Ben Affleck and Matt Damon thought they were set for life after they sold their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting for $600,000. On a recent episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, Affleck detailed just how wrong they were.
"When we sold Good Will Hunting I was like, 'We are now rich for life. My needs are over. I will never have to work again,'" the Air actor said. Instead, it turns out, they were “broke in six months.”
"We sold it for $600,000, we split that, $300,000 each, and then the agents got $30,000. So we had $270,000, and we paid about $160,000 in taxes, so we had $110,000,” Affleck explained. “Each bought $55,000 Jeep Cherokees, and then had $55,000 left, which naturally we decided to rent a $5,000-a-month party house on Glencoe Way by the Hollywood Bowl, and we were broke in six months."