Matt Damon reveals how he landed his role in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer; deets-news18

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Last Update: July 19, 2023, 20:36 IST

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Matt Damon plays General Leslie Groves, who played a key role in the Manhattan Project.

Matt Damon has revealed that, with one exception, he made a promise to his wife Luciana to move away from Hollywood.

Actor Matt Damon, during a panel discussion with Entertainment Weekly, revealed the behind-the-scenes events that led to his role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, Oppenheimer. Damon revealed that he had made a commitment to his wife, Luciana, to take a break from Hollywood, with one exception – he would accept a role if offered by noted filmmaker Nolan.

In a recent interview, Matt Damon talked about the story behind getting his role at Oppenheimer. After promising his wife that he would take a break from acting until Christopher Nolan approached him, fate intervened when Nolan himself called and offered him the role. He revealed that they negotiated this exception during couple’s therapy. Nolan, who is known for keeping his projects secret, confirmed Damon’s unexpected call and called it a fun take on things during the panel discussion.

Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, has sold over 2 lakh tickets in India even before its theatrical release, generating huge excitement globally. Matt Damon plays General Groves, a key figure in the Manhattan Project, the secret program behind the creation of the atomic bomb during World War II. In conversation with Fox News Digital, Matt Damon shared his research process, finding the project and his character’s dynamics exciting. He described General Groves as a brilliant but unpopular figure, as friction continued to arise between the military and the scientists involved in the project.

Oppenheimer brings to the fore the jarring paradox of a physicist who tries to save the world by risking the development of a devastating weapon. The film stars Cillian Murphy in the lead role, alongside Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and Matt Damon. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, known as the “father of the atomic bomb”, was a physicist whose extensive research led to the development of the first atomic bomb known to mankind.