You may know him from Good Will Hunting (1997), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Departed (2006), or The Martian (2015), but Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon has amassed more than 80 credits since making his big-screen debut in 1988 and has even popped up in a few uncredited roles. Some of the star’s supporting roles, cameos, and even leading roles tend to get overshadowed by his more iconic performances. To celebrate his 49th birthday, we are counting down the top 5 Matt Damon roles you may have forgotten about (or never knew).
5. Wilhelm Grimm
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon) and Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger) in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
You’ve probably heard of the Brothers Grimm and their Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but did you know Matt Damon starred opposite fellow Academy Award®-winner Heath Ledger in a movie loosely based on the famous German brothers? The Brothers Grimm, directed by Terry Gilliam, is a fictitious portrait of Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger) that imagines the brothers as traveling con-artists, duping townspeople with face exorcisms, who must show real courage after encountering a genuine fairy tale curse.
Already an Academy Award ® winner and bona fide action star, Matt Damon makes a surprising cameo as Donny, the lead singer of a punk rock band, in this 2004 comedy. The main character, Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz), learns his former girlfriend, Fiona (Kristin Kreuk), was having an affair with Donny during a graduation party during which Donny sings a song entitled, “Scotty Doesn’t Know.” Damon went all out for the role, sporting multiple piercings and a shaved head, something he was able to do because his role in The Brothers Grimm (which he was still filming) required a wig.
Mystic Pizza (1988)
The most memorable aspect of this 1988 rom-com is 21-year-old Julia Roberts in only her second, credited big-screen appearance. Roberts plays pizzeria waitress Daisy Araújo alongside co-stars Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Adam Storke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and William R. Moses. Matt Damon makes his big-screen debut as Steamer, the brother of Charlie (Adam Storke) and son of the self-proclaimed “pizza connoisseurs,” Chuck (John Cunningham) and Polly Windsor (Ann Flood).
2. Actor Loki (uncredited)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Did you know Matt Damon played Loki in Thor: Ragnarok? Well, he kind of played Loki. After breaking out of the fire demon Surtur’s prison, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to find his brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), disguised as their father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). In this disguise, Loki is enjoying a stage play of a romanticized retelling of the final events from Thor: The Dark World (2013) with Asgardian actors playing Thor, Loki, and Odin. Chris Hemsworth’s brother, Luke Hemsworth, portrays the Thor actor, and, you guessed it, Matt Damon portrays the Loki actor.
1. Redneck #2 (as Dickie Greenleaf)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
(left to right) Cable (Josh Brolin), Redneck #2 (Matt Damon), and Luke/Redneck #1 (Alan Tudyk) in Deadpool 2 (2018)
Remember seeing Matt Damon pop up in the Deadpool sequel? Yeah, not many people do. That’s what makes this role #1 on our list. You probably do remember the scene when Cable (Josh Brolin) travels through time and arrives in the middle of nowhere next to two guys, oblivious to Cable’s arrival, talking on the tailgate of their pickup truck. Well, the one leading the conversation is none other than Matt Damon. Unlike the previous cameo on our list, you’ll have to look closely at this one as Damon is wearing a considerable amount of prosthetics. For an additional layer of deception, Damon was credited as Dickie Greenleaf, the name of Jude Law’s character from The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)—a movie in which Damon co-starred opposite Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.