Ben Affleck, meanwhile, is on his second film as a director, The Town. Did he ask you to be in either of his films?
He didn’t ask me but I’d love to work with him as a director. We were so young when we wrote Good Will Hunting and we’ve known each other forever, we work well together and we enjoy it. So, yeah, I’d work with him again in a second.
So you’re still friends with Ben?
No! I threw him out! He’s really such a boring guy!
You’ll always have that Best Original Screenplay Oscar… Where do you keep it and how much did it change your life?
We’re renting an apartment in New York and so I just saw my Oscar because it was moved out of storage and it’s in the closet… I was looking for some shoes and I found it there!
Winning that award at that time changed our lives completely because to get that much attention and to have our profile raised in the industry that much led to much more work.
It affected everything from the amount of money I got paid to the number of jobs I got offered to the quality of the jobs that I got offered.