The Bourne franchise’s reliance on character actors in antagonistic and supporting roles has always been a strength. The list of supporting appearances reads like a who’s who of the ’00s’ best hire guns: Brian Cox, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Franka Potente, Walton Goggins, Karl Urban, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and more Among them was Scott Glenn.
While readers will recognize some names and not others, the Bourne films are also enhanced in smaller parts by well-known actors. Albert Finney is shown to incredible effect in Ultimatum and Edward Norton basically walks away with Legacy.
But a special shout out should go to Julia Stiles, who appears as Nicky Parsons in every episode of Jason Bourne’s story and somehow builds a strong character with often few scenes in the film, mostly behind some sort of keyboard. Stiles was briefly an It girl in the early 2000s after Ten Things I Hate About You, but as Nicky, Stiles’ warmer sensibilities make her a good moral compass for Bourne.
While Matt Damon will forever be recognized as the face of the “Bourne” franchise, it would be nowhere without the talent of such supporting stars. Perhaps, it seems, Jason Bourne isn’t as alone as the movies often make it seem.