Matt Damon’s stroll down the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night saw him remember the late Robin Williams while discussing the 20th anniversary of “Good Will Hunting”.
“Oh, man, [I have] a lot of Robin Williams memories, good memories of him. And Ben [Affleck] said recently, it’s weird, we always felt like we were going to, we had this incredible debt to pay him back,” Damon said about his former co-star. “And we thought there would be time to do that and just the abruptness of somebody leaving like that, that realization comes that you’re never going to be able to pay back this incredible thing done for you.”
Damon, whose producing project “Manchester by the Sea” is up for a Best Motion Picture, Drama nomination at the Golden Globes, admitted that Williams’ decision to board the 1997 movie greatly impacted his and Affleck’s film careers. “That movie got made because Robin said he wanted to do it. That changed the trajectory of our careers completely, forever,” Damon continued.
Williams passed away in 2014 after committing suicide at the age of 63. The star’s widow recently revealed in November that he suffered from Lewy body dementia, which she believes led to the actor’s decision to take his own life. “[Parkinson’s disease] is actually an accurate diagnosis; however, that was the clinical side. The pathology was that he had diffuse Lewy body disease, which is what took him,” she explained while appearing on “CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose”. “I can tell you in his autopsy, the coroner’s report was clear that he had Lewy body throughout all of his brain and brain stem — nearly every region.”