Ben Affleck, Matt Damon reveal why it took 25 years for them to write a movie after ‘Good Will Hunting’

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon became Hollywood golden boys after co-starring and co-writing the Oscar-winning film “Good Will Hunting.”

After taking home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1997 movie, both went on to successful acting careers, but had not co-written another film together for 25 years.

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The longtime friends have since collaborated alongside director and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener to co-write the new film “The Last Duel.” During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Damon and Affleck, who also star in the medieval epic, disclosed why they were so hesitant to work together again.

"Good Will Hunting took us so long. We were like unemployed, broke guys. It took us forever to write that screenplay. I think we wrote thousands and thousands of pages," Damon explained. "We didn't really know what we were doing and I think that kind of put us off writing again because we never thought we'd have the time."

Luckily, they finally found the right project that compelled them to join forces again.

"I think we found writing [The Last Duel] that we actually kind of picked up structure over the last 25 years of making movies so it went a lot faster," Damon added, before referencing Holofcener. "And then we also made the really good decision of getting a great writer to come with us."

Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Last Duel” takes place during the 14th century and depicts the events around France’s last officially sanctioned duel.

Affleck takes a supporting role and leaves the leading man posturing to Damon and “Star Wars” villain Adam Driver, with “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer as the female lead.

In addition to "Good Will Hunting," Damon and Affleck have starred in several films together including "School Ties," "Glory Daze," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." The former high school classmates also collaborated on the reality series "Project Greenlight."

“The Last Duel” is in theaters now.

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