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Helmer of 'Green Zone,' Bourne pics welcomes comparisons

Paul Greengrass is not bothered that his latest pic, “Green Zone” has been described by many as Jason Bourne in Iraq.

“I take that as a compliment,” helmer, who recently opted out of helming another installment of the “Bourne” franchise, said at pic’s Thursday premiere. “Matt (Damon) and I share the same desire to make films that are high energy and have a lot of action, but are also intelligent, smart and contemporary. So in that sense (“Green Zone”) is like a ‘Bourne’ movie. It has that same sense of energy and hopefully the same satisfaction from the audience’s point of view.”

After the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater screening, inspired by the Rajiv Chandrasekaran book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,”

that focuses on the battleground of Iraq, helmer along with pic’s Damon, Amy Ryan and Brendan Gleeson headed out into blizzard-like conditions to get to the Nobu 57 after-party.

“It seemed like an opportunity,” producer Lloyd Levin said of Damon and Greengrass decision to reunite. “To tell the story we were trying to tell with the urgency and the you-are-there quality of a ‘Bourne’ movie would make this particular story more interesting and more entertaining for a wide audience.”

— Addie Morfoot

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