Here’s Why Matt Damon Is ‘Totally Fine’ With Being Replaced As Jason Bourne

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After a nine year absence, Matt Damon returns to the Jason Bourne franchise this year to resurrect one of his most popular characters. But Damon knows that Bourne, much like another action icon who has an affinity for the number 007, can’t continue on forever in its current iteration and that one day a new super agent may rise and take over the moniker.

During a promotional tour in Seoul, South Korea for the upcoming release of the fifth Bourne film, Damon spoke about the possibility of a younger actor replacing him as the enigmatic Jason Bourne. While the action star admits that he’s “definitely going to be replaced some day by some new young Jason Bourne” someday, he has a positive outlook regarding that specific inevitability, saying that it’s “totally fine.”

“That happens to everybody and they reboot these things, and that’s totally fine,” Damon said as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. “The only control I can exercise is over the ones that I’m part of. I’m the curator of them as long as I’m involved and that’s why I battled so hard to make sure that we got the same creative people to get involved in this one.”

Although the actor is capable of many things (living on Mars, buying a zoo, continually outfoxing Jimmy Kimmel), he knows that he can’t defeat Father Time.

“It’s difficult when you’re 45 compared to when you’re 29, but you still have to run as fast as you can,” he continued. “That part was a challenge but to get to revisit the people was wonderful. But I said, let’s smell the roses as we say and appreciate that we get to be here together and make sure we have fun.”

(H/T The Hollywood Reporter)

Jason Bourne arrives in theaters on July 29.

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