Matt Damon says he's "totally fine" with a younger actor taking over the role of Jason Bourne after he's done with the action franchise.
Speaking on a promotional tour in Seoul, South Korea, Damon, who returns for the fifth installment titled Jason Bourne that's released this summer, said he was "definitely going to be replaced some day by some new young Jason Bourne. That happens to everybody and they reboot these things, and that's totally fine."
Damon added: "The only control I can exercise is over the ones that I'm part of. I'm the curator of them as long as I'm involved and that's why I battled so hard to make sure that we got the same creative people [including director Paul Greengrass] to get involved in this one."
Fourteen years since the first film in the franchise, Damon said he was "very excited" to be playing Bourne again, a character that "had a huge impact on my life and career."
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Matt Damon through the years
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Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Tommy Lee Jones, center , arrives at the premiere of " The Good old boys" with Blayne Weaver, left and Matt Damon, February 28, 1995. ( AP Photo/Alan J. Duignan)
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Matt Damon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1274 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Matt Damon during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 1, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
"Good Will Hunting" co-stars Matt Damon, right, and Robin Williams arrive at the fourth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 8, 1998. Williams went on to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film and Damon is nominated for Best Actor. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Matt Damon during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BOSTON, : Oscar winning actor Matt Damon from Cambridge, Massachusetts, signs autographs prior to the Home-Run Derby during the 70th Baseball All-Star Week12 July, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The All-Star will be played 13 July between the American and National Leagues. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
368219 04: Actor Matt Damon stars as Rannulph Junuh in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance, to be distributed domestically by DreamWorks. (Photo by David James/Newsmakers)
385569 20: (NO WHO WEEKLY) FILE PHOTO: Actor Matt Damon attends the world premiere of his new film 'All The Pretty Horses' December 10, 2000 at the Beekman Theater in New York City. A Rhodesian Ridgeback dog who resembles actor Matt Damon 'especially in the eyes' says his owner, participated in an audition for pets that look like celebrities February 15, 2001 at Universal Studios in Burbank, CA. The dog was one of several dozens pets competing for a video spot on 'Animal Planet Live', a new attraction at Universal Studios. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Liaison)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 12: (Publicist approval required for ALL usages) Actor Matt Damon on the set during filming of 'The Bourne Identity' on January 12, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
American actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photocall at Deauville's American Film Festival to promote his film "Gerry," Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)
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Matt Damon at a special screening of "Stuck on You".
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Actor Matt Damon points something out as he sits in Fenway Park with his girlfriend Luciana Barroso prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston Tuesday, July 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Cast members Brad Pitt, left, Catherine Zeta-Jones, center, and Matt Damon arrive for the premiere of "Ocean's Twelve," at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Hollywood star Matt Damon speaks at a news conference to promote one of his latest movies "The Bourne Supremacy" at a Tokyo hotel Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005. The new film, a sequel to Damon's hit movie "The Bourne Identity," about amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, will be released Feb. 11 in Japan. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Actor Matt Damon and his nephew, Jack Damon, watch the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, June 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso at the premiere of "The Good Shepherd".
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Actor Matt Damon pumps his fist during the Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament of World Series Poker in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actor Matt Damon, center, is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant, left, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leroy Gubbler in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
U.S. actor Matt Damon waves as he arrives for the Australian premier of his movie, "The Bourne Ultimatum", at a Sydney theater Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Actor Matt Damon poses for a photo prior to a interview at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 8 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Actor Matt Damon speaks during a news conference announcing a commitment that aims to create increased access to water and sanitation worldwide at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Friday, Sept 26, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actor Matt Damon visits the South African border town with Zimbabwe of Mesina to draw attention on the plight on those fleeing from economic collapse and dire humanitarian situation Tuesday , March 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Actor Matt Damon participates in a press conference for the film 'The Informant!' during the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2009 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor and honoree Matt Damon speaks at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actor Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso attend the world premiere of 'The Adjustment Bureau' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
U.S. actor Matt Damon arrives for the press conference of the film Contagion at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Actor Matt Damon, from the upcoming film "Elysium", poses for a portrait during Comic-Con, Friday, July 13, 2012, in San Diego. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, actor Matt Damon, from the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra", poses for a portrait during the HBO Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave are set to feature in a night of readings and a town hall discussion hosted by The Public Theater. The June 17 one-night-only event at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park will also feature Christine Baranski, Gloria Reuben, Raul Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe and Marsha Stephanie Blake. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Matt Damon, right, and Luciana Barroso arrive at the world premiere of "Elysium" at the Regency Village Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon looks around Fenway Park during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Matt Damon arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon, actor and co-founder of Water.org, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in a session, "Cities as Labs of Innovation," Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Luciana Barroso, left, and Matt Damon attend the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Matt Damon attends The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of "The Leisure Class" in Los Angeles. Damon has apologized for comments regarding diversity in filmmaking that sparked widespread backlash, after a portion of a conversation from HBOâs âProject Greenlightâ circulated online. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
In this Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Matt Damon poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in "The Martian" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Matt Damon attends the European premiere of 'The Martian' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
He said, however, it wasn't easy to keep up with action sequences at his age. "It's difficult when you're 45 compared to when you're 29, but you still have to run as fast as you can. That part was a challenge but to get to revisit the people was wonderful. But I said, let's smell the roses as we say and appreciate that we get to be here together, and make sure we have fun [especially because it was so tense on the set for the other films]."
The star emphasized, however, that there was also something new fans can look forward to.
"You'll see what you've seen before [in the upcoming film] and will recognize it as a Jason Bourne movie but it feels new and of the world we're living in today," he said, such as a massive car chase scene that left 170 vehicles getting towed in front of the Bellagio Hotel fountains on Las Vegas Boulevard. "It's where we ended Ocean's Eleven," he said. "It's bigger than anything we've done but it has this same kind of visceral experience that these Bourne car chases have been known for. Hopefully it's the best one yet."
He added that moviegoers will be able to feel the vibe of "new energy and new people between Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones and the best upcoming actress in the world, Alicia Vikander." Among co-stars, the Oscar-winning Vikander accompanied the Asia tour that kicks off in Korea.
Vikander said it was an incredibly "emotional" coming back to South Korea, where she had her first international film festival experience in Busan with her first feature film Pure in 2010. "It was a whirlwind moment coming here and I hadn't been to Cannes so the red carpet was mind-blowing at [the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)]. To be back here, it both feels that a lot of time has passed and that it has gone by in a second," she said about winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl since then.
Jason Bourne will be released in Korea two days ahead of the rest of the world on July 27 via UPI Korea. Shortly after on Aug. 18, another one of Damon's iconic films, Good Will Hunting, will be re-released in Korean theaters in a digitally re-mastered format in time for its 20th anniversary.
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