Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote “Good Will Hunting” with Morgan Freeman in mind

As actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck prepare to team up for another Boston-based movie, this one about kingpin Whitey Bulger, Boston Magazine celebrated their homecoming with a riveting oral history about the original local project that started it all, “Good Will Hunting.” The sprawling interview brought together “Good Will Hunting’s” original crew, including Damon, Affleck, director Gus Van Sant, and others, illustrating the full, raw drama-behind-the-drama that went on to win two Academy Awards in 1998.We all know that it started out with a first draft that Damon wrote as a thesis in Harvard in the early 90s. But it took several years to get the movie produced, even after most of Hollywood knew the script was gold.Here’s how it happened: Damon moved out to L.A., sleeping on Affleck’s floor, where the two hacked out a thriller story, originally casting Robin Williams’ character, psychiatrist Sean Maguire, with Morgan Freeman or Robert DeNiro in mind:Continue Reading…

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote “Good Will Hunting” with Morgan Freeman in mind

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