Move over, Ben Affleck! John Krasinski wants to be Matt Damon's new best friend.
"Matt is one of the coolest guys I know, and I'm totally in love with the guy, but he doesn't even know my name," Krasinski joked to PEOPLE at the New York premiere of his new movie Promised Land on Tuesday.
"I would love to have a bromance with him," he continues, "but I don't even know if I could even use the word 'bromance' because he and Ben are so tight and like a married couple that I'll never get in there."
Although Krasinski spent multiple weekends at Damon's house to write the script, he is not satisfied with their strictly working relationship.
"I must be the bromance mistress," he said. "I'm on the outside of the relationship, only working with him on the side while really he's supposed to be with Ben. I'm clearly the mistress and this has got to change!"
“This is just the most surreal experience probably in my career,” John told Access Hollywood on the red carpet. “It’s my first original script. To write it with Matt… and then having it directed by Gus [Van Sant] is totally surreal. And being a Boston kid, having [the] team from ‘Good Will Hunting’ on my team, it doesn’t seem possible because I’m pretty sure all us Boston kids have a ‘Good Will Hunting’ poster tattooed on our back.”
John said they went to Matt’s house to write the film, seeing as Matt is a dad to four girls.
“Between the putting in the ‘Little Mermaid’ 17 times and making lunch and putting them in the bath. I don’t know how we got any work done. But we did,” John laughed.
He says Krasinski’s “brain works a lot faster” than his, but otherwise working on the Promised Land script with his pal felt very familiar. “In terms of the actual process of writing, it was exactly like writing with Ben. It was really, you know, two actors in a room jumping around, playing all the different parts, and trying to make each other laugh. And then a script kind of came out of it.”
Despite writing only sporadically, Damon has been able to satisfy the screenwriting urge just by working as an actor. “A lot of the problem-solving that goes on in kind of everyday filmmaking involves a little bit of writing, and I was always a part of that creative team, making those decisions, in large part because of Good Will Hunting,” he told VF Daily. “So just movies I worked on subsequently, directors were really good about inviting me into that process, you know, with the writers. And I always became close with the people who are writing the movies, and kicking around ideas with those guys.”
Matt and John said a few words before the screening, along with director Gus Van Sant. Gus said the premiere screening was "momentous" while Matt declared that there's "a little piece of our soul in this." Afterward, the gang retired to an afterparty at Loi. Matt and Luciana holed up in a banquette for a bit, along with their oldest daughter, Alexia. John, likewise, was surrounded by family to celebrate his big project.
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Krasinski told E! tonight that the idea for Promised Land, which he and Damon also wrote, came about after "many double dates." Aw.
"We actually did sit down together, especially for the first couple of drafts," Krasinski told The Hollywood Reporter of their writing process. "He was actually working on We Bought a Zoo, and he had a house out in Malibu at the time, so I drove to him every single weekend -- he wins by default because he has four beautiful girls -- and we just sat at the table around breakfast and stayed til dinner on Saturday and Sunday. And the cool thing was because we were moonlighting -- I was doing [The Office] -- we would have those five days to go over it and see if it really still sat well with us by the time we came back. So by the time we came back, we had the changes that we knew we wanted to make and just jumped right in."
"We worked really fast. It reminded me of writing with Ben [Affleck], actually," Damon, who nearly directed the film, said. "It was exciting. Every time we worked, the script would get better and I could objectively see that it was improving. It became clear very early on that we were going to make the movie."
Hearing that may have been a bit surprising for Krasinski; for a while, he was unsure the partnership was going to work out.
"It was one of those things where I think in a different way than Matt; I get that excitement where I’m like ‘Oh, this idea will work!’ so I run it through the entire movie," Krasinski remembered with a laugh. "And Matt’s the guy who needs a few minutes to think about it. At first I misread that as he hated my ideas, so after about a month, when I figured out he didn’t hate my ideas, that’s when we really started getting going."
"They valued the actors’ input, obviously because they’re both actors," Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays a schoolteacher and potential love interest for Damon, told THR. "They go with what the best idea is in the room. Initially I was like, 'Ohh...' because I was coming off some movies that are very improv-natured [including the dramedy Your Sister's Sister], but they weren’t about saying every word perfectly. Yet we did, because the script was super-well crafted."
You haven't directed since "The Good Shepherd" in 2006. Would you like to go behind the camera again?
I would love to, but I have to find something that I would want to commit so much time to. I wanted to direct a "Good Shepherd 2," but we're doing it in a television format, a cable format. I thought it would make a good feature, I thought it had the capability and size, but the cable format is good because it will allow us to have more time to tell the story.
Will Matt Damon and the rest of the cast return?
Hopefully, but we haven't gotten to that point. I hope that Matt and Angelina and Eddie Redmayne will.