LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ben Affleck is storming through the Hollywood awards season with his movie "Argo," and no-one could be happier than his old friend Matt Damon. ...
Damon, with whom Affleck shared a screenplay Oscar for the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting," talked with Reuters about his friend's success.
Q: You must be so proud of Affleck.
A: "I'm just thrilled for him. I'm really happy. I'm not at all surprised, because I've known him for so long and I know how talented he is."
Q: Ben went through a rough patch in the early 2000s when the media was merciless with him, his career and his personal life. Was it rough to watch from the sidelines?
A: "It was tough to watch him get kicked in the teeth for all those years because the perception of him was so not who he actually was. I always felt a knee-jerk need to defend him. It was just upsetting. It was upsetting for a lot of his friends because he's the smartest, funnest, nicest, kindest, incredibly talented guy. And the perception of him was the opposite. So that was tough."( Read more...Collapse )
With Affleck's third directorial effort "Argo" becoming an awards contender, Damon joked that the film's success can only be a good thing for his own budding directing career."I now happen to be partnered with the hottest director in Hollywood!" he said, laughing.http://news.yahoo.com/matt-damon-thrilled-ben-afflecks-movie-awards-triumphs-223558182.htmlhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/entertainment-us-mattdamon-idUSBRE8BR06T20121228