Ben Affleck and Matt Damon promoted their HBO series Project Greenlight at an Los Angeles event on Friday night.
Project Greenlight, which won Emmy nods for outstanding reality program in 2002, 2004, and 2005, was rebooted earlier this year, with Affleck telling Deadline: "Project Greenlight was ahead of its time. Now that technology has caught up to the concept, we thought it was a perfect time to bring it back. A whole new generation of filmmakers has grown up sharing everything, and the next big director could be just an upload away." The television series, set to air in 2015, will follow the original format. The contest winner will receive a Hollywood-vetted script, crew, and equipment, but must deliver the film on schedule and on budget.
While Affleck, 42, and Damon, 44, have not appeared on screen together in recent years, they have collaborated on many projects though their production company Pearl Street Films, named after the street that ran between their childhood homes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Since 2012, they have lived on the same street in Los Angeles. Affleck admits he "hounded" Damon to move to LA "so that our kids can know each other and go to the same schools, and hang out sort of the way we did. And finally he caved." Damon remarked: "I tried to get him to come back East for years and finally I just gave up and was like, ‘All right.’ ... We each have two girls within six months of each other. It was a strong argument to buy a house here and be near Ben."
The BFFs have long been vocal about their bond. While Damon initially found the media interest in their friendship strange, "at this point, I just acknowledge to myself that I love him and he’s going to be in my life forever ... He’s the smartest, funnest, nicest, kindest, most incredibly talented guy. He’s got more going for him than just about anyone I’ve ever met."
Meanwhile, Affleck said in 2013: "I wouldn’t be here without him. His friendship and support have meant a lot." In 1999, in a comment that would prove prophetic, Affleck remarked: "If I just do 15 shitty movies and no one wants to hire me again, I still really hope Matt does well. I wouldn’t associate my failing with his success. I think that’s the secret to a good friendship - you always root for the other person and support the other person."
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