Sometimes I think of Matt Damon’s roles in films like the Bourne series and The Departed as extensions of his Good Will Hunting character. Maybe he wouldn’t have been beaten up by his dad if creepy Jack Nicholson had come along and he would have become an ethically scurrilous and kind of dumb cop. (It wasn’t his fault.) He maintains his disregard for psychotherapy in this Departed scenario, though. He certainly “violates the doctor-patient code” — and his crack about all the feelings “flying around the room” recalls GWH every time I hear it.
Or what if Will had taken one of those winning-lottery-ticket corporate-military-industrial-math jobs with the NSA that would have led him to being a super spy and losing his memory (all that math! down the drain!) and before you knew it he would be making out with Run Lola Run instead of Minnie Driver.
I think we can all agree that he at least has a less ridiculous haircut in these later incarnations, but that’s a blog post for another day.