Matt Damon And Ben Affleck Used To Be Like A Married Couple

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck shared a bank account when first starting in Hollywood, tracking finances like an old married couple, which fell apart after it was used for beer runs.

By Robert Scucci | Published

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One of the many perks of married life is the trusty old joint bank account, and according to Comic Book best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck used to share their finances to get a leg up in Hollywood. For a married couple, a joint bank account makes a lot of sense; a family effort to knock out expenses, and make sure everybody is contributing their fair share is a reasonable arrangement. But for the Good Will Hunting stars, they approached their finances like a married couple (bromance, anybody?) when they were first starting out together by sharing their finances.

Matt Damon has gone on record stating that, in hindsight, it was a bit weird to share a bank account with Ben Affleck, but that it was for a good cause. The bank account served a crucial purpose, which was to let the duo have funds available for auditions. Damon stated that it was a team effort to get their careers lifted, and Affleck added that they didn’t want to try pursuing their acting careers alone, so it was a great way to support each other as struggling artists.

Though things eventually got complicated for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, whose most recent collaboration, The Last Duel, is now available on streaming. Damon stated that although the bank account was originally for trips to New York so they could go on auditions, their shared finances eventually allowed the creative partners in crime to take out $10 for trips to the video arcade. It’s fine to occasionally blow off some steam by playing some video games after a hard day’s work, but Damon has also stated that once they allowed themselves to use the funds to go on beer runs, it didn’t always work out as intended.

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But as we all know, their brotherhood and their team effort to make a name for themselves ultimately worked out. They both saw mainstream success after writing Good Will Hunting together under the direction of Gus Van Sant, and their partnership continues to this day. Their most recent effort, Air, is slated for an April 5th, 2023, release and will be the first time Matt Damon works under Ben Affleck’s direction.

Though Air was written by Alex Convery (Wild Things), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-star in the film, and Affleck gets to flex his directorial muscles in this drama about Nike sneakers. After being directed by Affleck for the first time, Damon stated, “We’ve written a bunch of movies and produced and acted together for so many years and decades, so it didn’t feel any different working this way.” This shows you that their long-term partnership has evolved so much over the years, but it started from a humble place.

We’re not saying that the best approach to get started in the entertainment industry is to share your finances with your good friend because money does have a way of complicating relationships at times. But in the case of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the joint bank account was instrumental in getting their careers to where they are today. Some people like to go alone in their career pursuits, but it’s clear that Damon and Affleck had strength in numbers by helping each other in whatever way they could.