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Matt Damon to Pass 'Bourne' to Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington

March 1, 2010 (3:53 am) GMT
The actor who has tackled the role of Jason Bourne in three 'Bourne' movies says he may not return to the next film, picking Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington to replace him.

is contemplating stepping down from the "Bourne" action franchise and passing the role on to or - because he's convinced that's the only way the brand can continue. The actor is in talks to reprise his Jason Bourne character for the fourth time, but he is hesitant to pledge his commitment to the "Bourne" series after director Paul Greengrass announced his departure from the spy series in 2009.

Discussing the rumors of another installment, Damon tells the New York Daily News, "If Paul Greengrass does it and we have something to say, definitely." But Damon admits his time as Bourne may be coming to an end - because he thinks the franchise would work better if it evolved to introduce new actors into the lead role.

And the Hollywood star already has a few of his peers in mind. He says, "I think the way to extend the franchise is to create a 'Bourne identity' that different actors can take on. I could pass the identity to Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington or ."

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