Ben Affleck and Matt Damon shared a checking account as teenagers

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are so close that they once shared the expenses like some married couples.

The two actors and longtime friends, who shot to fame after winning the Original Screenplay Oscar for ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997, did more than live and write together in their twenties. They revealed about an hour and 10 minutes in Wednesday’s episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast“that they shared a common checking account when they were in high school to support each other in the dream of becoming an actor.

“It was unusual, but we needed the money for the auditions,” Damon admitted, calling it a “strange thing in retrospect.”

“We were going to help each other and be there for each other,” Affleck said. “It was like, ‘You’re not going to be alone. I’m not going to be alone. Let’s go and do this together.’

Damon explained that each time one of them books a role, he deposits the winnings into the joint account.

“As long as one of us had money, we knew the power wasn’t going to go out,” Damon said. “After I did (1993) ‘Geronimo,’ I probably had $35,000 in the bank. I was like, we’re good for a year.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, shown here at the recent premiere of “Air” at SXSW, said they have a joint checking account to support each other in their acting dreams.

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The account came with a certain set of rules, however, and they were only allowed to withdraw funds for certain things. Although sometimes these allocations are a bit out of control.

“We were allowed to go (auditions in) New York with the money. You were allowed to withdraw $10 and get quarters and go (to the arcade) and play video games,” Damon said. “Eventually we were allowed to try to buy beer, which never worked out.”

The tactic seems to have worked. The two are still close friends and are huge Hollywood stars. They also clearly enjoy working with each other. The couple are currently promoting their latest project, “Air,” which will premiere on Amazon on April 7. They both star in the film and Affleck directed. It is also the first project carried out by their joint production company, Artists Equity.. The film is based on how Nike revolutionized its brand by teaming up with a little-known basketball rookie named Michael Jordan.

Affleck told CBS News in a joint interview that working with Damon again on “Air” has been the “best working experience of my life, without a doubt.”

“I think the most wonderful thing about it was that I loved coming to work every day. I love seeing Matt,” he said.

“It was so much fun – I don’t know. It was kind of like us and we were doing what we wanted to do,” he added. “I did it. I liked it. I liked it. I miss it every day since.


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