It’s no news that Kevin Smith has a great friendship with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon; two stars with whom he has collaborated on titles such as ‘Mallrats’, ‘Chasing Amy’ or the hideous and blasphemous ‘Dogma’, in which they played the exiles from heaven Bartleby and Loki. What is less known is that, shared jobs apart, It was Smith himself who launched the duo of actors to stardom.
The indomitable Kevin Smith
In the mid-nineties, Affleck and Damon were building “The Indomitable Will Hunting”; a feature film that they wrote with four hands and directed by Gus Van Sant. Nevertheless, the couple did not want to limit themselves to signing the script; they also aspired to give life to Will and Chuckie in front of the cameras, contrary to what the film’s producers had in mind.
According to Ben Affleck himself during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, It was Kevin Smith, credited as co-executive producer, who managed to convince Jonathan Gordon and the rest of investors that they had their perfect protagonists in front of their eyes.
“Kevin saved ‘Indomitable Will Hunting.’ that [el productor ejecutivo] Jon Gordon believed in it. “
“The Indomitable Will Hunting” not only catapulted the careers and popularity ratings of Affleck and Damon; it also helped them win an Oscar for the best original screenplay that they forgot to thank good old Smith despite having promised.
“I promised him I’d appreciate it if he ever won an Oscar, and I forgot it right away. Then I told him if he did win it again, I swear to God, I’ll thank you, and I forgot again. So I owe him a lot. He did that, he thought. I remember he wrote me an email back then in typical Kevin style saying, ‘I started your movie when I was in the shit and stayed the whole time.’
An indispensable piece
But Affleck not only has words of thanks for Kevin Smith, extolling the figure of a Robin Williams determining for the film who, according to his co-star, displayed a collaborative spirit unbecoming of a legend of his stature.
“If you were going to make a movie with two first timers who wrote it and are going to star in it, you’d think, ‘Ok, how’s this going to go?’ [Williams] He was the biggest star in the world, but he never seemed condescending, worried or impatient. He just came in with that collaborative spirit and embraced it. Rather, it was like, ‘How have you been? What do you think? I think we should do it again tomorrow. ‘ I’d say, ‘Robin, you’ve done it 40 times. And they have all been great! We don’t need to shoot it again tomorrow, but he was doing his monologue again putting all his heart and soul into it. “
This is the world of cinema. A few precise words from the right person can drastically change the conception of a project that it had not been the same with another cast linked to him. We do not know if ‘The Indomitable Will Hunting’ won or lost with its protagonists; but what I can say for sure is that it contains some of the most emotional scenes that the medium has left us in recent decades.