Just a few weeks ago, Erik was telling us about Gael García Bernal being offered the role of the bad guy in the latest Bourne flick, The Bourne Ultimatum, which is shooting in Tangier. Today, sadly, the website Cinematic Happenings Under Development (CHUD) reports that they have it straight from Bernal himself that he is not going to take the part. Bernal was in New York for a press day for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Babel, when CHUD reporter Devin Faraci asked him what's up with Bourne. While Bernal reportedly said that he loves the Bourne movies, he's too busy at the moment finishing up his directorial debut, Déficit, to take on the role of the Bourne villain.

Personally, I'm bummed that Bernal isn't able to take on this role. He has great range as an actor, and he played it up a little rough in Babel. I'd love to see what Bernal would do with the role of an evil villain. I've loved him in everything I've seen him in, and while he does have a pretty face, what's to say a bad guy has to be rough and ugly? I'm also intrigued to see what Bernal does behind the camera with Déficit. Not a lot is known about the film yet, other than it's about a clash between social classes at a family gathering and that it's set in Mexico (and presumably is in Spanish). One of the things I like best about Bernal is his ability to bounce between different projects. If he turns out to be as good behind the camera as he is in front of it, I guess we can all get over not getting to see him in Bourne.

But still, wouldn't it have been fun to see Bernal and Matt Damon going at each other in some good old hand-to-hand combat? Too bad.

[ via Comingsoon.net ]