Matt Damon and Ben Affleck surprise fans at Good Will Hunting event
Published on October 10th, 2016 | by Katie Harper0
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck surprised fans at a star-studded Good Will Hunting script reading in New York.
The Hollywood duo reprised their breakout roles in the Oscar-winning movie at the latest installment of the Film Independent and The New York Times‘ Live Read New York on Friday (07Oct16).
John Krasinski directed the event, and he assembled a star-studded cast to help him perform the script of the film he said was “unbelievably important” to him.
Wife Emily Blunt played Minnie Driver’s role of Skylar, while Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs and comedian Keegan-Michael Key were cast in supporting roles.
Krasinski, who hails from Boston, proudly told the crowd he would be living his lifelong dream of playing Will Hunting, a role made famous by fellow Bostonian Matt Damon.
But before he could start, Damon walked out on stage to wild applause and told Krasinski he “wasn’t really okay with that” as he sat down to reprise his breakout role.
Krasinski moved over to the chair bearing the name Chuckie, calling the character made famous by Ben Affleck “a better role anyway”, but before he could sit down, Affleck appeared to more wild applause and cheers.
Rounding out the cast were Spotlight director Tom McCarthy as Professor Lambeau, a surprise appearance by movie producer Harvey Weinstein as a psychologist, and Margo Martindale uniquely cast as Sean Maguire – a role that won the late Robin Williams an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Krasinski said he gave the role to his The Hollars co-star because “no man can ever do what (Williams) did.”
The Office star then took the role of narrator and the script reading began as he led the group through the film, even leaping out of his seat when Damon said the famous line, “How do you like them apples?”
Good Will Hunting, released in 1997 and directed by Gus Van Sant, won Affleck and Damon the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1998, catapulting to them to Hollywood success.