"In Tanzania, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck saw how antiretroviral therapy is providing patients with hope and also the challenges involved in providing high-quality care and treatment," noted Norbert De Anda, a CRS Tanzania senior program manager. "We all appreciate the time and interest these concerned actors are taking to learn about Africa and use their star power to help effect positive change."
They famously won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting, but will best mates Matt Damon and Ben Affleck be teaming up again in the near future?
At the Hollywood premiere of his new movie Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck seemed positive that a collaboration will happen.
"We are trying to put something together and it looks like it's coming together," Ben told Hollywood Extra. "It will probably be after there is or is not a Hollywood writers strike, which will be at the end of next year, so it probably wouldn't be a year or so from now."
Ben Affleck says that, had he not met Matt Damon, he probably would not have had a career as an actor. The two met when Ben was 8 and Matt was 10. They lived two blocks apart, shared a love of baseball and acting, and both attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.
"Matt gave acting a framework, an integration into the social hierarchy at school," he states. "As a teenager, the natural thing is to have friends who have common interests and so you fit together seamlessly. Before Matt, I was by myself. Acting was a solo activity where I’d just go off and do something, act in a little TV show or something, and no one understood it. None of the other kids knew what it was I did, how it worked, or anything. All of a sudden I had this friend, Matt, and he gets it and wants to do it and thinks it’s interesting and wants to talk about it. Soon both of us are doing it."
Stuck at the University of Vermont
"It was Thanksgiving," he continues. "Obviously, things weren’t panning out. I hadn’t been to Spanish class in five weeks. I didn’t have a car. I called Matt. ‘You’ve got to pick me up! I can’t walk that well. Come and get me now!’ Matt was there in six hours. That was the last I ever saw of the University of Vermont. I never went back. I don’t think I have any credits. It was not money well spent."
"It was a dreamlike time for me from December 1997 to March of ’98. Before that, I was basically unknown. Then, bang! The starting gun fired, and everybody just started running. It was learn-on-the-job. And there were more opportunities for work than I had time to do them. Life was filling up very fast, and I was kind of off and running without even the ability to think about it. No time to reflect. I didn’t even have time to feel overwhelmed it was so radical a shift in my life. I was on my own, trying to figure out how to have this relationship with Matt, but he was off doing his own thing making his movies."
The concert raised $65,000 for the cause and was given a boost with a $10,000 check from actor Matt Damon. The Massachusetts native has connections to Cambridge and a personal connection to someone on the board that organized the concert.