According to Forbes magazine Matt Damon is the actor who brings studio execs the most money for their dollar. I would have to agree with the stats on this one. Damon just doesn’t make bad movies. Even when he was going through a so called “dry spell” with films The Talented Mr. Ripley, All the Pretty Horses and The Legend of Bagger Vance they were still really good performances on his part, Mr. Ripley in particular playing two different characters and all…
Quietly Damon has become one of the biggest stars there is in the industry, continually putting together Oscar worthy performances. His work in Syriana and The Departed was more than worthy of supporting actor consideration from the Academy in my mind and then you look at his performance in The Good Shepard and how he wasn’t given any sort of consideration with that performance is beyond me.
But back to his current star power. Damon credits the Bourne Identity with being the film that rescued him from the previously mentioned low point in his career after his Oscar winning performance in Good Will Hunting, a movie that he co-wrote and directed with long time friend Ben Affleck in an article in Entertainment Weekly this week. It has allowed him to step out and do riskier roles like Shepard and I have to say after producing the strongest August opening in history this past weekend with Ultimatum at $69.3 million in the U.S. he’s going to have his choice of top flight roles for a long time.
I couldn’t really be happier for the guy. I’m a big fan of Damon’s because he’s such a down to earth guy who really knows how to act. Keep up the good work Matt.