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Syriana re-casting, that proposed reunion
  • In this Belgian interview, Syriana director Stephen Gaghan mentions that Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio were the first names considered for the roles taken up by George and Matt in the film. Harrison was offered the role and turned it down, and it's unknown if the role of Bryan Woodman was offered to Leo.

  • A brief interview with Christopher Murphey, the screenwriter of the new Touchstone/legal drama film project with Matt and Ben, is at the Boston Herald, including:

    "We were over the moon when they said they were interested," Murphey said. "As one of their many fans, I’d like to see them headlining a movie together again."

    But while "Good Will Hunting," the first Affleck-Damon star vehicle, showed the actors in a drama as young friends, the untitled lawyer movie will play off their more mature chemistry as committed attorneys driven to right a wrong.

    "The hope from the beginning was Matt and Ben would do it together," Murphey, who like Damon is a Harvard grad, said of the lawyer flick. "We’re very fortunate. As you may have heard, Matt and Ben have a lot going on."

  • A typical response to the proposed collaboration is at Newsweek:

    Matt and Ben, Together Again—But Can They Rekindle the Fire?
    Not since winning Oscars for 1997's "Good Will Hunting" have Boston's favorite sons headlined a film together. BEN AFFLECK and MATT DAMON will reportedly reunite for a drama, in which the toothsome twosome play attorneys who are fighting to free an innocent man on death row. Damon is a friend, indeed. His career and image have been impeccable over the years. Affleck's career and image have been—well, he's been hunting for a little good will.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 12th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    Picturing Harrison Ford and Leonardo Diacaprio in those roles is kinda funny. I think they inevitably chose the right guys to do Syriana
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Ben, Together Again

    Eh hello, but obviously that person clearly didn't see Dogma. Their names were the first ones on the list of cast. Theirs were the faces on the poster. Very bad journalism.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Ben, Together Again

    They probably would like to forget "Dogma". Also, Matt did not graduate Harvard....almost but not quite. You're right...poor reporting.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Ben, Together Again

    If you start correcting all media errors you've got yourself a full-time job.

    My favourite current error is the first paragraph of a 'Rolling Stone' article which incorrectly spells the name of Anthony Swofford. How...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Ben, Together Again

    Dogma was a great movie, I can't imagine why anyone would want to "forget" it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
    has violet's godfather been chosen?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
    What makes you think she's going to have a godfather?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    We'll never know unless somone announces it in an interview. It's not really public information.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    why cannot she have a godfather?
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    My point was - why do you think she's definitely going to have one?
    Just curious.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
    Great news about Matt/Ben movie! I've been waiting a long time for them to star in another movie together! This best friends duo will get to spend lots of time together while filming it and then promoting it...lately they've both been very busy with their careers and have been miles apart...Now they finally get to hang out more again...And this movie sounds very interesting...It's a mature lawyer drama that will really fit them both. I hope the movie will be a success!

    Oh and yeah, I'm wondering about Violet's godfather too...Matt really wanted to be her godfather...and I hope it is him afterall...The other possibility could be Ben's brother Casey but I doubt it...I'm really hoping it is Matt..wouldn't it also be cute if Ben was Matt's upcoming daugther's godfather too...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    >wouldn't it also be cute if Ben was Matt's upcoming daugther's godfather >too...

    Well, Matt's protestant (or is he methodist, I can't remember), but Lucy is probably catholic, so they may give their daughter a godfather, in which case I hope its Ben too. :)
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