“He gave me small parts”: Ben Affleck Revealed Why His Bestie Worked as Extra in His Leading Films Even Though He Was ‘Better Known’ Than Batman Star

Ben Affleck Revealed Why His Bestie Worked as Extra in His Leading Films Even Though He Was ‘Better Known’ Than Batman Star
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Few friendships have been as enduring and fruitful as that of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Their bond, forged in the crucible of shared dreams and mutual struggles, has not only stood the test of time but has also left an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape.


This article delves into the intriguing dynamics of their relationship, their collaborative ventures, and the pivotal role played by director Kevin Smith in their careers. At the heart of this exploration is the film Chasing Amy, a low-budget indie movie that became a turning point for Affleck.

A Friendship Forged in the Fires of Hollywood

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in the 90s

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s friendship is not a product of their Hollywood success but its foundation. The duo met over 40 years ago as children in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their bond strengthened as they navigated the tumultuous waters of the film industry together. Their shared journey began in earnest with their big-screen debut as uncredited extras in Field of Dreams in 1989. This experience profoundly impacted them, setting the stage for their future collaborations.


Their breakthrough came with Good Will Hunting, a film they starred in and wrote together, drawing inspiration from their shared upbringing in the Boston area. The film was a critical success, earning them their first Oscar wins for Best Screenplay in 1998. This marked the beginning of a series of collaborations that would define their careers and shape the course of Hollywood in the years to come.

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Ben Affleck Reveals Why Matt Damon Worked as the Extra in Chasing Amy

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon share their insights in a Vanity Fair interview

Kevin Smith, a name synonymous with indie filmmaking, played a pivotal role in their careers. Despite its shoestring budget of $250,000, Smith’s film Chasing Amy was a turning point for Affleck. Affleck, who even had to sleep on Smith’s couch during the production, was cast in the lead role.


Despite being more popular at the time, Matt Damon took on smaller roles, a testament to their willingness to leverage their friendship for the film’s success. In a Vanity Fair interview, Damon humorously noted,

“Kevin Smith was really obliging, so he gave me a lot of small parts over the years in movies where Ben was the lead.”

Affleck, in the same interview, stated,

“He was totally happy to exploit Matt’s stardom for his own benefit, and so was I.”

This camaraderie and mutual support have been a hallmark of their friendship and professional relationship.


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The Legacy of Chasing Amy and the Power of Friendship

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Affiliate and Damon at the premiere of Air

Chasing Amy was not just a film; it was a statement. It showcased the power of friendship and collaboration in Hollywood. Despite its budget constraints and unconventional casting choices, the film succeeded. The impact of Chasing Amy on their careers and the film industry was profound.

It demonstrated that passion and friendship could triumph over financial limitations. The film’s success also cemented Affleck and Damon’s status as a dynamic duo in Hollywood, a legacy that continues today.


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Their journey, marked by shared struggles, mutual support, and enduring success, continues to inspire. As they chart new career paths, their friendship remains a constant, a beacon that guides their creative endeavors.

Source: Vanity Fair – YouTube


Written by Hikithe Achumi

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Hikithe Achumi is a Marvel Comics and MCU enthusiast with 5 years of content writing experience. With a background in Journalism and Digital Media.