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Matt Damon says he and friend Ben Affleck will write more scripts


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck plan to write together more now they are no longer so ‘inefficient.’

The friends reunited to work on The Last Duel and admitted penning the movie with Nicole Holofcener was a very different process to when they wrote their breakthrough film Good Will Hunting, which was released in 1997, because they have a better understanding of ‘structure.’

And now that they know how to work faster, they will ‘write a lot more in the future,’ said Matt. 

Back on: Matt Damon said he will be writing more in the future with pal Ben Affleck; here thye are seen in 2017

‘I think that writing process for Good Will Hunting was so inefficient,’ he told Entertainment Tonight. ‘You know, because we didn’t really understand structure so we wrote thousands of pages.’

He added, ‘We’d be like, “Well, what if this happened?” and then we’d just write different scenes. 

‘So, we had all these kind of disparate scenes and then we kind of tried to jam them together into something that looked like a movie.

Big hit: Matt and Ben seen in the 1997 hit film Good Will Hunting which they wrote

Big hit: Matt and Ben seen in the 1997 hit film Good Will Hunting which they wrote

It took them a long time: 'I think that writing process for Good Will Hunting was so inefficient,' he told Entertainment Tonight

It took them a long time: ‘I think that writing process for Good Will Hunting was so inefficient,’ he told Entertainment Tonight

They got the gold: The stars won an Oscar for their writing on Good Will Hunting

They got the gold: The stars won an Oscar for their writing on Good Will Hunting

‘But this time around, you know, it’s a story about perspective. So, there are two knights and then there’s the Lady Marguerite. So Ben and I wrote the male perspectives and Nicole Holofcener wrote the female perspective. That’s kind of the architecture of that movie.

Damon also said all of the experience he and Ben have now in Hollywood helped.

‘Making movies for 30 years, we actually learned something about structure along the way and the process went along a lot faster,’ shared the Bourne Identity star.

We're smarter now: Damon also said all of the experience he and Ben have now in Hollywood helped. 'Making movies for 30 years, we actually learned something about structure along the way and the process went along a lot faster,' shared the Bourne Identity star. Seen in 2006

We’re smarter now: Damon also said all of the experience he and Ben have now in Hollywood helped. ‘Making movies for 30 years, we actually learned something about structure along the way and the process went along a lot faster,’ shared the Bourne Identity star. Seen in 2006

‘And so I think we’ll write a lot more in the future just because it didn’t turn out to be as time consuming as we thought. It was actually a lot of fun.’

And because the two stars now have children, they were able to better arrange their days to use their time efficiently.

He added: ‘Back in the day, we didn’t have deadlines because nobody cared what we were doing, no one was waiting for the script, we were unemployed, so we literally had nothing else to do.

Next: The Last Duel stars Matt and Ben with Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. It is based on a book by Eric Jager

Next: The Last Duel stars Matt and Ben with Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. It is based on a book by Eric Jager

King! Affleck plays King Charles VI and Damon plays knight Jean de Carrouges. Matt's wife, played by Jodie, accuses Jacques LeGris (played by Driver) of sexually assaulting her

King! Affleck plays King Charles VI and Damon plays knight Jean de Carrouges. Matt’s wife, played by Jodie, accuses Jacques LeGris (played by Driver) of sexually assaulting her

The beauty at the center of it all: Comer plays the woman who refuses to be silent

The beauty at the center of it all: Comer plays the woman who refuses to be silent

‘And now we can build the time, it’s a little more structured, right? Like, “Alright, let’s write from 10 to 2, you know, because we can drop the kids off and then we can pick the kids up.” We actually have lives now which is nice, finally.’

The Last Duel stars Matt and Ben with Adam Driver and Jodie Comer.

It is based on a book by Eric Jager.

From Star Wars to the Last Duel: Driver shows his dark side as the man accused of rape

From Star Wars to the Last Duel: Driver shows his dark side as the man accused of rape

Affleck plays King Charles VI and Damon plays knight Jean de Carrouges.

Matt’s wife Jodie accuses Jacques LeGris (played by Driver) of sexually assaulting her.

That causes Matt to challenge Adam to a duel. If Matt loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for what would be deemed a ‘false accusation.’ 

Affleck and Damon produced through their Pearl Street company. The movie is set to open in theaters October 15.

Meanwhile, Ben has been back in the news as she rekindles his romance with Jennifer Lopez after they broke off their engagement almost 20 years ago. 

In the news: Meanwhile, Ben has been back in the news as she rekindles his romance with Jennifer Lopez after they broke off their engagement almost 20 years ago. Seen on July 4 in the Hamptons

In the news: Meanwhile, Ben has been back in the news as she rekindles his romance with Jennifer Lopez after they broke off their engagement almost 20 years ago. Seen on July 4 in the Hamptons



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