Since the production has been filmed at all the exact Decatur-area locations where the original events took place, Woody’s big scene was shot in the city’s former Holiday Inn (now the Decatur Conference Center) and fully reverted to early-’90s Inn décor. Damon and the other actors even stayed in the hotel to further up the reality ante.
For his big scene, Woody wasn’t given a script, just verbal directives from director Steven (“Traffic”) Soderbergh.
The action required that he wire Damon up with the blood pressure pads and sensors, and then conduct an authentic polygraph test on camera, as the FBI agents played by Bakula and McHale pitched in with questions, and Damon supplied the answers.
Woody says Damon and the other actors came off “as just regular guys, very cordial, very nice, just sitting around talking.”
The 1997 Best Picture nominee “Good Will Hunting” will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series. The story of a mathematical genius searching for purpose in his South Boston life will screen on Monday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Following the screening, editor Pietro Scalia, producer Lawrence Bender, co-producer Chris Moore, and production designer Melissa Stewart will participate in a discussion about the film.
But either he was never offered, or never said yes to the sorts of strange, eclectic roles that were going to those men with whom he admits to enjoying a "healthy competitiveness" - his brother Casey, and Damon.