi epic but turned him down — a deal that would have seen him take 10 percent of the film’s box office earnings (pictured in The Ultimatum Bourne in 2007)
Died earlier lament The quarter-billion dollar deal became one of his biggest “regrets” in life, which he shared in an interview with Christian Bale for British GQNovember edition in October 2019.
Discussing what happened before the 2009 film, Matt explained: “Jim Cameron introduced me to Avatar. And when he gave it to me, he said, “Now, listen. I don’t need a nobody. I don’t need a name for this, a named actor.”
If you don’t take this, I’ll 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 percent of it [the movie’s takings]”.
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Matt went on to discuss the moment he told Promised Land co-writer John Krasinski about the deal he turned down, adding, “He said, ‘If you had done that movie, nothing in your life would have been different.'”
Nothing in your life will ever be different. Barring that, for now, we’ll have this conversation in space.”
He said: I was shown a little movie called Avatar. I will go down in history. You will never meet an actor who turned down more money than me.
Blunt: In an interview with the BBC, James said, “He’s so self-deprecating about this — I really think you know, ‘Matt you’re like one of the biggest movie stars in the world, beat him.'”
Damon joked that he had enough money to send a rocket into space like business tycoons Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.
The late actor added, “With these billionaires blasting off into space, I’d probably buy a rocket ship, I don’t know.”
He added that turning down the role was probably one of his biggest regrets in life as he feels he will never have the chance to work with Cameron again since the director has only made seven films in his entire career.
I didn’t realize that. He works infrequently, but his movies, you all know them. So it looks like he earned more than he did,” Matt admitted.
“I realized I had to say no that I was probably missing out on the opportunity to work with him at all. So this is bad and this is still brutal. But my kids all eat. I’m good.
Avatar’s first journey took nearly ten years to complete, with Cameron’s original idea for the flick set in 1994.
It was a groundbreaking sci-fi epic that broke all box office records in 2009, after earning $2,787,965,087 and dethroning 1996’s Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time.
The latest movie, Avatar: The Way Of Water, grossed $434.5 million during its global debut, the studio estimated Sunday, after its director, James Cameron, said it needed to earn $2 billion to break even.
Big Splash: Avatar: The Way Of Water earned $434.5 million during its worldwide debut, the studio estimated Sunday, after its director James Cameron said it needed to earn $2 billion to break even.
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