Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have one of those rare friendships in Hollywood that is actually genuine. The A-list actors have been friends for nearly their entire lives and continue to remain close by collaborating on projects like HBO’s Greenlight and their co-founded production company, Pearl Street Films. The two actors shared a major breakthrough in their career when they co-wrote the script for the film Good Will Hunting. Today, they are both regarded as A-list actors who are well respected in the industry, not only for their acting, but also their screen writing, producing and directing. In honor of their longstanding friendship, here’s a look at 8 things you probably didn’t know about Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s friendship:
8. How They Met
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became friends when Damon was 10 and Affleck was 8. The two of them grew up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts and lived only two blocks away from each other. Their mothers were friends through work and introduced the two boys which is how they began spending time together. Damon and Affleck went to elementary school together, then later high school where they both were inspired to become actors. They worked together in the summers and remained close well after college because they both lived together in Los Angeles and New York. “I’ve known him for 35 years, and we grew up together. We were both in love with the same thing — acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years that bonded us for life,” said Damon in an interview with ET.