Friendship Goals: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Shared a Bank Account When They Were Struggling Actors
“It was unusual, but it was also, like, we needed the money for auditions, for trips to New York,” Damon said.
One of the longest-lasting relationships in Hollywood is sharing their secret: a shared bank account. When movie stars and creative partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were in high school in the 1980s, they shared a bank account with some very specific rules.
While promoting their new film, “Air,” on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” the pair explained they opened the account as a way to help each other make ends meet while auditioning. 'We had a BayBank account,' Damon said, before Affleck added, “I still have the checkbook.”
“It was unusual, but it was also, like, we needed the money for auditions, for trips to New York,” Damon said. “You were allowed to take out $10 and get quarters, and go and play video games. Eventually, we were allowed to try to buy beer, which never f*cking worked.”
Affleck said that while they were trying to make it as actors, they were always rooting for each other and sharing funds helped. “We were going to help each other and be there for each other,” he said. “It was like, ‘You're not going to be alone. I'm not going to be alone. Let’s go out there and do this together.’”
Money was added to the account whenever one of them got a role, but one paycheck really stands out. “After doing 'Geronimo,' I probably had like 35 grand in the bank,” Damon said. “I was like, 'We're good for a year.'”