American actor Matt Damon is well-known for his outstanding performance in a variety of films. His breakthrough role was in Good Will Hunting, and he has subsequently been in a number of big-budget movies. His most recent part was in Christopher Nolan’s gripping biographical film Oppenheimer. However, Damon played a very small part in another Nolan movie. And he and Nolan had a humorous phone call prior to him accepting the part.

Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Matt Damon always chooses quality over quantity

Matt Damon has had the honor of working with some of the best directors in the business. The list of talented directors includes the Coen Brothers and living giants Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. It is clear that Damon decides whether or not to take on a project based mostly on the director and not the size of the role he is getting. With the famous director Christopher Nolan, Damon most recently collaborated on Oppenheimer, one of the biggest films of the year. Despite playing a relatively little part in the film, he had a significant impact. And Damon has played small roles in Nolan’s films before, not just this one.

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Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Damon had jumped at the chance to collaborate with Christopher Nolan on the space adventure Interstellar. Despite having a $165 million production budget, the movie Interstellar ended up being a massive hit, grossing $678 million. Even though Damon had a little part and wasn’t even mentioned in the movie’s promotion, his presence made an impact. He once shared a funny story about how Nolan pitched the movie to him.

Christopher Nolan offered Matt Damon a small role in a funny way

Matt Damon and the rest of the cast had the opportunity to talk with Fandango about Christopher Nolan‘s most recent biographical film, Oppenheimer. The actor, who is well-known for his captivating stories, provided insight into Nolan’s openness in dealing with actors. Damon recalled the funny time when Nolan approached him about playing the part in Interstellar. With his trademark directness, Nolan opened with the statement, “You know they say there are no small parts, there are only small actors?” Damon said with great enthusiasm, “Yeah!” The humorous and sincere punchline from Nolan was, “This is a small part.”

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Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan

Despite the small size of the role, Damon’s presence in Interstellar gave the main character’s journey more complexity and struggle. Audiences who may not have known he was in the movie were pleasantly surprised by his appearance. His portrayal of a villain added a new depth to his resume. And it is definitely noteworthy how Nolan handles actors’ expectations before they sign on to his star-studded films.

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Source: Fandango

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