According to Digital Spy and reported by the Daily Record, Matt Damon says he has no regrets for turning down the Oscar-winning drama The Fighter. Damon along with original director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) dropped out of the film, leaving Chrstian Bale and David O. Russell to fill their shoes. Considering Bale went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the part, he didn't have that hard a time replacing Damon.
The Batman star took on the role of 'Irish' Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg)'s half-brother Dicky Eklund, (fantastic names by the way) which was originally intended for the Adjustment Bureau star. However speaking to the Daily Record, Damon said that Bale was better suited to the role which he realised when he watched his performance.
"I was supposed to play Christian's role and I dropped out," he said. "Darren Aronofsky was going to direct it and we both dropped out. But I look at Christian's performance and go, 'My God, the right actor got the part.'"
This wouldn't be the first time Damon's passed on a good role. He joked with The Daily Record, "I'm the guy who passed on Avatar. Score! Actually, I would never pass on a Jim Cameron movie. The truth is I was finishing The Bourne Ultimatum and I literally couldn't do it. I was desperate to work with him. I think he's just a genius."
Damon's known for his self deprecating nature and while he'd have jumped at the chance to do Avatar, he remains confident in his decision to pass up The Fighter. He's now taking a leaf out of his BFF Ben Affleck's book and turning his hand to directing. The Office star John Krasinski will appear in his forthcoming directorial debut, Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. Damon's next acting role is Liberace, in which he plays the lover of Michael Douglas's epnymous pianist, followed by Neill Blomkamp's Elysium.