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Matt Damon Opens Up About How Longtime Friend And Collaborator Ben Affleck Has Helped Him Navigate Fame Over The Years

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s friendship is absolutely one for the Hollywood books. Whether they team up to write, reunite for a good cause, or join with other celebrities to play Wordle, it’s fair to say that these two have one of the best bromances in the industry. Damon most recently teamed up with Affleck the latter’s latest directorial effort, Air, which is getting a lot of buzz. And amid the press tour, Damon opened up about how his longtime friend and collaborator has helped him navigate fame throughout their career.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been through a lot, from struggling to make it as actors to shedding tears together filming Good Will Hunting, which won them both Oscars. Dealing with such a winding journey can be difficult, as Matt Damon knows. The star recently caught up with People and spoke about why he’s felt the need to check in with his best friend over the years while navigating the overwhelmingness of the entertainment industry:

It’s been really helpful to check in with Ben throughout this whole surreal process over the last 25 years. I think the shock of becoming famous is so… I mean, that messed me up for a couple years. Because the whole world just starts to treat you differently. And so your subjective experience changes. It’s like somebody rewrites your code in the Matrix, but just your code.