Twenty years ago, a little indie film about an MIT janitor who is a math genius. He was nominated for nine Academy Awards, won two awards, and began his careers with two young and new faces.
Of course, this film was Good Will Hunting, and, of course, the stars were Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Partnership In Hollywood
Two decades since their historic release, the legacy of the films is at issue following the shocking allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein’s actions and its effect on his films–Good Will Hunting is one of the most awarded. Nonetheless, irrespective of how viewers might think of the curse that started Damon and Affleck’s career, one thing is sure: it also created one of the longest and most exciting partnerships in Hollywood.
Since this monumental first project, both professionally have been inextricably linked. They became friends at Boston’s Cambridge Ringe and Latin School and moved to Los Angeles to live together and began to perfect their scripts and make them a famous film. They didn’t have much more than a desire and prayer, but it all changed.
Both went in different career directions after the Oscar; Affleck went to great blockbusters like Armageddon and Damon and Saving Private Ryan. But even though they have not been on screen in decades, they have continued to come together creatively, owning a production company and working for years on the Greenlight documentary series, which follows directors for the first time. Damon also produced Sea Manchester, which won his own Oscar for Affleck’s brother Casey.
But it’s more fun on the personal side of things. Affleck made many more headlines for much of her early careers than Damon — at least in her own life. He made some questionable film options, of course, but due to his incredibly romantic choices, he became a tabloid fodder on the front page. These were, of course, the Lopezyears of Jennifer. Affleck fell in love and immediately became one-half of the most spoken couple in Hollywood, and the red tapestry appearances and videos of the music did not hurt matters.
Story Of Young Ben
The young Ben was also reasonably critical of these sadnesses. In Bennifer’s ever-public show of affection, the media loved to take his every romantic effort apart and expose the relationship didn’t fit into the public’s notion of him to be a “serious actor” and let him know. All that the devotion of Damon never wavered. He was not on Affleck’s side physically as much as before, but their friendship has made it to the other side of Bennifer, and even now, Damon continues to talk about what he thinks was Affleck’s unfair treatment.
Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Friendship
All friendships ebb and flow, and when the two brothers are lull, they always seem to come during the romantic activities of the other brothers. Take, for example, that none of the actors attended the (first) wedding ceremonies of the other.
We both opted to host retired married couples with only a few guests present— Affleck and Jennifer Garner, former wife, exchanged their vows with her co-star Alias Victor Garber and his girlfriend at the beach, while Damon and Luciana celebrated their wedding at the City Hall in Manhattan. This may say more about each of their romantic personalities than about their friendship, but it’s nevertheless jarring.
To date, the bulk of their shared Hollywood story has been characterized by the “ups” more than the “downs.” And through all this, the public’s favorite subject was their bromance. But the “downs” didn’t exist, that’s not to say.
They were also both in receipt of the negative press over their collective and individual connections to the Weinstein scandal— such as the rumors that Damon helped kill the alleged assaults and Affleck’s violations. The two of them have apologized, and the public story seems to have gone on to more heinous scandals.
There was a time when the controversy could threaten to overtake the once more substantial duet than life. Still, if their past tells us anything, it is so much better than they are separate partners, and it seems they will probably work together to find out how to be a reasonable force in the industry. And, like everything else, it’s only going to help bring them closer.