Avatar director James Cameron joked that Matt Damon shouldn’t be sad about his decision to turn down the lead role in the original blockbuster film.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Cameron was asked about Damon’s decision to play Jake Sully as he releases the long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.
“He’s freaking out about it,” Cameron said with a laugh on Friday. “And I really think, you know, ‘Matt, you’re like one of the biggest movie stars in the world, get over it.’ But he had to do another Bourne movie that walked his runway, and there was nothing we could do about that. So, regrettably, he had to decline.”
A clip of Damon went viral last year after the actor revealed at the Cannes Film Festival that Cameron courted him to star in the 2009 blockbuster, offering him 10% of the film’s box office earnings.
The role eventually went to Sam Worthington, and Avatar became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing $2 billion worldwide – which would have netted Damon more than $250 million.
“I’m going to go down in history,” Damon told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “You will never meet an actor who has turned down more money.”
Damon said at Cannes that he turned down “Avatar” because he’s already committed to completing the action trilogy “Bourne” with director Paul Greengrass. Damon, best known for his role as the title character Jason Bourne, said the decision to star in the action franchise proved to be the right “moral decision.”
According to Variety, when asked if Damon could get a cameo in a future Avatar movie, Cameron said, “Have to do it. We must do it to bring the world back into balance. But he doesn’t get 10% dammit.”
The sequel, again with Worthington at the helm, grossed around $135 million in its opening weekend.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/james-cameron-wants-matt-damon-to-get-over-250m-avatar-gig/ James Cameron wants Matt Damon to ‘get over’ the $250 million gig for ‘Avatar’.