Matt Damon’s An A-Lister, But There Was A Time He Was Worried About His Acting Career

Matt Damon’s done a lot of interviews over the last year, thanks to his passion for the film Stillwater and the press he did to promote The Last Duel, a movie he starred in but that also got him back into the writing game. He’s spoken this year about what actors know about being on the famed “A-list,” but he also talked about a time when he himself was struggling with fame and was worried about having to step out of the limelight and quit acting.

Apparently, sometime between 1997’s Good Will Hunting and 2002’s The Bourne Identity, there was a period where Matt Damon was legitimately worried his acting career was nearly over. He was looking for other Hollywood outlets where he could find work, including writing at that point, and he said on the Hot Ones series that it was actually Steven Soderbergh who gave him the confidence to continue. Here’s what happened:

Well, Steven Soderbergh asked me [to do The Informant!] and incidentally asked me to do it at a time in my career when it looked like I was going that way [points down]. The Bourne Identity hadn’t come out, I’d had a bunch of bombs, Steven called me and I remember he told me about it and I didn’t realize he was offering me to star in it because nobody had offered me a job in a while. And I said, ‘Do you want me to write this? Because I’m a writer also.’ And he was like, ‘No, no Scott Burns is gonna write it, I want you to star in it.’ Like I couldn’t believe it.

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Matt Damon’s An A-Lister, But There Was A Time He Was Worried About His Acting Career

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