See the Cast of ‘Good Will Hunting’ Then and Now
Way back before they were household names, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon co-wrote and starred in ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Released in 1997, the film followed Will Hunting (Damon), a brilliant but troubled young man working as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who, along with the help of a therapist and a mathematics professor, works to achieve his full potential. The film was a critical and commercial success, and earned Damon and Affleck an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay that year. Now, 17 years later, we revisit the cast of the film and see what they’re up to these days.
Matt Damon, Will Hunting
Then: Matt Damon played the role of Will Hunting, a self-taught genius and troubled man who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After solving a complex math problem, his therapist and professor help him achieve his full potential. Damon, who previously appeared in ‘School Ties’ with best friend Ben Affleck, co-wrote the script with Affleck, and the pair first sold the rights to Castle Rock, who wanted to cast Leonardo DiCaprio in the Will Hunting role. With a little help from their director friend Kevin Smith, Damon and Affleck sold the rights for the film to Miramax, took control of their story, and hired director Gus Van Sant to helm the film.
Now: Damon reunited with Affleck in 1998 for their friend Kevin Smith’s film ‘Dogma,’ and appeared in major films like ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ the ‘Bourne Identity’ trilogy, and Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ trilogy with George Clooney. He’s appeared in Soderbergh’s ‘The Informant,’ ‘Contagion,’ and, more recently, ‘Behind the Candelabra.’ He also recently re-teamed with ‘Good Will Hunting’ director Gus Van Sant for ‘Promised Land,’ which Damon co-wrote with John Krasinski, and starred in the sci-fi flick ‘Elysium.’ He reunited with Clooney for ‘The Monuments Men,’ which his ‘Oceans’ co-star also directed. Damon can be seen next in ‘Interstellar,’ directed by Christopher Nolan.
Robin Williams, Dr. Sean Maguire
Then: Robin Williams played Dr. Sean Maguire, the first therapist who is able to get through to Will because he is able to empathize with him. Williams, who had a stand-up comic background, was mostly known for comedic roles in ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ and ‘The Birdcage,’ but also garnered acclaim previously for his dramatic role in ‘Dead Poets Society.’
Now: Since then, Williams has had quite the diverse resume, appearing in films like ‘Patch Adams,’ ‘Insomnia,’ ‘Death to Smoochy,’ ‘One Hour Photo,’ and the ‘Night at the Museum’ films. His comedy films haven’t been as highly praised as his dramatic output — roles in films like ‘RV,’ ‘Old Dogs,’ and, more recently, ‘The Big Wedding,’ haven’t exactly wowed audiences, but he has been highly praised for his role in the 2009 indie dark comedy ‘World’s Greatest Dad,’ written and directed by fellow stand-up comic Bobcat Goldthwait. Recently, Williams appeared in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ and can be seen next in ‘The Angriest Man in Brooklyn’ and ‘Night at the Museum 3.’
Ben Affleck, Chuckie Sullivan
Then: Ben Affleck played Chuckie Sullivan, Will’s best friend since childhood, who wants nothing more than for Will to reach his potential and stop letting his friends hold him back. Affleck also co-wrote the script and previously appeared in ‘School Ties’ with Matt Damon, as well as the films ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Mallrats.’
Now: After reuniting with Damon for ‘Dogma’ and appearing in films like ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Reindeer Games,’ and ‘Pearl Harbor,’ Affleck had a couple of flops with ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Gigli.’ He reunited with old pal and director Kevin Smith for ‘Jersey Girl,’ and then the A-lister came back out on top, moving into directing with films like ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town.’ More recently, he directed and starred in ‘Argo,’ which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and he appeared in the films ‘To the Wonder’ and ‘Runner, Runner.’ Up next, he stars in David Fincher’s thriller ‘Gone Girl,’ based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, and he’ll play Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman.’
Stellan Skarsgard, Professor Gerald Lambeau
Then: Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard played Gerald Lambeau, a math professor who posts a difficult problem for his graduate students that Will solves, so Lambeau takes Will under his wing. Skarsgard mostly appeared in Swedish films, but also had roles in ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Amistad.’
Now: Since then, Skarsgard appeared in films like ‘Deep Blue Sea,’ ‘The Glass House,’ ‘Mamma Mia,’ and played Bootstrap Bill Turner in the second and third ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films. A frequent player in Danish director Lars Von Trier’s films, Skarsgard appeared in ‘Dogville,’ ‘Dancer in the Dark,’ ‘Melancholia,’ and his latest, ‘Nymphomaniac.’ He also plays Dr. Erik Selvig in the ‘Thor’ films, and recently appeared in the latest adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Next, he’ll star in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Cinderella.’
Minnie Driver, Skylar
Then: Minnie Driver played Skylar, a British student at Harvard and Will’s love interest. Driver was known for roles in ‘Circle of Friends,’ ‘GoldenEye,’ and ‘Grosse Point Blank.’
Now: Driver has since starred in ‘Return to Me,’ ‘Ella Enchanted,’ ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ and ‘Conviction.’ She lent her voice to the animated films ‘Tarzan,’ ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut,’ and ‘Princess Mononoke.’ After starring on the FX series ‘The Riches’ and appearing in the film ‘I Give It a Year,’ Driver now stars on the new sitcom ‘About a Boy.’ She also appears in the upcoming films ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Stage Fright.’
Casey Affleck, Morgan O’Mally
Then: Casey Affleck, younger brother of Ben, played Morgan O’Mally, one of Will and Chuckie’s friends. The younger Affleck previously appeared in Gus Van Sant’s ‘To Die For,’ and had a small role in Kevin Smith’s ‘Chasing Amy,’ which also starred his big brother.
Now: Affleck also appeared in ’200 Cigarettes’ with his older brother, and reunited with Matt Damon for the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ trilogy. He wrote and starred in ‘Gerry,’ which was directed by Gus Van Sant in 2002, and he starred in ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ which was directed by his brother. In 2010, he directed ‘I’m Still Here,’ the fake documentary following Joaquin Phoenix’s attempt at a rap career, and he recently starred in ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.’ Up next, he’ll reunite with Matt Damon again for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar,’ and he landed a leading role in ‘Boston Strangler.’
Cole Hauser, Billy McBride
Then: Cole Hauser played Billy McBride, one of Will and Chuckie’s childhood friends from the neighborhood. Hauser previously starred with Ben Affleck in ‘Dazed and Confused,’ and with Affleck and Matt Damon in ‘School Ties.’
Now: Hauser since starred in ‘Pitch Black,’ ‘Hart’s War,’ ‘White Oleander,’ ’2 Fast 2 Furious,’ ‘Paparazzi,’ ‘The Break-Up,’ and Tyler Perry’s ‘The Family That Preys.’ Last year he appeared in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ and this year he has a role in ‘Transcendence,’ the directorial debut from Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. He’ll also return to the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise for ‘Fast and Furious 7.’