NEW YORK (AFP)—Hollywood actor Ben Affleck might have never gone into movies were it not for his childhood friend Matt Damon, now one of Tinseltown’s most bankable stars, according to a US magazine interview.
The two stars met aged eight and 10 and lived just blocks away from each other in the Boston area, where they attended the same schools.
“Before Matt, I was by myself. Acting was a solo activity where I’d just go off and do something, act in a little TV show or something, and no one understood it,” Affleck says in an interview with Parade magazine out Sunday.
“All of a sudden I had this friend, Matt, and he gets it and wants to do it and thinks it’s interesting and wants to talk about it. Soon both of us are doing it,” Affleck said.
“Matt gave acting a framework, an integration into the social hierarchy at school,” he said. “As a teenager, the natural thing is to have friends who have common interests and so you fit together seamlessly.”
He said he reached a point when he had to decide whether to continue acting, but ended up traveling to New York City with Damon for auditions together.
The pair found fame with the 1997 picture “Good Will Hunting,” which they co-wrote and starred in when still in their 20s.
While Damon went on to hit box office gold with the trilogy of films that started with “The Bourne Identity,” Affleck’s career has been less successful, punctuated with a series of poorly-received movies.