“He was more of an emotional guy”: Matt Damon Let Best Friend Ben Affleck Take the Fall by Turning Down $179M Movie With Jennifer Garner for a Heartbreaking Reason

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Matt Damon Let Best Friend Ben Affleck Take the Fall by Turning Down $179M Movie With Jennifer Garner for a Heartbreaking Reason

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been quite the best friends in real life when it comes to Hollywood. Finding their breakthrough into the industry together on-screen in Good Will Hunting, the two found a successful career in the film industry while being each other’s support.

Ben Affleck’s career saw a low point when he starred in the role of Matt Murdock in Daredevil back in 2003. Panned as one of the worst superhero movies of all time. Well, Matt Damon revealed that the role was initially offered to him but he let the Gone Girl actor take the role for a reason.

Ben Affleck as Daredevil
Ben Affleck as Daredevil

When Matt Damon Let Ben Affleck Take The Role of Daredevil

Well, it wasn’t as if Damon wanted to intentionally see Ben Affleck fall in Hollywood that he gave up on the role of Daredevil, but he did give it up back in 2003. In an interview, The Martian actor revealed that he did not like the script at all when he was initially offered the role.

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

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Damon stated that he did not like the script and he did not know the director (Mark Steven Johnson) at that time. The actor did reveal that growing up, he and Affleck’s favorite superhero was indeed Matt Murdock aka Daredevil but he had to pass on the opportunity. Ben Affleck, however, jumped on the opportunity without thinking. Matt Damon shared with ABC News

“Daredevil, that was our guy when we were growing up, that was our favorite superhero … I didn’t love the script and I didn’t know the director, he hadn’t really done anything. So, I just tried to divorce my emotion from [it]. Ben [Affleck] is more of an emotional guy, he was like, ‘Daredevil!’ He just went and did it.”

As for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor, he did not have many regrets about the movie. Stating that he had fun working on the sets of Daredevil.

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Ben Affleck Found Daredevil “Quite Silly”

Ben Affleck's Daredevil
Ben Affleck’s Daredevil

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In a clip from the documentary Cinemability: The Art of Inclusion, Affleck was seen talking about starring in the iconic 2003 movie. As per the clip, the Gone Girl actor hilariously recounted that he thought the entire movie was quite silly.

During his talks, the actor revealed that he got the opportunity to work with Tom Sullivan, a blind performer who trained Affleck on “what it felt like” to be blind. The actor stated that that was the most interesting part while shooting the entirety of the movie. In the end, Daredevil received a rating of 5.3/10 on IMDB and 43% on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2003 movie is available to rent on Apple TV+ in the U.S.

Source: ABC News

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.