Ben Affleck and Matt Damon poke fun of themselves while promoting new medieval movie The Last Duel

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon poked fun of themselves on Wednesday while promoting their latest movie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy, 47, noted that it had been nearly 25 years since they won Oscars for writing the screenplay the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.

Ben, 40, said he and Matt, 51, made Good Will Hunting so they would have an acting reel to show to casting agents 

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New movie: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon poked fun of themselves on Wednesday while promoting their latest movie on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy showed them a photo of them from the Good Will Hunting premiere.

‘You wouldn’t imagine that those two idiots would still be around,’ Ben quipped.

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Jimmy asked what they remembered about that night. 

Ben said he had a ‘Zoolander’ look in that picture but he remembered that they were shocked that it all happened.

Time machine: Jimmy showed them a photo of them from the Good Will Hunting premiere nearly 25 years ago

‘We wouldn’t have imagined getting another job,’ said Ben, who added that the whole purpose of making the movie was really to have an acting reel to show to casting agents

‘If we can’t get the job (to) show we can do interesting stuff,’ said Ben, who said they just planned to show it to casting directors.

‘That was our ambition,’ said Ben. ‘I think we were shocked that it even got released.’

Zoolander look: Ben said he had a ‘Zoolander’ look in that picture but he remembered that they were shocked that it all happened

Matt and Ben were on the NBC talk show to discuss with Jimmy their new movie The Last Duel which comes out this week. Jimmy asked them why it took almost 25 years for them to consider writing another movie together.

‘Good Will Hunting took us so long,’ said Matt. ‘We were unemployed, broke guys. It took us forever to write the screenplay. I think we wrote thousands and thousands of pages. We didn’t really know what we were doing and I think that really put us off writing again cause we never thought we would really have the time.’

Matt said that after all these years of making movies that they found the process this time went a lot quicker. Ben said it also helped that they looped in experienced writer Nicole Holofcener, who appeared with them, to write the female perspective for the movie. Nicole saaid she got involved with this project when she got an email from Ben.

More experience: Matt said that after all these years of making movies that they found the process this time went a lot quicker

Ben said he discovered Nicole in 2013 when he was reading the terrible reviews after his movie Daredevil was released.

‘We met because we had movies come out the same weekend,’ said Ben. He said one review for his movie said it was like the worst film ever made. I turned the page and it said “Nicole Holofcener is a modern day Jane Austen (and thought) ” How do I get this?’

He added: ‘I’ve been trying to work with her ever since.’

Talented writer: They looped in experienced writer Nicole Holofcener, who appeared with them on the NBC talk show

Nicole said when Ben wrote to her that she thought it was a joke because he emailed her about a medieval movie. Matt then said that he was the one who came across and read the book ‘The Last Duel’ and sent it to Ridley Scott. He said he then showed it to Ben and they both decided to write the screenplay themselves. He said the book is based on a true story of the last sanctioned duel in medieval France. Matt said they asked Nicole to write the female perspective for the movie.

Jimmy also then said that he knew that Matt and Ben were longtime good friends and for proof showed a photo of the two of them at 17 in a photo booth.

‘Those guys clearly have star written all over them,’ said Matt. ‘I think it is the matching pookah necklaces that give it away.

Old friends: Jimmy also then said that he knew that Matt and Ben were longtime good friends and for proof showed a photo of the two of them at 17 in a photo booth

Matt then talked about how when Covid hit he was shooting the movie in Ireland and production shut down so he just stayed with his family in the country. Damon said he family took a vote and decided to stay. He said it was a great decision and they got absorbed in this beautiful community called Dalkey near Dublin.

He told a story about how he let his kids dye his hair red and then gave him a mohawk and that night facetimed with Bono, who also lived near town.

Jimmy showed a photo with this look and Matt said Bono just asked him what he did to his hair.

Pandemic story: Matt then talked about how when Covid hit he was shooting the movie in Ireland and production shut down so he just stayed with his family in the country