A mixed bag of moviegoers navigated the ice floes forming on Broadway Thursday night for the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers-sponsored premiere of “Green Zone.” Julia Stiles, Howard Stern and Maria Bartiromo all turned out for the Iraq war action drama, which stars Matt Damon as an army specialist on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction.
Co-star Amy Ryan walked the red carpet in a Marchesa dress and Tiffany jewelry, a considerable departure from the correspondent-ready khaki she sported as a newspaper reporter in the film. “Wardrobe was a good fake tan,” Ryan said.
The movie is Damon’s third collaboration with director Paul Greengrass, who helmed the last two entries in the “Bourne” franchise. “It’s sadism, isn’t it, really?,” Greengrass joked of his penchant for putting the actor through a seemingly endless series of car chases and gun fights. The film is also the latest in a line of projects to see a Damon character delve into one kind of espionage or another.
The man of the hour, who wore a three-piece suit and the beginnings of a moustache, explained the wealth of such material on his resume. “In the last decade, there was a lot of intrigue and questioning about the world… I think Hollywood responded to that,” Damon said. “And at the end of the day, I’m hired labor.”