Matt Damon: Hollywood’s Man of Action

by Scott Von Doviak

When Matt Damon made his big-screen breakthrough with the role he’d penned for himself (along with lifelong friend Ben Affleck) in Good Will Hunting, few would have guessed that the scrawny kid with the apple-pie looks would go on to become one of the biggest action stars of the 21st century. Damon was the golden boy — a youthful, all-American type seemingly best suited to romantic leads and light comedic roles, with the occasional indie turn as a brainy, troubled misfit sprinkled in for variety. In a way, though, the changing economics of the motion picture business forced his hand.

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