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Matt Damon Regrets Turning Down 'Avatar' & 'Milk' Roles

Matt Damon Regrets Turning Down 'Avatar' & 'Milk' Roles

Matt Damon and his wife Luciana walk through JFK Airport with their daughters – Alexia, Gia, Isabella, and Stella – on Friday (December 14) after arriving in New York City.

The 42-year-old actor recently chatted with Playboy about roles he regrets turning down.

“Having to say no to Avatar was tough because I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do, because he’s fantastic,” Matt said. “He knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to go see it anyway. When he said, “Look, I’m offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn’t need you,” I remember thinking, Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he’s going to make a star out of some guy who’s going to start taking jobs from me later.”

Matt also says he regrets having to turn down the role in Milk that eventually went to Josh Brolin.

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  • Amanda

    Well, he’s never been the smartest actor when it comes to picking roles.

  • XxXxX

    lol! He wouldn’t have been good. I can’t see as the lead. The guy Cameron chose was definitely a better fit. Much better. Damon is not hot.

  • Jess

    I usually like Damon, but I think he comes off really arrogant in that interview.

  • JIM

    MATT DAMON DID NOT TURN DOWN ROLES IN AVATAR AND MILK!!!!!! I WROTE AVATAR AND MILK!!!! MATT DAMON WAS NEVER CONSIDERED FOR A ROLE IN MY FILMS!!!! THESE PEOPLE HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT STEAL MY WORK!!! YOU WILL BE SUED!!! ALL OF YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!! JUST JARED WILL BE SUED FOR SUPPORTING PEOPLE THAT STEAL MY WORK AND POSTING FALSE INFORMATION!!!

  • cmac

    Matt is a very good actor and an even better human being. He’s just being honest not arrogant. If anything, he’s showing his insecurity about the competition in show business. I can’t see him in Avatar but I can see him in the Dan White role in Milk. It turned out well with Josh Brolin who is also a very good actor. I hope Matt’s upcoming film, Promised Land, is good.

    “Hot” is in the eye of the beholder. Matt has guy next door looks. Some of us find intelligence and integrity sexy.

  • JIM

    JAMES CAMERON WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!

  • laura

    Cute family! He seems to be a really good guy!

  • Whateva!

    @JIM:

    Jim, you’re funny!

  • JIM

    @Whateva!: I’M GOING TO SUE AND KILL ALL OF YOU VILE, EVIL PIECE OF SHIT THIEVES!!!

  • Losa

    Poor Matt ! Too much estrogens in the family. The girls are cut but he deserves a boy too.

  • JIM

    @JIM: I WILL BE FILING MY LAWSUITS VERY SOON!!! YOU PEOPLE WILL CORRECT EVERYTHING I’VE DONE IN FILM, TV, AND MUSIC!!! YOU OWE ME A INSANE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND A INSANE AMOUNT OF CREDITS!!!

  • JIM

    @cmac: MATT DAMON IS NOTHING BUT A VILE, EVIL PIECE OF SHIT THIEF!!! HE WILL BE SUED!!! ALL OF YOU PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR THESE PEOPLE STEALING MY WORK!!!

  • Cate

    @cmac: Exactly. He’s one of the few Hollywood actors I genuinely believe is a good guy and he always comes across as intelligent, honest and genuine in his interviews.

    I love how honest he is here and I wish he had been in Avatar rather than the bland Sam Worthington. It says something about how forgettable Worthington’s performance was that the poster XxXxX above calls Worthington “the guy” rather than his name.

  • JIM

    @Cate: ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD ARE INSANELY EVIL!!! THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT STEAL MY WORK!!! THESE PEOPLE WILL BE SUED FOR STEALING MY WORK AND THE REST OF YOU WILL BE SUE FOR SUPPORTING THEM!!!

  • LOOL

    @JIM: LOOOOOL, I CAN’T TAKE YOU SERIOUS LOOL. IT IS A LITTLE EARLY FOR APRIL FOOL, DON’T YOU THINK? LOOL PLZ IF THEY DID STEAL YOUR WORK WHY WASTE YOUR TIMES ON JJ. IT’S TOO HILARIOUS

  • Alaia

    @Amanda: Erm, seriously? He has worked with some of the best directors out there. Gilliam, Soderbergh, Van Sant, Scorsese, Eastwood, Spielberg…he’s worked with them all.

    But in a way, I’m glad he turned down Milk because Josh Brolin is now an Oscar nominee!

  • Yoda

    He was hilarious in The Informant! Actors are a generally insecure lot. They have to sit around and wait for people to give them a job.

  • Jacko

    Poor Matt, I hope he gets a son next time.

  • TF

    Josh Brolin looks like a clone of Dan White, so it was probably for the best.

    Would’ve liked to see Matt in Avatar though.

  • reni

    I don’t understand why every website says ” their daughters”. Alexia is not his daughter. As good of stepfather as he may be, i’m sure the father must feel bad seeing him refereed as his kid’s father….

  • kab

    thats what he gets for letting his wife dominate him.she should consider herself lucky too have him take her away from the life she had working in a bar. he has no backbone when it comes too her.

  • L.

    Lovely Family! (ツ)

  • JIM

    @LOOL: THESE PEOPLE STEALING MY WORK IS A REAL PROBLEM THAT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR 30+ YEARS AND WEBSITES LIKE JUST JARED MAKE IT WORSE WHEN THEY SUPPORT THESE PEOPLE BY POSTING ADS WITH FALSE INFORMATION!!! YOU WILL ALL BE SUED AND KILLED FOR THESE PEOPLE STEALING MY WORK!!!! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!

  • Hamlet

    Because it is easier and more sensitive to say that all those kids are his daughter, #20.

  • NE1

    Avatar would have been better with him. I dunno about Milk tho.

  • British Latin American

    @reni: I’m not sure that his stepdaughter’s blood father is involved in his daughter’s life. If I’m wrong someone correct me.

  • kab

    this is so phony . its for the benifit of the paps that they make it look like they are handling the children by themselves.but while in LA. they were out partying and going too premeires so they had too take nannies and help with them.

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