Ben Affleck & bald Matt Damon are working together again, getting our hopes way up

I know I’m probably one of the only people getting all excited by this, but Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were photographed together – outside of a business meeting yesterday in Santa Monica, yay! These two childhood friends brought us their Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting in 1997 and then nothing, nada zilch. I mean they’ve each done some great work (and some clunkers) since, but nothing together. (There was that TV docuseries in which they searched for the next great screenwriter, Project Greenlight, but I’m not counting that.)

We’ve heard plenty of rumors about them working on another film together, including a baseball wife swap film based on a true story, in which they would both play leads, (that went nowhere). Damon recently bought a mansion right down the street from Affleck, and Affleck has admitted that he’s over at Damon’s house so much that it’s probably bugging Damon’s wife. Well she’ll have to learn to deal with it, because it looks like their Whitey Bulger biopic is moving forward. Finally!

Bulger is a notorious gangster who is said to have controlled Boston’s underworld in the early 70s. He also served as an FBI informant. I’m not too familiar with his story, but he was apprehended, at the age of 81, late last year so this story is breaking somewhat. He’s been wanted since 1994 for the alleged murder of 19 people. Bulger’s defense team is claiming that the former U.S. Attorney granted him immunity from prosecution, but that attorney is now dead and there’s no proof of that claim.

Getting back to Ben and Matt, The Hollywood Reporter claimed about a year ago that Damon would star in the film as Bulger (throughout his lifetime) and that Affleck would direct. It sounds like an excellent project for these two, and I’m so happy to see they’re working on it. Also, fellow Bostonion Mark Wahlberg was said to be considering a competing Whitey Bulger flick, but I’m hoping he’s backed off now. There’s no way he can compete with Damon’s acting under Affleck’s direction.

Also, look at Damon’s chrome dome, which he was sporting for Elysium. I’m assuming he still needs a bald head for that role. (Although IMDB has it in post-production.) He looks really good, right? I love those glasses. Also, Ben is hot with that scruffy beard. The only thing that would make these photos better is if these two were hugging, and/or kissing goodbye. I can’t say I haven’t thought about it. Although they’re getting in a car together, so that will probably happen behind closed doors.

Update: Hautie reminds me that they were in Dogma together in 1999, which was directed by Kevin Smith. I forgot about that one! I wasn’t counting it as they didn’t write and/or direct it at all.

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  1. Apples says:

    Ben is MINE!

    The rest of you can fight over Matt.

  2. Hautie says:

    They did Dogma together. Which was a Kevin Smith project. I loved them in it. Angels gone bad.

    But I like the weirdness of Kevin Smith movies.

    I am loving the fact that Affleck has been able to put all that BS behind him. And is getting positive feedback for his work now.

  3. hoya_chick says:

    “The only thing that would make these photos better is if these two were hugging, and/or kissing goodbye. I can’t say I haven’t thought about it.”

    CB you are hilarious. While I do love them together, I have not gone that far.

    I saw these photos yesterday and I was so excited to read that they will be working together again. Apparently Ben’s brother Casey is also going to be in the movie. I am very excited!

    I love the two of them. Matt is my number 1 though. I like Ben in relation to Matt and as a director. The JLO thing threw me for a loop and I think that he and his wife are famewhorey. So I always choose Matt, he is so cute and is a great actor and I love that he married a non celeb and you never hear any gossip or rumors about him. I love that they have maintained such a strong friendship all these years.

  4. Beth says:

    I’m excited, too. Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I’m a major Ben Affleck junkie.

    I’m assuming you omitted their collaboration on Dogma purposely? LOL.

  5. videli says:

    I’m excited too. I like the 90s, and I’m nostalgic.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Oh C/B, how much I love your coverage of Matten (Bematt?).

    In fact I love all your Affleck and Damon-related posts.

    I too am very excited about these two reuniting. Now I must go hide in my bunker and prepare for backlash.

  7. Redheadwriter says:

    Dogma is one of my favorite movies! Love me some Kevin Smith. Toss in Affleck and Damon and it’s perfection!

  8. LadyMTL says:

    Hiyas…longtime reader and first time commenter here. :) I love M+M projects but I am a bit surprised to hear that they’re doing a Whitey Bulger one because wasn’t that the basis for the movie “The Departed” ? I might be wrong but I seem to remember hearing that Bulger was the inspiration for Nicholson’s character.

    Anyway! Love this site and the commenters; back to the ether for me.

  9. mademoiselle says:

    Nope, The Departed was a shoddy remake of Infernal Affairs.

  10. Hannah says:

    The ad that appears for me on the top picture says “Romantic Stay for two in Stockholm 50% off” *lol*

  11. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    This actually makes me kinda sad. One of the things I love most about Matt Damon is his campaign ‘against’ the fame-whorishness of Hollywood (that Ben Affleck seems to adore), which is why he chose not to live there.

    I hope the house down the street is just a rental. I haven’t heard anything about the Damons selling their NYC home, so hopefully the house they’re in now down the street from Ben is only home for them until his “Liberace” film is wrapped.

    Matt is bald again because Neil Blomkamp is doing re-shoots for the film “Elysium.” LOL!! The one thing I ‘do’ like about the photos is that now the ‘Matt Damon is a shorty’ crowd can see he’s really a true 5’10″ because Ben baby is 6’3″.

  12. Jess says:

    Wasn’t The Departed loosely based on Whitey Bulger? Wasn’t he the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character?