The List: Ranking of big-screen Jasons
This week, Matt Damon resumes the title role in "Jason Bourne" after letting Jeremy Renner step in as Aaron Cross for 2012's "The Bourne Legacy" (I consider that film the "Friday Night Lights: Season 2" of the Bourne series, as in I'd prefer to imagine it never happened). With that in mind, we thought we'd rank our favorite movie Jasons.
Jason "Preacher" Rowe
True, "Preacher" (Scott Thomson) wasn't a major character in the 1996 film "Twister," but he did land at least one solid line when a character asks him what a category F5 tornado could best be compared to: "The Finger of God." (Also a solid potential name for an EDM DJ.)
"Galaxy Quest," which stars "Tool Time" Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith, is actually far better than its reputation, with the cast of a sci-fi TV series somehow acting the part to save the Earth.
Did Biggs' character in "American Pie" have a name? Does it even matter?
Jason (of "Jason and the Argonauts")
I've never actually seen this movie, but this was the first Jason that popped into my head once we settled on the concept. Isn't pop culture rad?
From another movie I've never seen - he appeared in the "Twilight" series, apparently - but any character played by the great Wendell Pierce (best known as Bunk Moreland from "The Wire," though equally great in "Treme") deserves the added shine.
Like the rest of the cast of "This Is the End," which also includes Seth Rogen, James Franco and Michael Cera (in a scene-stealing turn), Segel plays himself here, landing a solid verbal dig at the years he logged on "How I Met Your Mother."
In terms of spy franchises: Bourne > James Bond > Ethan Hunt > Jack Ryan > "Spy Kids" > Johnny English > Austin Powers
Obviously the campground killer, with his trademark hockey mask, was going to land atop this list. And while it's hard to argue against the greatness of the original, I also appreciate the so-bad-it's-good quality of "Jason Takes Manhattan," which largely takes place in colorless suburban tunnels, as if someone realized too late that actually filming in NYC could be, you know, expensive.