Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s new period drama The Last Duel directed by Ridley Scott denies us a steamy footage. The actors admitted that not everything will be historically accurate in the 1300s France drama.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight the actors revealed that Damon, 51, was supposed to kiss Affleck, 49, but instead Ridley Scott had Damon kneel before his friend and co-star.
“In the original actual version of that scene — the way that ceremony actually took place was that you kissed everybody on the mouth,” Affleck told Entertainment Tonight. “And we had that in the script.”
Damon noted, “That would’ve been our first on-screen kiss.”
To which Affleck quipped, “It’s going to have to wait.”
In the film, Damon stars as Jean de Carrouges, a French knight during the Hundred Years War who was involved in the last officially sanctioned duel in France’s history. Affleck stars as Count Pierre d’Alençon, a French nobleman.
Wondering why the could-have-been iconic scene cut from the script? Read on to know more.
“Ridley thought it would be distracting, and his instincts are pretty good,” Ben Affleck explained.
“Yeah the two characters really hate each other and that was really fun,” Damon recalled. “In fact, the scene where I kneel before him, Ben just improvised this thing where I started to say my line and he just interrupted me and goes, ‘Closer.’ And I have to kind of get up and kneel again in front of him. And that was just — he just did that and just kind of blurted that out, and it wasn’t in the script,” he added.
“The Last Duel” premieres in theaters on Friday, October 15, after its first release at the Venice Film Festival last month.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have proved over the years that nobody does friendship quite like them.
The two were childhood pals who grew up together in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they became fast friends when Damon was 10 and Affleck was 8. Since then, they have gone on to become major movie stars. They’ve worked together on several projects, including School Ties, The Battle of Shaker Heights and Field of Dreams.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight in 2016, Damon opened up about his long-term bond with Affleck.
“I’ve known him for 35 years, and we grew up together,” he said at the time. “We were both in love with the same thing — acting and filmmaking. I think we fed on each other’s obsession during really formative, important years and that bonded us for life.”
Damon was “a huge support” for Affleck during his journey to sobriety.