Boston’s ‘Good Will Hunting’: A Look Back At Greatness
Boston’s Good Will Hunting came out this month, December 5, 1997.
With a $10 million dollar budget, the movie was a WILD success, grossing over $225 million. According to Wikipedia, at the Oscars it received nominations in nine categories, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won in two: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon.
-Because the studio wanted stars, the original actors first considered were Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio!
–Harvard alum, actor John Lithgow pulled some strings to have some of the movie shot at Harvard. Normally Harvard didn’t allow it at that time.
-According yardbarker.com, in the wake of the passing of Robin Williams, (who also starred in the movie) many fans flocked to the bench in Boston Public Garden that he and Will sit on in the film (and on the movie’s poster). It became a bit of a temporary shrine to Williams for fans who wanted to pay homage to the beloved actor.
-The script started as a project for Damon’s playwriting class at Harvard.
-According to entrepreneur.com, Matt and Ben were paid $600,000 for the script. After taxes and agent fees, they were left with about $150,000, each. The movie grossed $225 million. This is the reason actors today, seek to have producer credits, to get paid beyond their performance salary.
For our holiday down time maybe it’s time to go back to 1997 and re-watch Boston’s Good Will Hunting. Meet you at the bench.