Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The two names have come to become synonymous – two best friends from Boston who grew up together and made it big in Hollywood. If it sounds like a fairytale, it’s because it is.
Matt Damon opens up about their long relationship and history in a new interview with Boston Magazine. He talks about winning an Oscar for Good Will Hunting with Ben for writing, saying, “Ben and I talked about it recently. We were younger than we felt. I was 22 and Ben was 20 when we first started writing it. And then it came out when I was 27 and Ben was 25. I mean, Ben’s still the youngest writer to ever win an Oscar for screenwriting. I’d be the youngest if it weren’t for Ben. F’ing asshole.”
He also talks about what Good Will Hunting means to him, saying, “I don’t think there could ever be another movie that I felt that way about. Because of what it meant for our lives, because of that time in our life. Another movie couldn’t occupy that much of my heart and soul at this point in my life. A movie could never change my life like that again.”
Maybe, maybe not. But for now, a lot more is to come from the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck partnership. When talking about their future, Damon says, “For a while, we thought maybe we should chill and just do other stuff, and not be Matt and Ben, Matt and Ben. But now, I’m gonna direct Matt in the Whitey movie. We have our company together, we’re developing together. And Matt lives down the street from me like he used to. His kids are living with him, the way we used to live with our folks. The only difference is that we have pools.”