GOOD WILL HUNTING
MATT DAMON plays Will Hunting, an orphan from South Boston
who comes to terms with his life and genius through the relationship
he develops with a therapist. Damon cowrote the screenplay
along with costar and longtime friend Ben Affleck.
This fall, Damon can also be seen as the crusading lawyer in Francis
Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker," based on John Grisham's
bestselling novel. Following "Good Will Hunting,"
he will star opposite Tom Hanks in the title role of "Saving
Private Ryan," a World War II saga shot on location in London
under the direction of Steven Spielberg.
Damon gave a vivid performance in "Courage Under Fire"
(1996), in which he portrayed a guiltridden Persian Gulf
soldier tormented by an incident that happened in the heat of
battle. Earlier, for director Walter Hill, he enjoyed a sizable
supporting role as the green second lieutenant new to the West
who narrates "Geronimo: An American Legend." In 1995,
Damon appeared in "The Good Old Boys," directed by Tommy
Lee Jones for TNT. Set in turn of the century Texas, Damon played
a forwardthinking and mechanically inclined young man who
leaves his family behind to follow his heart and pursue his passion
The versatile young actor made his feature film debut in 1988
with a small role in the critically acclaimed "Mystic Pizza."
He went on to play Brian Dennehy's medical school dropout in the
TV movie "Rising Son" for TNT in 1990, and gained further
attention in his return to the big screen, as one of the fascist
preppies in "School Ties."
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