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I think we were a bit surprised that it even got released: Damon and Affleck spoke about writing together decades after Good Will Hunting

I think we were a bit surprised that it even got released: Damon and Affleck spoke about writing together decades after Good Will Hunting

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, both from Cambridge, Massachusetts, were forced to hand over their writing jobs as a result of their collaboration on the movie Good Will Hunting, according to the longtime friends in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

The duo was on the Tonight Show with writer Nicole Holofcener to promote their new film, The Last Duel, a medieval epic based on recollection that has already received rave reviews from critics. Ridley Scott directed the film.

The way we thought of doing it was in these three different perspectives: two male perspectives and one female perspective, because its about these two knights, Damon said. This is a true story. Its the last sanctioned duel in medieval France between these two knights, one of whom claimed the other raped his wife, and they fought to the death. And so we thought of it as a story of perspective.

But, according to the pair, the actual writing of the script was a long-awaited undertaking, and thats where the movie that took the two to Hollywood stardom comes in. Fallon drew attention to the subject, noting that it had been about a quarter-century since Damon and Affleck had worked on spooky films together. Good Will Hunting won the Academy Award for best original screenplay after it was released.

We were like unemployed, broken guys. It took us a while to write that screenplay, according to Damon. We never thought wed have the time to write again. I think that kind of put us off writing again because we never imagined we'd get it done. I believe that we actually picked up structure over the last 25 years of making films, and so it went a lot faster then. We also made the very wise decision of having a great writer accompany us," referring to Holofcener.

After Fallon showed a picture of he and Damon at the Bow Tie Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater in New York City in 1997, Affleck said : "They were just shocked that it all happened and wouldnt have imagined getting another job."

Good Will Hunting was really just a video cassette that looked like an acting reel, he said. We couldnt get the job to prove that we can do interesting stuff, so the whole thing was have a reel and show casting directors, and so well write these parts for ourselves... I think we were shocked that it even got released.

Watch the full interview here:

Shannon Larson can be reached at shannon.larson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @shannonlarson98.

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