Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunited in film about violence against women

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childhood friends Matt Damon e Ben Affleck were two virtually unknown actors looking for a career when they wrote indomitable genius (1997). The project not only attracted director Gus Van Sant and actor Robin Williams (1951-2014), who won his single Oscar, supporting actor, for the film, as he led the original screenplay figurine. Since then, the two have had more than successful trajectories in Hollywood, as actors, screenwriters and producers and, in Affleck’s case, also as a director.

They had never written together again, although they remained close friends, until Or Last Duelo, which hits Brazilian cinemas this Thursday, the 14th. “I think we were afraid to write, because we were so inefficient the first time around,” said Damon in a press conference, via videoconference. “It took years because we had no idea what we were doing. We wrote thousands of pages and basically squeezed everything into a script. But I think after 25 years we learned a little bit more about structure. In the end, it turned out to be quite effective.”

They swear they weren’t looking for a script to write together. Matt Damon one day came across Or Last Duel, written by Eric Jager, which is being released in Brazil by Intrínseca. The book is the result of research into the history of the last duel authorized by the Paris Parliament. Shortly after Christmas 1386, Norman knight Jean de Carrouges (played by Matt Damon in the film version) faced squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), accused by Carrouges’ wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer) of rape. Basically, it was a trial by combat, like those who became famous in Game of Thrones: whoever won would be considered innocent, as he was spared by God.

Damon thought it was the ideal project to get back to work with Ridley Scott, with whom he had done Lost in Mars (2015) – after all, the director’s first feature film had been The Duelists, about a duel in the early 19th century, and he is known for the action scenes. Scott jumped right in, putting off some of the many movies he’s playing at the same time. At a dinner with Affleck, Damon told the story and heard from his friend a proposal to write together. “So it happened in a very organic way,” Damon said.