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Marc Maron Is Dating a Hoarder

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On the season finale of Maron, Marc may finally have come to terms with the fact that his fling has turned into girlfriend. However, that fragile stability is shaken up when Marc learns Jen (Nora Zehetner) is getting kicked out of her apartment and needs a place to stay and kind of has her eye on Marc’s empty bedroom to house her stuff. After all, it only has a yoga mat in it. Unfortunately, though, Marc, likes his dusty yoga mat – and his independence. After mulling it over in a very Marc-like way, he ends up feeling okay with Jen moving in, so long as it’s they both agree that – since they’ve only been together for six weeks – this is a bad idea.

Since Marc and Jen were on the same page, it should have been smooth sailing, but since this is Marc and Jen, it’s not. When Marc goes to help Jen pack up, he discovers that Jen is kind of messy. While Marc is more than a little creeped out, he knows that he likes Jen enough to put up a little “adorable hoarding.”

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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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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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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.

Watch as Marc Maron Imagines Life as a Chef Instead of a Comedian

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Do you ever wonder about what your life would be like if you had taken a different path? For example, if you had been cast in the movie Sliding Doors instead of Gwyneth Paltrow? It’s a real brain teaser, right? During the penultimate episode of Maron, a lunch with a old college friend (played by Eric Stoltz) who has reached mainstream success as a filmmaker, sends Marc down a rabbithole of what ifs and maybe sos as he imagines a life spent in anything but comedy. He envisions himself as a gay man, triggered by a college memory where he got a little handsy with another guy. On the alternate to that alternate reality, Marc wonders what his life would be like with a pair of kids, a spirit-crushing wife and a steady paycheck as a company man in boring job.

As his grumpy version of It’s A Wonderful Life continues, Marc conjures up an imaginary life where he wound up as grouchy chef instead of a grouchy comic. Watch now:

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Marc Maron Tells Us the Truth Behind the Stories in Off the Marc

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On Friday, the final two episodes of Marc Maron’s scripted comedy show Maron, aired, which means that today we have two installments of the accompanying web series “Off the Marc,” where Marc tells us the real life inspiration for the episodes.

In episode 9 of Maron, a meeting with an old college friend (Eric Stoltz) who has become a mainstream sell-­ out filmmaker, turns into a job offer of sorts, when the friend offers Marc a rather dubious part in his forthcoming film. As Marc considers the part strictly for the health benefits, he pictures how his life might look had he made different choices. In this episode of “Off the Marc,” Marc expands on that, imagining what his life would be like as a chef, a family man, or a gay man.

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In the season finale, much to Marc’s chagrin, his Sex Fest fling (Nora Zehetner) moves in temporarily with Marc after being evicted. She invades Marc’s boundaries and tensions go through the roof. He questions her hoarding tendencies and believes she lied about being kicked out of her previous apartment. So how much of that is based on Marc’s real life? Find out in the final installment of Off the Marc:

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