good-will-hunting-oral-history-1I read the script and had the first meeting with Ben and Matt, and [executives] were there telling them how much I love the script. And I said, ‘Guys, on page 60 there’s a scene where the two professors perform oral sex on each other. I don’t understand that.’ I thought they were both heterosexual in the way they talked before — he lost his wife and he talks about his family. I’m like, ‘What the hell was that?’ And they said, ‘That’s the red herring! Now we know you’re the first guy in a studio to have read the script.’ … They gave it to me on the spot. They said, ‘We’re making it with you because you read it yourself.'”

 

Harvey Weinstein discussing how his company Miramax scored the Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting and stars-writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

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