Oppenheimer blames Matt Damon for failing to take a break from acting.
During an interview Entertainment Weekly, Damon revealed that he promised his wife he would take a step back under one condition. “I actually negotiated in couples therapy — which is a true story — as a warning that I would take a break if Chris Nolan called,” she said.
“It sounds made up, but it’s actually true,” he explained. “I’m not going to get too personal — I’ve had extensive discussions with my wife that I’m taking time off.”
Damon recalled that director Christopher Nolan effectively put him on the back burner after appearing in Interstellar in 2014.[He] Put me on ice for a couple of films,” he said. “So, I’m not in the loop.”
Feeling safe to take some time off, Damon agreed to take a break from acting until Christopher Nolan called. “It’s not knowing if he’s working on something because he’s not telling you. He’s calling you outright. So, it’s a moment in my house. Of course, Nolan called.
Damon will play Major General Leslie Groves in Nolan’s upcoming biopic Oppenheimer. Groves, who oversaw the Manhattan Project, helped J. Worked closely with Robert Oppenheimer. He is also playing the lead role in the upcoming film.
The all-star ensemble cast is packed with big names, including Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Buck, Rami Malek and more. David Dastmalchian William L. Joining the cast as Borden is Drake and Josh star Josh Beck as real-life scientist Kenneth Bainbridge.
No wonder Damon wants to be involved in Nolan’s next big film. The director himself revealed that it took a lot of effort on Oppenheimer to record the world’s first nuclear explosion – the Trinity nuclear test – without using CGI.
“It’s one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever taken on in terms of its size and the breadth of Oppenheimer’s story,” Nolan said.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.