The five faces of Damon

Matt Damon is back with Green Zone. Subtly, in recent years, the actor has proved to be a chameleon.

0

Comments

Add +
  • THE DEPARTED (2006)

  • THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (2007)

  • OCEAN'S THIRTEEN (2007)

  • THE INFORMANT! (2009)

  • INVICTUS (2009)

THE DEPARTED (2006)

THE DEPARTED (2006)
Martin Scorsese and his go-to guy, Leonardo DiCaprio, got the lion’s share of credit for this turbocharged crime film. But it’s Damon who carries the majority of the comic weight, playing a slippery mole in uneasy cahoots with Jack Nicholson’s drug lord.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (2007)
Amnesiac spy Jason Bourne is the actor’s signature role—and as a mark of Damon’s increased seriousness, the writers gave him an unusually daring political arc in this explosive second sequel: Bourne brings the War on Terror back home—to NYC, no less—in a betrayed fury.

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN (2007)
This high-gloss series was already running on fumes, but you couldn’t dismiss Damon’s playfully irreverent turn, seducing Ellen Barkin while wearing a bizarre false nose and one-upping his glib castmates.

THE INFORMANT! (2009)
Here’s the Damon performance that should have been nominated, Academy. As corporate whistle-blower Mark Whitacre, he accrues a fun house’s worth of distorted personae, resulting in a darkly cracked study in self-delusion. Deft, brilliant work. And he got chunky for it.

INVICTUS (2009)
As a whole, the movie is aggressively high-minded, and Morgan Freeman plays Nelson Mandela as a walking symbol of greatness. But check out Damon’s quiet, unshowy performance as an apolitical rugby captain awakening to higher things. Also, the accent is close to flawless.

Read our Green Zone review

See more in Film

Users say

0 comments