Matt Damon - Will Hunting, Good Will Hunting (1997)
“You shouldn’t be too cool to care, for Christ’s sake. You should be full of vim and vigour and trying to do everything you can to make a change.”
So said Damon back in ’97 about Good Will Hunting, a film scribbled by him and bezzie mate Ben Affleck to award themselves the kind of roles they craved.
The former plays a maths genius, the latter his caring, brawny mate – and it’s in Damon’s meltdowns, cackles, cockiness and all-consuming weakness that the film arises from good to great. Self-destructive, eventually self-assured, totally self-made.
Greatest Moment: In Robin Williams’ office, unleashing bloodcurdling bawls as the past creeps up.
Also See: Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr Ripley), Jason Bourne (the Bourne trilogy).