Ben Affleck, Matt Damon’s Kiss Cut From ‘The Last Duel’: Find Out Why


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
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Change of plans! When Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote The Last Duel, one scene included a kiss between the actors — however it by no means made it to the ultimate script.

In the upcoming movie, Damon, 51, performs French knight Jean de Carrouges, whereas Affleck, 49, performs Count Pierre d’Alençon, a French nobleman. While one scene consists of Damon’s character kneeling in entrance of his longtime pal, that wasn’t the way in which the story initially was written.

“In the original actual version of that scene — the way that ceremony actually took place was that you kissed everybody on the mouth,” the Way Back actor told Entertainment Tonight in an interview revealed on Sunday, October 10. “And we had that in the script.”

The second, which the Bourne Identity star famous would have been his “first onscreen kiss” with the Gone Girl actor, was modified by director Ridley Scott.

“Ridley thought it would be distracting, and his instincts are pretty good,” the Justice League star defined, with Damon noting that the characters “really hate each other,” which made the scene even higher.

“In truth, the scene the place I kneel earlier than him, Ben simply improvised this factor the place I began to say my line and he simply interrupted me and goes, ‘Closer,’” the Oscar winner explained. “And I have to kind of get up and kneel again in front of him. And that was just — he just did that and just kind of blurted that out, and it wasn’t within the script.”

The actors, who first collaborated in 1997 once they wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, additionally joked that the kneeling occurs “at home” as effectively.

“I actually have to kneel before him,” Damon stated with fun. “Once he started directing, that’s actually how I have to get in his house.”

The longtime buddies have at all times supported each other via their ups and downs over time.

“We grew up together,” the Manchester by the Sea actor stated in 2016. “We were both in love with the same thing — acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years and that bonded us for life.”


Damon additionally has an important humorousness on the subject of Affleck’s personal life — and his current reunion with Jennifer Lopez. (The duo, who have been engaged from 2002 to 2004, reunited in May 2021 and have been relationship ever since.)

“He’s the best. He deserves every happiness in the world. I’m glad for both of them,” the Stillwater star advised Extra in July of the pair. That similar month, he joked to Jess Cagle about how odd it’s that he’s requested concerning the reunion.

“Like, would I be unhappy? Like, ‘I hate true love. It sucks,’” he laughed. “I wish them nothing, but you know, hardship.”

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