“That hurts me to this day”: Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Were Not Allowed To Talk About Their Secret Audition For One Of The Most Iconic Superhero Movies

Reviewed By: Gargi Mishra

"That hurts me to this day": Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Were Not Allowed To Talk About Their Secret Audition For One Of The Most Iconic Superhero Movies

When you are looking for that one shot, that one opportunity to leave your impression on the world, you tend to leave no stone unturned and no length unscaled, which as a result, helps you get at the top of your craft. One of the best examples in the Hollywood industry for this is Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, two best friends who climbed the ladder of the film business together to become two of the most celebrated actors.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Having known each other for a long time and working in the industry for just as long, there have been so many times when both of them have been part of some of the biggest projects in cinema. In fact, on one occasion, both these stars were being auditioned simultaneously for an iconic film for the same role but were ordered not to disclose it to anyone at all.

Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Were Ordered Not To Talk About Their Auditions For Robin In 1989’s Batman

Michael Keaton in and as Batman
Michael Keaton in and as Batman

Their story takes place all the way back into the late 1980s when both the stars were still teen actors and were looking for their big break in the industry. This was the time when both Matt Damon and his best friend Ben Affleck were called in to audition for a role, which was the role of Robin, the sidekick of the iconic vigilante Batman from DC Comics in Tim Burton’s then-upcoming project Batman. The only twist here was that none of them had any idea what the audition was for and who they would play if they did bag the role.

Fandomwire Video

You may also like: “Watching people come out crying”: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Went Through Torture For Months After Getting Rejected From Robin Williams’ Oscar Winning Movie

The film, which starred Michael Keaton as the titular protagonist, was once scripted to also feature his most famous sidekick alongside him, and thus, these auditions were underway. But later, the filmmaker decided that having the extra character would become more of a hindrance, which was the reason that he decided to scrap him altogether. This was a big loss for both stars, who were visibly dejected by this turn of events as it had been one of their biggest and best auditions until that point, which they couldn’t even talk about. The Gone Girl star talked about it, sharing at Jimmy Kimmel Live:

“The best [audition] — and the one that in retrospect hurts me to this day — [Damon and I] weren’t sure what it was because they told us it was a secret project, And so…they gave us what was a dummy, generic scene, about a kid who wanted to race BMXs, or something. We go down there and when we get into the room they tell us, ‘We didn’t want anyone to know about this and you need to keep it a secret, but this is actually an audition for…Tim Burton is making a movie about Batman, and this is for Robin.'”

While fate came around for Affleck in the end as he was given the chance to play Batman in the DCEU, Damon was still unlucky in this regard since he rejected Christopher Nolan’s offer to play the role of the world’s greatest detective in The Dark Knight Trilogy.

You may also like: “I would kind of end up being pigeonholed”: Ben Affleck’s $232M Oscar Winning Movie Was Made Out of Actor’s Own Frustration Stemming from His Undying Loyalty

What Was Tim Burton’s Batman About?

Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in a still from Batman
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in a still from Batman

Adapting the original story of the vigilante with his unique flair, Tim Burton brings us the origin story of Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the crime-fighting superhero Batman. With the multi-billionaire looking over Gotham City as the titular character, he faces down the criminal underbelly of the city with restless vigor in the shadows, until one day, he comes face to face with The Joker, his biggest nemesis.

You may also like: “That’s a stupid idea”: Not Michael Keaton, Tim Burton Wanted Robert De Niro’s ‘Goodfellas’ Co-Star as Batman Who Discarded Movie for Being ‘Too Edgy’

Batman, streaming on Max.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live

Written by Deepak Bisht

Currently pursuing Bachelor's Degree. Just a typical nerd talking about nerdy things with people around the world with the amazing and like-minded people at FandomWire.