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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Added X-Rated Robin Williams Scene in Movie

Sometimes it’s all about nostalgia, and I totally went down that road watching the 1997 blockbuster, award-winning movie, Good Will Hunting. It’s arguably one of the best movies of all time and centers on a gifted janitor working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Like many of us, I started googling interesting facts about the movie while watching it. During my search, I stumbled upon an absolutely hilarious and intriguing fun fact about the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon film.

Matt Damon began writing Good Will Hunting as a final assignment for a playwriting class he took at Harvard University. He involved his best friend Ben Affleck in the writing process. According to Mental Floss, Ben and Matt eventually decided to sell their script to Castle Rock after a bidding war ensued. However, they pulled out of the deal after realizing something quite unusual.

The duo suspected that no one had actually read the script. It’s not uncommon for studios to purchase scripts without reading them thoroughly, but when that happens, there’s always a risk that the studio will try to make significant changes during filming and production.

According to Boston Magazine, they decided to test this theory by inserting a nonsensical, X-rated scene into Good Will Hunting. This scene involved Robin Williams, who played a therapist to Matt Damon’s character.

On page 60 of the script, they wrote this explicit scene and continued shopping their script around to both big and small studios.

The Digital Fix website notes that in the scene, Will, played by Matt Damon, comes into Sean’s office, played by Robin Williams, and Sean initiates a graphic sexual encounter with Will.

As expected, no one noticed this bizarre scene except for one studio.

According to Boston Magazine, this one and only studio actually called them out and asked, “What the hell is that?” This moment validated their suspicion that many studios were not carefully reading the scripts they were purchasing. After this revelation, Ben and Matt decided to sell Good Will Hunting to the then-small studio Miramax Films instead of a larger studio.

This surely ranks as one of the best fun facts in the world of film.

Source: Mental Floss, Boston Magazine, Digital Fix