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Matt Damon On "Jason Bourne"

By: Donna Freydkin

The first time we encounter Jason Bourne, the tormented superspy assassin who returns in the fourth film installment of the franchise, it's his muscled, ripped physique you notice first. He's a bare-knuckle boxer, eking out a living off the grid.

Getting into fighting shape was a battle, says Matt Damon, who headlines "Jason Bourne."

"Oh, god. Mornings it would be high-intensity workouts where you're doing a lot of volume and weights. You never stop moving. You're burning calories and building muscle," he says.

And then, come nighttime, it was the second installment. "In the evenings, I'd box. Or when we were in Tenerife shooting the riot sequence, it's really mountainous. My trainer would point to the top of the mountain and say, 'Run that way.' It's like, I'm never going to get there. Oh, you'll get there. It was necessary. Paul called it a statement of intent," he says.

The Paul in question is Greengrass, who returns to helm the film. He and Damon said they'd only come back if they were a package deal. The two were in sync about how tortured, haunted and worn out Bourne would be.

"You have to believe that that's where he is. There's no other way to do it. We know it's not going to be a happy ending if we see him again. He has to be working through stuff," says Damon.

When he wrapped, Damon indulged. A lot. "Italian food is what I love. Big pasta and red wine. That's my deathbed meal," he says.

It's been a doozy of a year for him. He earned his second acting Oscar nomination for the blockbuster "The Martian," and is finishing up Alexander Payne's "Downsizing." Next, he shoots "Suburbicon" for director George Clooney.

His four daughters (with Damon's equally personable and very cool wife Lucy) have finally seen dad on screen. "'The Martian' was the first one I let them see. I watched it with them. I don't know if he's closest to me. I'm certainly no botanist," says Damon.

As for more "Bourne" films, never say never. "I don't know. I can't see what the story would be, which is a good thing. We should let some time pass and see if there's another story to tell. He'll be out on his own somewhere. What the world is going to look like in five years is a mystery," says Damon.

Matt Damon through the years
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Matt Damon through the years
Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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)
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)
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)

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