I’m beginning to think all actors eventually reach a point in their careers where the desire to direct trumps the desire to act. It’s unclear whether it occurs once they reach a certain age, or if the inclination manifests itself when movie role offers start to dwindle, but either way the transition is becoming more and more common among Hollywood stars — and that the Matt Damon seems to be in the middle of it.
The 41-year-old star is set to make his directorial debut sometime next year, and says he decided to move behind the camera when he realized the filmmakers hold the power on set. Damon explains, “When I first started getting work, I felt like acting was the most important thing. But the more you do it, the more you realize that in the end, the director has all the power.” (Although I don’t think anyone should tell the producers that, just FYI).
But the actor isn’t underestimating the amount of work and dedication it’s going to take to make his project a success, admitting, “There are just too many decisions over the course of too long a time, and if you’re not a truly great director, you just can’t hide.” And while he’s never directed before, Damon already knows who he hopes to emulate — the directing/acting veteran, Clint Eastwood. Damon admires Eastwood’s whole directing approach, saying, “Clint says all the time, ‘Let’s not f**k this up too much by thinking about it…That’s his approach, and some people love it and some people hate it, but he doesn’t do too much hand-wringing about it. I’d love to do what Clint does.” I guess that means he’ll be casting himself as the lead role in most of his movies then, right?
In all seriousness though, I think he could do a really great job as a director. He’s done enough movies now to have an idea of how it all works and he’s likeable enough so the cast and crew won’t hate his guts by the film’s end. Plus, he’s Jason Bourne! So of course he’s going to succeed.