Ben Affleck Reflects on How Good Will Hunting Changed His Life for the Better: I'm Now on People's Lists

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star also shares her thoughts on movies with "buzz"

By Mike Vulpo Mar 24, 2016 10:00 AMTags

If Ben Affleck is starring in your movie, something good is about to happen!

Whether it's his critically acclaimed roles in Argo and Runner Runner or the box office success from He's Just Not That Into You and Gone Girl, Hollywood can't get enough of the A-list celebrity.

On the heels of the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, E! News decided to travel back in time to 1997 when Ben was starring in Good Will Hunting. Before the film's release, the actor couldn't help but address how much the project was going to change his life.

"Your life changes within your work. That all happens like way in advance of the movie coming out.  So like the word on this movie is good. The word on that movie is good...Now I'm doing this big, enormous sort of science fiction studio movie with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton and a bunch of really cool people and that's kind of fun," he explained to E! News. "That's a change in my life that I would be considered to be like a lead in an enormous, huge, expensive, high-concept event movie and then by being in that, I'm like now considered a viable candidate for other movies."

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He continued, "When we first wrote Good Will Hunting, I don't think I was on many people's lists you know. In that regard it's changed my life."

Little did Ben know that the movie would help him win a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Screenplay alongside his close friend Matt Damon.

To top it all off, Ben admitted to E! News that all the "buzz" surrounding the film before his release didn't really affect him. After all, he saw more than a few projects with hype not go so well.

"I never know what to make of the buzz," he shared with E! News. "My theory of the buzz is that the whole buzz thing is like, ‘I hear your movie is great.' I'm sure there are people out there who really thought they had a winner and the buzz was great and then when the movie came out, it got panned by the critics and didn't make a nickel and they were standing there around there going, ‘We had good buzz. What can I get for my buzz?' You really can't ride a bus on a buzz."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres tomorrow.