Matt Damon Regrets Turning Down Avatar Role
A-lister was forced to say no due to scheduling conflicts...
The Bourne Identity star revealed that he was in line for the part of Jake Sully - eventually played by Sam Worthington - but was forced to say no because of other commitments.
Speaking to Playboy magazine, Matt said: "I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do... When he said, 'Look, I'm offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn't need you,' I remember thinking, 'Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he's going to make a star out of some guy who's going to start taking jobs from me later'."
And that's not the only high-profile character Matt's lost out on. He was also in the running for a starring role in Brokeback Mountain.
Damon explained: "I had just done The Talented Mr Ripley and All The Pretty Horses. I said... 'I just did a gay movie and a cowboy movie. I can't do a gay cowboy movie now'."
And Matt believes the job went to the right man, adding: "The right actor got the part. Heath Ledger was magnificent."