Jason Bourne star Matt Damon turned down the lead role of James Cameron’s sci-fi film Avatar due to scheduling conflicts and passed on a staggering amount of money.
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During his Cannes Film Festival masterclass, Damon discussed declining Cameron’s offer to play the lead role in the 2009 blockbuster despite the generous money offer he would have received.
“I was offered a little movie called Avatar, James Cameron offered me 10% of it,” says Damon.
“I will go down in history… you will never meet an actor who turned down more money.”.
The role was eventually offered to Sam Worthington, however, he did not receive 10% of the film’s profits.
Damon has been in a plethora of films including The Martian, Elysium, Interstellar, and Good Will Hunting. »