Matt Damon refuses to voice video game

Matt DamonMatt Damon has decided not to lend his voice to his movie character, Jason Bourne, in Sierra’s upcoming Bourne Conspiracy game, because of the game’s level of violence. Damon had been in negotiations regarding including his likeness and voice in the game early in its development cycle, but opted out once he found out about the amount of violence involved. However, Bourne author Robert Ludlum’s estate is cooperating with Sierra and High Moon Studios on the game and it will be released using another actor’s voice and image.

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  1. Nancy • May 2, 2008 @ 9:26 AM

    Go ahead and use another actor’s voice and image… least Matt cares that video games are too violent for our children these days.

  2. Anonymous • May 2, 2008 @ 9:59 AM

    Your right Nancy but why should we care what a child thinks about a rated M game if they aren’t suppose to be playing mature games, and i think that they should blame the stores that sell that game to a minor. That why there a big deal about violent games. And the parents are also to blame cuz they still buy the 11 year old a rated M game.

  3. finally • May 2, 2008 @ 10:15 AM

    I think its really great that someone FINALLY decides to chose morals over money. Its true the blame lies on parents and stores but also on the maker. They don’t care who buys it, they just put the rating to please people. They want to sell and make their money.
    Way to go Matt Damon!!!

  4. Dave • May 2, 2008 @ 10:27 AM

    video games don’t make people violent.
    be a good parent and stop looking for scape goats

  5. Rossman • May 2, 2008 @ 12:08 PM

    “I think its really great that someone FINALLY decides to chose morals over money.”

    Yeah, it’s easy to do that when you are already incredibly rich.

  6. Dave • May 2, 2008 @ 12:39 PM

    Just get the guy that did his voice for Team America: World Police. He sounds just like him.

  7. Anonymous • May 2, 2008 @ 12:57 PM

    isn’t the movie just as violent though? i haven’t seen them, so i don’t know for sure.

  8. ugh • May 2, 2008 @ 2:05 PM

    if a child ends up playing an M-rated game its the PARENTS’ fault, why? because stores are prohibitted to sell M games to children under the age of 17. I’ve worked at EB Games… don’t tell me otherwise.

  9. Spanky! • May 2, 2008 @ 3:44 PM

    Matt’s a goof, did he watch any of the films he played the main character in? The movies were violent, the character was an assassin, what the hell is is problem? Morals over money my ass, he walked cause they didn’t pay enough, the violence is a smoke screen.

  10. sk8tergirl • May 2, 2008 @ 4:23 PM

    A wise decision. there’s just too much violence in games like that.

  11. Anonymous • May 2, 2008 @ 5:23 PM

    whats the difference. he already stared in three violent films. Thats just stupid.

  12. Poppa John's in Exile • May 2, 2008 @ 6:35 PM

    Parents always have been the problem. Parents also fall victim to “peer pressure”.
    ie: Mom, John’s dad lets him play this!!! Then they have to fall into line like John’s dad. Whoever the hell that is!!
    Parents should set the example.

  13. Drithaan • May 2, 2008 @ 6:35 PM

    The Average video game player is 30 years old. Explain how he would be corrupting his audience, exactly? Parents are responsible for the content they allow their children to see.

  14. natster • May 2, 2008 @ 8:23 PM

    I really like Matt Damon the actor. I really like his movies. But it doesn’t make any sense to me his PR release saying he thinks this game is too violent as his movies were the same. Sorry Matt, I think I’m going to go with the “not enough money offered” argument.

  15. Elbs • May 3, 2008 @ 1:42 AM

    Good! Clearly his movies are just as violent, if not more, then any video game he’ll ever be in.

    It’s the PARENTS responsibility to keep your kids from playing mature games. Next time you buy your kid an M rated game why don’t you buy them a stack of porno mags and some cigars while your at it.

  16. Wasdf • May 3, 2008 @ 2:26 AM

    That’s actually pretty ridiculous considering how violent the movies are.

  17. DaVeO • May 3, 2008 @ 10:10 AM

    The problem is the out-dated thinking that video games are strictly a child’s medium. The truth is that more 17-35 males play video games than any other demographic.

    Also, it’s hypocritical of Matt to STAR in the violent movies and snubb a video game with digitized people for being too violent, BASED on his movies.

    Does he not think kids watched the Bourne movies on DVD?

  18. Anonymous • May 5, 2008 @ 10:14 AM

    matt damon should realize its not his job to keep kids from playing mature video games its the parents its crazy how they can not care about there children and then one day they get a call from the school saying there kids where in a fight so they blame the games hey you let them buy it idiot and if a few kids get a video game mixed with real life that doesnt mean that all kids will

  19. Alex • May 5, 2008 @ 1:51 PM

    If he doesn’t want to do it, why should he?

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