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Damon 'open' to Bourne reprisal

Matt Damon has once again said he is up for reprising his role as Jason Bourne, if Paul Greengrass would return to direct.

The 43-year-old actor starred as the action hero in three films between 2002 and 2007 - The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum - and has often said he would consider returning to the franchise with Greengrass at the helm.

But in an interview for CNBC, Matt admitted the studio needed a good idea for a story that could bring about his return.

Matt said: "I've always been open to it if Paul Greengrass is the director.

"We've just never been able to come up with a story. So, if any of your viewers have a story, please call Universal and submit it."

He added: "It felt like such a good way to end it the last time, but having said that I love that character... and I'd love to see what happened to him. Because technically, the movie that came out in 2007 dovetailed with the one that came out in 2004, so technically the last time Jason Bourne was seen was 2004."

Jeremy Renner starred as agent Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy in 2012 directed by Tony Gilroy, but the character of Jason Bourne did not appear. Jeremy is due to reprise his role in a second film to be released in 2015.

In 2013 it was rumoured Matt and director Paul Greengrass were in talks to make a new Bourne movie but Universal denied the reports.

Matt also confessed in his interview with CNBC that following his breakthrough in dramas such as Good Will Hunting and The Talented Mr Ripley he felt "paranoid" about taking on the role of action hero Bourne in 2002.

He revealed: "I just took all that paranoia and channelled it into... six months of just training and boxing and firearms training.

"I had just as many concerns as anybody about doing an action move. In fact, I never signed up for three Bourne movies, I signed up for one, because I didn't even know if I'd like to make an action movie... but it turned out that I loved it."

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