Ben Affleck needed a break from Matt

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) stumps students with a math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. Will agrees to the latter but refuses to cooperate with a succession of therapists. Lambeau then contacts his former classmate, therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Both are equally stubborn, but Will is finally forced to deal with both his past and his future.
November 4th, 2012

Ben Affleck had to take a break from working with Matt Damon.

The pair got their break in Hollywood writing and starring in 'Good Will Hunting' and subsequently worked on a number of films together, but he felt they needed some time apart so they could both develop their respective careers.

Ben, 40, said: ''We wanted to have our own identities; this whole Matt and Ben thing was so strong it kind of upstaged whatever the movie was.

''I think it's been long enough now, so we're about to do this movie together called Whitey, about this famous gangster [Whitey Bulger] in America. Matt's going to play him and I'm going to direct.''

Ben has directed three films to date - 'Gone Baby Gone', 'The Town' and new spy thriller 'Argo' - which have all been critically acclaimed, and he says he's still terrified by the process of making them.

He added to ShortList magazine: ''It's probably anxiety, the terror that it's not going to be good - that keeps me worrying and working and staying up late and obsessing about it all night.

''It's not particularly healthy, but I think it's helped make the movies better.''