Exclusive: Edward Norton Talks The Bourne Legacy Story and Whether or Not He's a Villain
08.08.12 by Ryan
This week sees the release of The Bourne Legacy, the latest installment of the Bourne franchise. Of course, this is also the one without Matt Damon in the title role, as Jeremy Renner takes over as operative Aaron Cross, who was trained in a similar program to Jason Bourne's Operation Treadstone. Like Bourne, however, Cross is soon on the run from his agency once the events of 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum forces the program to shut down. Cross then finds himself and scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) hunted by Edward Norton's Agent Byer (see how Legacy relates to the original trilogy here). When Reelz sat down with Norton to discuss the movie, the actor compared Legacy's place in the franchise with that of a Russian doll.
It's sort of like the Russian dolls. You know, you start with the little one and there's the bigger one outside...and with my character and Rachel and Jeremy, you're sort of going to the next level of the Russian dolls and realizing that everything that's been going on in the first ones is sort of inside a nest of other things that are happening in parallel.
According to Norton, his character is not exactly "villainous" in that he's "not relishing the things that he's doing," but, as he explains in the interview below, isn't afraid of making decisions for the greater good.
The Bourne Legacy was written by director Tony Gilroy and his brother Dan. The movie co-stars returning Bourne actors Albert Finney, Joan Allen and David Strathairn, as well as newcomers Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Sucker Punch) and Stacy Keach.