After their very own stumbles (well-meaning however insensitive remarks from Damon, in addition to suspicion that he had helped kill a narrative years in the past; embarrassing outdated video of Affleck seemingly groping Hilarie Burton on TRL in 2003) within the aftermath of the slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations laid out in opposition to Weinstein, adopted by dozens of different distinguished males, beginning in October 2017, Affleck and Damon tried to make it clear that they wished to be a part of the answer as Hollywood strikes ahead as a extra equitable, inclusive, protected place to work.
“We all know these things goes on on the planet. I did 5 or 6 films with Harvey. I by no means noticed this,” Damon advised Deadline. “I feel a whole lot of actors have come out and mentioned, ‘Everyone’s saying all of us knew.’ That is not true. Such a predation occurs behind closed doorways, and out of public view. If there was ever an occasion that I used to be at and Harvey was doing this type of factor and I did not see it, then I’m so deeply sorry, as a result of I might have stopped it.”
Affleck mentioned on The Late Present With Stephen Colbert that listening to about Weinstein’s “horrible crimes” did have an effect on how he felt concerning the films they’d made collectively. “It kind of tainted that a bit of bit to comprehend whereas we have been having these experiences and making these films, there have been individuals who have been struggling and coping with terrible experiences,” the actor mentioned. “I did not actually know what to do with that, ? It is exhausting to know.”
He mentioned he’d be donating residuals from his Miramax movies to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest Nationwide Community) and Movie Unbiased.
In the end, Affleck added, “I believed I had a way of the scope of the issue and I believed I understood it, and the reality is I actually did not.”
Then, that December, Damon’s dad, Kent, died after a protracted bout with most cancers, and whereas Damon was devastated, his father’s demise hit Affleck actually exhausting too.
“The man is sort of a brother to me and there are ups and downs in life,” Damon shared with People in March 2018 at a Water.org occasion in New York. “It was a foul yr for him, too. He was very, very near my father, they’d an awesome relationship. Beloved one another quite a bit. So final yr was no actual picnic for him both.”
That summer season, Affleck returned to rehab for 40 days, after which he continued with outpatient therapy and the unending efforts that go into the method of staying sober, his assist system—Garner, his children, his dad and mom, brother Casey and greatest buddy Matt—intact from years past.