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Matt Damon: I'd play a superhero but only if Ben Affleck directs me

Damon laughed at the suggestion that he should play Robin to his best mate's Batman

Jess Denham
Tuesday 12 July 2016 15:07 BST
Matt Damon, saving the world, one movie at a time
Matt Damon, saving the world, one movie at a time (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Matt Damon is not ruling out the possibility of slipping into a superhero suit, on one condition.

The Hollywood actor will soon be returning to the Bourne franchise as the lead in fifth film Jason Bourne but could be tempted by a stint with Marvel or DC, so long as his best mate Ben Affleck was in the director’s chair.

Affleck, who recently starred as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will be reprising the iconic role in Suicide Squad, has written his own solo Batman movie and will be both starring in it and directing. Could Damon be his Robin after all, as fans have long been hoping?

“I’d consider anything with the right director, but I can't imagine there are any superheroes left, I think they’re all taken at the moment,” he said at the Jason Bourne premiere. “If [Ben] was directing me, I’d jump on it in a New York minute. I’d love to work with Ben.”

Damon talks Bourne & Bond

However, as Affleck fans will know, he does like to hog the glory (admittedly not in Good Will Hunting, he let Damon have that one, but Argo was another story). “The problem with Ben is every time he directs a movie he gives himself the best role in it, so until he’s willing to give up the best role to one of his friends we’re not going to get on with it,” Damon laughed.

The 45-year-old has no intention of trying to wangle the coveted part of James Bond from Daniel Craig. “I don’t think anyone from outside the UK should touch that,” he said. “Everything is tougher at 45, just getting into shape is a much more difficult proposition. I started [Bourne] when I was 29, it was so much easier.”

Jason Bourne arrives in UK cinemas from 27 July.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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