Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are famous for their decades-long friendship and their numerous collaborations.
But the 50-year-old Gone Girl star and the 52-year-old Ocean’s Eleven actor revealed that they were once so closely entwined that they even shared a bank account.
During an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast, the two admitted that the ‘unusual’ relationship helped them support each other when they were first going to auditions in the late 1980s, via CNBC.
‘It was unusual, but we needed the money for auditions,’ Damon said, adding that it was ‘a weird thing in retrospect.’
At the time that they were first going out on auditions they were still in their late teens.
Split funds: Ben Affleck, 50, and Matt Damon, 52, revealed on The Bill Simmons Podcast that they used to share a checking account when they were teens first going on auditions in the late 1980s; seen March 18 in Austin, Texas
Whatever works: ‘It was unusual, but we needed the money for auditions,’ Damon said, adding that it was ‘a weird thing in retrospect’; seen with Casey Affleck (2nd to L) in Good Will Hunting
Affleck said the two had been friends since high school, and their shared account was a way to support each other as they made their way up in the industry.
‘We were going to help each other and be there for each other,’ he said. ‘It was like, “You’re not going to be alone. I’m not going to be alone. Let’s go out there and do this together.”‘
While the two could draw from the account to fund their work expenses, they also deposited back into it once they finally booked a role.
Starting in the early 1990s, they started getting roles that were substantial enough to give them a comfortable cushion.
‘As long as one of us had money we knew the power wasn’t going to get shut off,’ Damon said. ‘After doing Geronimo  I probably had 35 grand in the bank. I was like, “We’re good for a year.”‘
Still, to make the system work, they had to limit themselves to only withdrawing money for their auditions, though they gave themselves an allowance for a small amount of entertainment money, which increased as they found more success.
‘You were allowed to go to [auditions in] New York with the money. You were allowed to take out $10 and get quarters and go to [the arcade] and play video games,’ Damon said. ‘Eventually we were allowed to try to buy beer, which never f***ing worked.’
During the podcast appearance, the two pals noted that the bank where they once kept their money has since closed.
But their friendship has endured, and the two have collaborated more closely in recent years than they had in some time.
‘I love working with this guy. I love hanging out with him,’ Affleck gushed elsewhere in the interview. ‘If you can work with great people, who are good people too, it’s so much more rewarding personally and professionally.’
Affleck and Damon’s most famous collaboration was in 1997’s Good Will Hunting, which they co-wrote and starred in together. The critically acclaimed film earned two Oscars, one for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor, and another for Best Original Screenplay for their work writing the film
Helping out a pal: Affleck said the two had been friends since high school, and their shared account was a way to support each other as they made their way up in the industry. ‘We were going to help each other and be there for each other,’ he said; still from Good Will Hunting
Paying their way: Damon said they paid from the account for auditions in NYC and for minor entertainments, but once he booked a major part (1992’s Geronimo), he joked that they were ‘good for a year’; seen in Air
Together on and off screen: The Oscar-winning collaborators are back on screen together in the film Air, about Nike’s quest to sign a deal with Michael Jordan, with Affleck also directs
Although the two would go on to appear together in numerous films throughout the years, it wasn’t until their 2021 film The Last Duel that they reunited as a screenwriting duo, with filmmaker Nicole Holofcener joining them.
The film was a hit with critics but proved to be a box office bomb.
Damon stars as a French knight in medieval France who wife (Jodie Comer) accuses his friend and squire (Adam Driver) of having raped her. With the sanction of a dandy count (Affleck in a scene-stealing supporting role), they engaging in the last legally sanctioned duel to occur in France before the practice was outlawed for good.
The two are working together again on the upcoming film Air, in which Ben plays Nike cofounder Phil Knight (and also directs), while Matt plays the executive Sonny Vaccaro, who took on the task of trying to convince Michael Jordan to sign a deal with Nike to produce the influential Air Jordan sneakers.
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