Matt Damon: ‘The Great Wall’ Is ‘Bigger Than Anything I’ve Ever Been A Part Of’

Damon talks moving to China, learning archery, mastering a new dialect and more!

BackstageOL’s Dave Morales sat down with actor Matt Damon in this backstage interview to talk about The Great Wall.

Damon, who is a fan of legendary director Zhang Yimou, explained how he first got involved with the monster film and what it was like to shoot the biggest production ever in China with his family by his side.

“That was part of the whole adventure of it,” said Damon. “I moved there with my wife and kids… It was really cool for my kids to see this whole other culture.”

As for the challenges of playing William, a European mercenary, Damon said that learning the art of archery and mastering a “made-up” accent was the most challenging.


Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

The Great Wall hits theaters Friday, February 17th. Check out the full interview with Damon below:

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