Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who collaborated on their new feature ‘The Last Duel,’ set themselves high standards when they created the 1997 film ‘Good Will Hunting.’
The Robin Williams-starring film received nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the high bar that prevented Damon and Affleck from collaborating again. Damon stated that it was merely a matter of planning.
At their upcoming film ‘The Last Duel’s’ New York City premiere, Damon told E! News that he and Affleck “assumed (writing) would be so time-consuming that we’d never be able to do it.”
The actor of ‘The Talented Ripley’ revealed that he and Affleck believed they would “never find the time” to write another storey similar to ‘Good Will Hunting’. However, they realised, “If we work during hours that we can easily carve out, we can accomplish a lot.”
As Damon explained, the project was not as challenging as they anticipated; “We wrote it faster than we anticipated.”
Affleck stated that he considers himself blessed to have Damon as a collaborator and friend.
“I grew up with this person; I’ve known him since I was a child. We come from the same world and place and have remained close, and I frequently think about people who enter our business and face some obstacles “Affleck elaborated.
“You’re fortunate if you get to do work you enjoy, and even more fortunate if you get to do it with people you enjoy,” he remarked.
Damon’s friendship with Affleck extends to his friend’s romantic life as well. The actor of ‘Jason Bourne’ stated that he is “”I’m pleased for them,” Affleck said of finding love with Jennifer Lopez. We all deserve love; why should they be excluded?”
‘The Last Duel’ is scheduled to open in theatres on October 15.
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