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Matt Damon

An affable player who has cultivated friendships in tandem with his showbiz career, Damon began acting professionally while attending Harvard University. His first notable role was as an anti-Semitic student in the 1992 teen drama School Ties, costarring his childhood buddy and future collaborator Ben Affleck. After a handful of supporting parts, Damon and Affleck cowrote and costarred in the hit 1997 indie drama Good Will Hunting . Not only did Damon earn an Oscar nod for his winning portrayal… Show more

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Aug 07, 2007 - pobrien
Frat boy with connections or exceptional thespian?

Damon has always wavered with me on this line between talented extra and exceptional actor. Much of his work feels a benefit of his Hollywood connections and school boy aspirations to be in film. On the other hand his best work is truly exceptional. The Talented Mr. Ripley was painful for me, as I watched him struggle in a role terribly out of character for him. Movies like Dogma, Rounders, and Ocean's Eleven confirm for me that he's well connected and merely a school boy who wants to be in the movies. Then again, his work with Saving Private Ryan, The Good Shepherd, and of course Good Will Hunting highlight his remarkable talent as does his vulnerable, enigmatic Jason Bourne.

Let's not even talk about Stuck on You... Jersey Girl... Eurotrip??

Fun fact? He was only an extra in Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams

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