The American actors have been friends for years after they grew up in the same neighbourhood and shot to fame in Hollywood after writing and appearing in 1997 movie Good Will Hunting. Even though they are now carving out separate careers in the film industry, they have remained close and run a production company together. Ben knows he can always rely on Matt and he is confident they will be friends for life.
“If I was ever in trouble the one call I’d make would be to Matt Damon,” he said in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Mail. “We’ve been friends for 30 years. I can’t believe I’m old enough to say I’ve had a friend for 30 years. But he is a friend, and a partner in a company we have together. I’ve got to a stage in life where I have learnt who my real friends are. You don’t need many, you just need good, solid friends. My brother, Casey, is another one and my godfather is a really brilliant guy.”
The 38-year-old star has enjoyed success in directing as well as acting in recent years, helming the hit movies Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Even though Ben is currently enjoying a peak in his career, he has vowed to remain grounded. He has seen other Hollywood stars crash and burn and he is under no illusion that success is guaranteed forever.
“The most foolish thing you can do in this industry is to believe in your own success. I’m very happy, but it won’t make me rest on my laurels. I’ve still got more to prove,” he explained.
“Right now I’m a success again but I’ll be a failure again too, and that’s OK. I look at my great heroes as actors and directors and none of them have perfect records. Being number one at the box office is pretty cool. But I’ve been round the block enough times to know it won’t last forever.”