Last week while encouraging the Oberlin college students to fight the good fight for authentic dining hall sushi, Lena Dunham reposted (then later deleted) an Instagram post by Girls producer Tami Sagher encouraging New Yorkers to peel away the guns from the Jason Bourne subway posters. Maria Menounos recently asked Jason Bourne himself what he thought about Lena Dunham calling on subway passengers to remove the gun from his cold, two-dimensional hands.
Matt Damon, seen above looking like he’s in a modern reboot of The Love Boat, told Maria during an interview with E! News that he gets why people would want to channel their inner bikini waxer and rip-rip-rip the guns off the Jason Bourne posters. But he also wants to remind everyone that erasing the gun from Jason Bourne’s hand is a little redundant, since that’s what Jason Bourne does.
“I totally get it. I mean especially given what’s going on recently, and I get not wanting to see a picture of a gun right now, and I don’t blame her at all. I mean for the marketing purposes of Jason Bourne – I mean he is a guy who runs around with a gun, so it’s not gratuitous marketing, but certainly in light of recent events I understand that impulse to want to tear the gun out of the picture.”
Maria asked Julia Stiles the same question, and her answer was a little different. Like Matt, Julia says she understands that there’s been a whole lot of gun news lately, but she followed it up with a “really?” face while explaining that Jason Bourne doesn’t glorify violence.
“This movie’s perspective is not one that glorifies or makes heroic the idea of being violent. In fact, it’s the opposite. The main character, Jason Bourne, is very much struggling with his own conscience, and the reason that he’s been tortured throughout the whole series is because he regrets having to kill people for what he thought was a good cause. I feel like it promotes the idea of questioning violence and questioning your government.”
I don’t know how many people are going to come out of Jason Bourne with an itch to start listening to Rage Against the Machine while browsing Amazon for Guy Fawkes masks. But I doubt it will make them want to rush out and buy a gun in an attempt to look as cool as sexy blue-eyed DILF of many children Matt Damon. I’m sure people didn’t rush out and drop thousands of dollars at their local rhinestone and fur trim emporium after they saw pictures of Matt in Behind the Candelabra, right? Actually, that’s a terrible example, because OF COURSE people did that. I myself am sitting on at least $60 worth of unused stick-on gems that I bought after I watched the first trailer.
Here’s more of Jason Bourne – sans gun – at the premiere for Jason Bourne in Nevada on Monday, as well as Julia Stiles and Alicia Vikander.