Matt Damon has played a series of pranks on the public to publicise his new Jason Bourne film.
In scenes designed to resemble the Bourne movies, “spies” approached unsuspecting people and gave them a mobile phone. They were told simply “Answer the call”.
Unbeknownst to them, it was Damon who then phoned and gave them bizarre tasks to carry out. Some people instantly hung up when the phone went. When Damon asked to speak to “Steven”, one woman replied: “I don’t know a Steven. Is that a guy I hooked up with?”
Damon’s instructions included buying hot dogs, before eventually participants were told to enter a parking garage, where they were greeted by the actor, who gave each of the successful “spies” two tickets to the premiere of the new film, simply titled Jason Bourne.
Damon told the ticket winners: “In the future, when people call you with requests like that, don’t follow them.” The stunt was also done to raise money for water charity Water.Org as part of Damon’s association with the Omaze fundraising body.
Jason Bourne is the fifth Bourne movie and the first since The Bourne Legacy in 2012. It’s written and directed by Paul Greengrass, who directed the first four films in the saga as well as United 93 and Captain Philips.