We're Being Denied a Matt Damon and Ben Affleck On-Screen Kiss
Ever since Good Will Hunting, people have been wondering (hoping?) if the two would ever play opposite each other in an, ahem, romantic way. The Last Duel offered an opportunity, Affleck said, but unfortunately, it didn't work out. In the Ridley Scott-directed period piece, Affleck and Damon play Count Pierre d'Alençon and Jean de Carrouges, respectively, the two men involved in France's last official sanctioned duel. And because the movie is all about ye olde ways of chivalry and tradition, there was supposed to be a kiss between the two characters — until it got cut by Scott.
"In the original actual version of that scene — the way that ceremony actually took place was that you kissed everybody on the mouth," Affleck told Entertainment Tonight.
"That would've been our first on-screen kiss," Damon continued. "It's going to have to wait."
Affleck added, "Ridley thought it would be distracting, and his instincts are pretty good."
News of the would-be same-sex kiss comes after Damon's controversial comments about the LGBTQIA+ community over the summer, when he told the Sunday Times that he'd recently joked about using a homophobic slur.
"The word that my daughter calls the 'f-slur for a homosexual' was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application. I made a joke, months ago, and got a treatise from my daughter. She left the table. I said, 'Come on, that's a joke! I say it in the movie Stuck on You!'" he said. He later would go on to release a statement about what he actually meant.
"During a recent interview, I recalled a discussion I had with my daughter where I attempted to contextualize for her the progress that has been made — though by no means completed — since I was growing up in Boston and, as a child, heard the word 'f--' used on the street before I knew what it even referred to," he explained. "I explained that that word was used constantly and casually and was even a line of dialogue in a movie of mine as recently as 2003; she in turn expressed incredulity that there could ever have been a time where that word was used unthinkingly. To my admiration and pride, she was extremely articulate about the extent to which that word would have been painful to someone in the LGBTQ+ community regardless of how culturally normalized it was. I not only agreed with her but thrilled at her passion, values, and desire for social justice."