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Matt Damon on his 'Great Wall' director: 'I had been chasing Zhang Yimou for 20 years'

By Karen Butler
Actor/producer Matt Damon attends the 89th annual Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 6. Damon's movie "The Great Wall" opens Friday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
1 of 2 | Actor/producer Matt Damon attends the 89th annual Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 6. Damon's movie "The Great Wall" opens Friday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Matt Damon says working with famed filmmaker Zhang Yimou on his China-set, fantasy epic The Great Wall was a dream come true.

"I had been chasing Zhang Yimou for 20 years," the 46-year-old actor told reporters recently at New York Comic Con.

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"I went in to meet with him and we were in an office about this size and it was surrounded by these storyboards and they unveiled them," Damon recalled. "First of all, I knew it was like nothing I'd ever seen, like nothing I'd ever done and it was bigger than anything I could imagine. It was the Great Wall as if it designed by Leonardo da Vinci and the wall kind of came alive and I just looked at it and it just blew me away and then the final thing he showed me was what the monsters would look like and it was Zhang Yimou, so, I said, 'yes.'"

Co-starring Pedro Pascal, Jing Tian, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau, The Great Wall is to open in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Yimou's other film credits include Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower.

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