Why Matt Damon Quit and Ben Affleck Replaced Damon for ‘Daredevil’ Movie

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon at premiere of PROJECT GREENLIGHT, NY 11/27/2001 (Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com)

Matt Damon reveals that he would play ‘Daredevil’ in a reboot if Christopher Nolan directs it.

Speaking with  The Daily News to promote his latest film, The Martian, Damon said he had the chance to play Daredevil in 2003 but ended up dropping from the movie because he wasn’t familiar with the director. Had Christopher Nolan directed, it would have been a completely different story and possibly a completely different movie.

“For [me and Ben] it was always ‘Daredevil’ — that’s the comic we read when we were kids,” said Damon. “But when that one came along (in 2003) I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell. I hadn’t seen the director (Mark Steven Johnson‘s) work and I didn’t know. So I just said, ‘No.’ Ben[Affleck] was like, ‘I gotta do it.

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Matt Damon (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Matt Damon added: “If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil,’ I would be in,” Damon said. “Just putting that out there,” he said, joking.

But, that Daredevil movie will probably never happen. Christopher NOlan currently has a deal to direct and produce Warner Bros. superhero movies, which makes a rival of Daredevil’s Marvel. Charlie Cox is already cast in the Netflix series.

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