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Watch Illeana Douglas and Marc Maron on “Maron,” airing tonight at 10/9c

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So far on “Maron” we’ve met Marc Maron’s wheeling-dealing dad (played by Judd Hirsch) and his boundary crossing mom (played by Sally Kellerman) and with those two as parents it’s easy to understand some of Marc’s relationship issues. When you tune in this Friday at 10/9c for a new episode of “Maron,” Marc’s podcast guest and friend, Illeana Douglas, breaks it to Marc that his ex-­wife is having a baby. Marc being Marc, this information sets him into a downward spiral, but Illeana is there to help. She sets him up on a blind date with a nice girl, but, of course, he falls for a raunchy dominatrix instead.

Watch as Ileana tries to convince Marc to put more effort into his dating life and then tune in for a new episode of “Maron” on Friday at 10/9c:

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

What to watch on IFC tonight: The new episode of “Maron,” of course

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Tonight at 10/9c there’s an all new episode of “Maron.” On the show’s debut episode, Marc and podcast guest turned erstwhile sidekick Dave Foley tracked down an internet troll and walked straight into his Dungeons & Dragons game. Last week, Marc faced down questions about his masculinity from Denis Leary and handled getting a dead opossum out from under his house with the help of his new assistant, Kyle (Josh Brener). This week, Marc’s faces his biggest hurdle yet: His dad. Marc’s estranged dad, Larry (Judd Hirsch) shows up in an RV at Marc’s house with yet another foolproof scheme to get rich quick. Marc and Larry air their grievances towards each other and a power struggle ensues. Additional guest stars: Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes and Jeff Garlin.

Watch Jeff Garlin meet Marc’s dad in this sneak peek now, watch our “Arrested Development” marathon starting at 8/7c and tune in at 10/9c for a new episode of “Maron”

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Marc Maron stopped by “The Soup” with Joel McHale

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Marc Maron tweeted this about his recent media tour in support of his new television show, “Maron,” and his memoir, “Attempting Normal”:

Personally, we feel like we could have a “Maron” media blitz forever, because there are few things we like more than having Marc stroll on to the set of some our favorite shows to promote our new favorite show “Maron.” Speaking of which, Marc stopped by “The Soup” to chat with host and “Community” star Joel McHale about what else? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby. Watch it here.

Marc’s appearance on “The Soup” follows in the footsteps of Joel’s appearance on Marc’s WTF podcast. When Joel stopped by Marc’s garage they talked about Joel show business goal to find success on a groundbreaking TV series and what it’s like to achieve that goal on a show like “Community,” what it’s really like working with Chevy Chase and how he became the guy on “The Soup.” Head here to listen.

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