Why Matt Damon doesn’t mind if Ben Affleck tells him ‘you suck’

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
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When somebody has known you for the majority of your life, they can get away with more honesty than someone you’ve only just met, especially in a professional setting.

But would you be ok with someone telling you that “you suck” at your job?

Matt Damon says he and Ben Affleck are at that level of trust. In a new interview with Today, the “Oppenheimer” star shared that his decades-long friendship with Affleck, 50, allows them to get to the heart of conversations without needing to beat around the bush.

“You can waste so much time by trying to be polite. In the movie business, and in theater, they’ve developed a whole vocabulary for how to talk to somebody,” Damon, 52, shared. “And basically how to tell somebody they’re sucking, right? And, like, we can just say ‘you suck.’”

Damon then imitated how that conversation could go with a director who isn’t your best friend. “I’m wondering if he feels a little more reserved in this,” he teased, before saying “just tell me I’m overacting. You know what I mean?”

The duo, who first rose to fame with 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” have worked together several other times, including films like “Dogma” and “The Last Duel.” Their latest joint venture, “Air,” tells the story of the Nike executives who convinced then-rookie Michael Jordan to sign with the athletic company.

The Affleck-directed film also stars Hollywood heavyweights Viola Davis and Jason Bateman.

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