Matt Damon on pain of friend's murder: 'There was no moment of sweet revenge the night the killers got convicted'
Matt Damon has spoken about his initial desire for revenge after the murder of a childhood friend.
The 45-year-old actor has recently returned to cinema screens as the ex-CIA assassin with amnesia in the new Jason Bourne movie. In the fifth film in the hugely successful franchise, Bourne is determined to get his long-awaited revenge against his former employers.
However, for Matt it brought back memories of his own desire for revenge after his big brother Kyle’s best friend was murdered when the actor was 19, and living just outside Boston, Massachusetts.
Speaking about the ordeal for the first time, Matt told The Mirror: “I remember going through the whole trial afterwards. The night the killers got convicted I had this moment of elation and called my brother to say, ‘We got them!’ And he just said, ‘Who cares?’”
His brother's reaction struck a chord with the Good Will Hunting star as he realised that getting revenge would make little difference to the tragic loss of their friend.
“Obviously he didn’t mean they shouldn’t have gone to jail. But I had put all my energy into thinking that would change what happened. And it didn’t change anything." Matt sighed. “There was no moment of sweet revenge – you just have to handle the pain.
“Now I tend to get past that desire for revenge very quickly, or else you can end up living in the pain and it will consume you. The best revenge is living well.”
The Harvard University educated actor's movie career has gone from strength to strength since then, and new film Jason Bourne, in which he stars alongside Alicia Vikander, looks set to be the most successful yet after taking $106 million (£80 million) worldwide in its opening weekend.