“The best actor I’ve ever worked with”: Matt Damon’s Favorite Co-Star is a DC Actor He Co-Starred With in a Flop

A Warm Salute to Heath Ledger's Acting Skills From Matt Damon

"The best actor I've ever worked with": Matt Damon's Favorite Co-Star is a DC Actor He Co-Starred With in a Flop


  • Matt Damon recollects how his oddball project helped him meet his favorite actor.
  • The actor believes he can't get over Heath Ledger's acting chops, calling him a man with special talent.
  • Damon also revealed in another interview that he was mesmerized by Brad Pitt's bewitching looks.
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Matt Damon is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. This is a result of him working in countless smash-hit movies and collecting numerous awards and accolades. Hence, it is only natural for him to work alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, however, there’s an exception as Damon decided to work alongside Heath Ledger in a film that failed to resonate with its audience.

Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm
Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm

The two actors collaborated in the 2005 fantasy film, The Brothers Grimm. The film was based on historical figures and one of Matt Damon’s and Heath Ledger’s oddball projects, though the film did not meet either the expectations of the critics or the viewers. It surely got Damon his favorite co-star which he enjoyed working with.

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Matt Damon Shared His Thoughts on Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger was an exceptional actor who had mesmerized countless people with his phenomenal acting skills, his most iconic role was The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight where Christian Bale played the role of Batman. The actor was so phenomenal in the role that he won an Oscar for his role, his fame was immense.

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight

However, Matt Damon realized the actor’s potential before he even made it big in Hollywood. The Good Will Hunting actor had worked with Ledger only in The Brothers Grimm, and during one of his interviews available on YouTube, Damon spoke highly of his co-star and even called him the “best actor” that he had worked with.

“It was great [working with him]. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this, but he is the best actor that I have ever worked with. [His death] isn’t something that I will ever get over. He was a really special guy whose light was just too bright for this place.”

A still from The Brothers Grimm
A still from The Brothers Grimm

While Matt Damon saw a glimpse of what Heath Ledger was capable of before anyone else could, the actor left us at the age of 28 in January 2008. He died of an accidental overdose of prescribed medications including painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, and sleeping pills. Sadly, he could not live long enough to see the Academy Award that was presented to him for his portrayal of the Joker.


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Brad Pitt’s Striking Beauty Bewitched Matt Damon

While Matt Damon saw a glimpse of Heath Ledger’s acting chops, he shared an opinion on Brad Pitt’s magnificently charming looks. During an interview with GQ, the actor shared an instance where Ben Affleck and he were watching a Brad Pitt film, where both of them agreed on one thing, that is, Pitt was too attractive.

Brad Pitt in Fury
Brad Pitt in Fury

“I remember Ben and I having a realization early on. Like, we were watching Brad [Pitt] in a movie, and one of us turned to the other and said, ‘I haven’t heard a thing that guy said in five minutes. I’m just looking at him.’”

They were watching his movie where they could neither hear nor understand him, as he did a bad job in the film. However, Pitt looked so alluring that it made the audience lose focus on what the actor was saying and how charming he could be while playing a role. 


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The Brothers Grimm can be rented on Apple TV.


Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.