March 24th 2023.
Matt and Ben have been pals since childhood and had a shared bank account to afford auditions. The two agreed on certain rules for the account, like being able to withdraw small amounts for video games and later for beer. They both had a goal of making it in the acting industry and had a mindset of helping each other become successful. (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
Matt and Ben have been friends since they were 8 years old after meeting in school, and they pooled their finances to make sure they had enough money for auditions. Damon shared: “It was unusual [to share a bank account], but we needed the money for auditions… [it was] a weird thing in retrospect… As long as one of us had money, we knew that the power wasn’t going to get shut off.” After Damon received a small part in the 1993 movie Geronimo: An American Legend, they had enough money to support their audition fund for a while. Matt added: “I remember after doing Geronimo, I was like, f**k, I probably had like 35 grand in the bank. I was like [to Affleck], “We’re good! We’re good for a year!” (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
The two had rules for the account, such as taking out $10 for quarters to play video games and later, beer money. Damon went on to say: “You were allowed to take out $10 and get quarters and go to [the arcade] and play video games. Eventually we were allowed to try to buy beer, which never f***ing worked.” Ben added: “I think that attitude really helped us in ways we couldn’t anticipate. Matt and I always felt like we’re in it together. Like, “Hey, I want to get the part, but I want you to get the part [too].” (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
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