L.A. Confidential (1997)
Ben Affleck is Bud White
Affleck cracks heads and furrows his brow in this complex cop thriller. Love scenes between Affleck and Kim Basinger trigger unintended laughter in test audiences, and the star’s slight Bud White fails to survive the climactic shoot out.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Russell Crowe is Chuckie Sullivan
Crowe provides wry urban wisdom for his friend Matt Damon in this inspirational drama. Things are going well until the mid-way point when the script, co-written by Crowe, veers wildly off course and has Chuckie developing his own savant maths powers, as well as a trio of imaginary friends played by Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, and a little girl.