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15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About The Bourne Supremacy

Nobody ever expected there to be a sequel to The Bourne Identity, which was assumed to be a turkey after a disastrous shoot. When it became a surprise box office success, along came The Bourne Supremacy.

How much do you know about Bourne's second adventure? Take a look and find out. Warning: All information is classified and your mind will be wiped.

And here are 15 things you (probably) didn't know about The Bourne Identity

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    None of the cast or creators originally wanted to make a sequel because the original had been such a nightmare experience. Matt Damon was quoted at the time of the first film's release saying there was "very little chance" of a second film.

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    Similarly, The Bourne Supremacy wasn't made with any intention of feeding into a third, so when it was such a hit the writers had to find something new for Bourne to uncover about himself.

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    An early draft of the script had Marie (Franke Potente) dying in a bus accident and Bourne nearly killing the driver in a fury. He was arrested and put in prison in India, where he made a number of allies who helped him escape.

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    Bourne doesn't smile once in the entire movie, even at the beginning when he's supposed to be happy. Misery.

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    Greengrass and Damon re-shot the film's ending just two weeks before release, at a cost of $200,000 dollars. Originally the film ended with Bourne confessing to Neski's daughter, but the reshoots added the scene in New York with Bourne talking to Pamela Landy.

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    The film's locations were shot in the reverse of the order in which they appear in the film, so Russia was shot first and Goa last.

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    It was screenwriter Tony Gilroy who first suggested Paul Greengrass as the second film's director after seeing his work on Bloody Sunday.

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    Including share of the box office, Matt Damon's total pay for making The Bourne Supremacy was $26 million.

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    Tony Gilroy was paid $3 million to write the second film, a significant payrise from The Bourne Identity. He had been reluctant to return after a terrible relationship with Doug Liman, the director of the first film.

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    The average length of a shot in the movie is just 2.4 seconds.

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    In the scene where Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) is on the phone to Bourne it's heard in the background that 90 seconds are needed to track Bourne's location. He hangs up after exactly 88 seconds.

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    A before-she-was-famous Michelle Monaghan appears very briefly, playing a CIA employee called Kim.

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    The Bourne Supremacy grossed $289 million worldwide, well up on the The Bourne Identity's $214 million.

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    Damon accidentally knocked out Tim Griffin, the actor who played the CIA agent who interrogates Bourne after he's captured.

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    Because he struggled with learning the German and Russian he needed to speak in the movie, Damon just mouthed those lines on set and then re-recorded them in post-production with a Russian/German speaker standing next to him and coaching him until he got the pronunciation right.

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