Good Will Hunting is one the most successful films in recent Hollywood history, making nearly 200 million at the box office and only costing 10 million to make. The script was a hot commodity in Hollywood when it arrived, garnering interest from several studios. And of course, it was the film that made Ben Affleck and Matt Damon household names.
Affleck and Damon eventually chose to make the film with with Miramax, run by producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein recently explained why on The Graham Norton Show.
“Everyone in Hollywood wanted Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and the film”, he recalled. “In the meeting with them, I said ‘I only have one really big note on the script. About page 60, the two leads, both straight men, have a sex scene. What the hell is that?'”
Here is what Damon and Affleck had to say:
“That’s the scene we wrote to see if guys like you read the script, because every studio executive we went to hadn’t read it. You’re the only guy who brought it up, so you get the movie”.