Bourne With Talent

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to Matt Damon, our home grown movie star. “The Bourne Ultimatum” opens tonight at midnight, and the buzz is more like a sonic boom. The kid from Cambridge is having a great summer that began with a wonderful, self effacing performance in “Ocean’s 13.” Damon hasn’t let Hollywood get under his skin, instead he wears stardom like a pair of broken-in jeans.

Now, I have to admit I still laugh when I think about the Matt Damon marionette in “Team America” — but the “South Park” boys aren’t right about everything. Damon manages to morph into his characters so completely that his acting seems effortless. That only happens when an actor has complete confidence in his craft.

It’s impossible not to compare and contrast Damon with his pal Ben Affleck, but to be fair you really have to take the two actors separately. Ben just isn’t the natural that Matt is — you can almost see the gears turning in his head he’s working so hard. I think that’s the most endearing thing about Affleck, but it also gets him into big trouble sometimes. He was just so damn bad in “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Gigli.” In fact, in my book, his two best performances are in “Good Will Hunting” and “Dogma.” I don’t have to tell you who his co-star was.

Damon is that rare breed of leading man who’s also a crack character actor. His Linus in the “Ocean” series being the best example. He isn’t afraid to be a dork, in fact he revels in it. He’s also not afraid to be the bad guy as he proved in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Face it, the dude was born with talent, and unlike the Lindsay Lohan’s of the world, he isn’t blowing it.


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