Isaacs: Damon told me to hit him
Published 04/03/2010 | 11:21
Jason Isaacs has revealed Matt Damon told him to "go for it" in their fight scenes.
The British actor stars opposite Matt in Paul Greengrass' new thriller Green Zone, about a US soldier who goes rogue while on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Jason revealed: "On my first day - I'd just met him, I wasn't quite sure how it was going to be with him but he just said, 'Go for it, do what you've got to do and let's make it look good' so I had a lot more respect for him at the end of the day than I had even when I started."
The Harry Potter star had worked with British director Paul Greengrass years earlier on a TV drama, and told how he demanded a lot more action from him now, but that Matt took the brunt of it.
Asked if Greengrass put him through a lot, he said: "No, no, I put Matt through a lot. I had to run essentially, for a year, it's a modern chase movie in some ways.
"But also I had to beat Matt up and shove his face in the dirt and kick him in the nuts and stuff so I think Matt got the worst of it."
Matt plays a soldier fighting to expose the Bush administration's WMD deception. His character, Roy Miller, is based on real-life army chief warrant officer, Richard (Monty) Gonzales, whose team was charged with finding the WMDs during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.