It took me a little while to recognize the talent in Matt Damon. For a while, I just couldn't stand the guy -- but then I realized something -- I couldn't stand him because of his performance in School Ties. It wasn't that I didn't like the actor, but that his character, Charlie Dillon, had turned me off so much that I had projected the role onto him. It never happened before or since. Now, while he isn't one of the actors I would drop everything to go see in a film, he's very high on my respect list. He's currently kicking arse with the final part of his action series, The Bourne Ultimatum, which has gotten great reviews, and now he's talked to The Associated Press about the role and the film's violence.

The twist in this story is that Damon is the offspring of a college prof who specializes in non-violent conflict resolution. But he explains: "The reason I'm allowed to do this movie and still have a relationship with my mother is because the character bears the responsibility for his actions in a way, and you see the price that he pays for the life that he's chosen to lead." Unlike many other action heroes, Bourne doesn't leave wakes of dead bodies without a blink. Damon also states: "Every role I took, there's always a special eye toward the violence."

This might seem weird coming from a drama-heavy actor who has been in a number of films with violent actions, but he makes a distinction: "There are so many movies that drive my mom just totally crazy, because there are these thousands of acts of violence. The movies are rated PG-13, but the toys are marketed to ages 4 and up. So you get these kids who are just getting pounded by this imagery from a very young age. I don't want to be a part of that." So, no violence marketed towards children for the Bourne star, but we will get to see him put up his dukes in Darren Aronofsky's The Fighter. Bourne might not be the last action role for Damon, but we probably won't see him take over for Bruce Willis on Die Hard.