Hollywood actor Matt Damon is celebrating his birthday today i.e. on October 8. As the Good Will Hunting actor turns 51, he has been popular with audiences and critics alike. The actor has enthralled audiences with a range of versatile roles, be it his role as the superspy Jason Bourne, or his portrayal of a grieving father who becomes a zoo owner in the film We Bought a Zoo. .
Damon remains a bankable star, dabbling in production and scriptwriting as well. He has also collaborated with renowned directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola to cement his reputation as one of the industry’s most bankable stars.
As the actor celebrates his special day today, here is a list of his five must-see films:
good will Hunting:The 1997 film sees Damon working alongside longtime friend Ben Affleck, as well as Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard. In the film, Damon plays self-taught mathematician Will Hunting, who becomes a therapist’s patient and learns to mend his personal relationships. Affleck and Damon also wrote the screenplay for the film.
Good Will Hunting received rave reviews from critics and was nominated in nine categories at the 70th Academy Awards. The film won the Best Screenplay award for Damon and Affleck as well as the Best Supporting Actor trophy for the late Williams.
Martian:The role saw Damon bring an insignificant intensity to his role of Mark Whitney, who is left behind on Mars because his crew assumes him dead. The film, based on the novel of the same name, sees Damon struggle to survive on Mars, like an outer-space Robinson Crusoe. The role saw Damon do his best as a resourceful, smart botanist. He also managed to carry the film on his shoulders, prompting audiences to see his character survive on the Red Planet.
Bourne Series:Who can forget Damon’s role as Superspy in the series? The actor plays a CIA assassin who suffers from memory loss. In the movies, Damon is seen going against the organization as he tries to remember his past. The movies gave Damon free reign to become an action star, a far cry from the cerebral films that had been made up to that point. Although it is difficult to tell which of Bourne’s films are the best, the 2002 film Bourne Supremacy is seen as his best role as an amnesia detective.
Late:Damon went head-to-head against Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 crime thriller film. Damon plays an undercover mobster in the Massachusetts State Police running up against DiCaprio’s Costigan as the two try to discover each other’s identities as Mole. Damon and DiCaprio engage in a game of cat and mouse that keeps audiences on edge; the film was a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong action film Internal Affairs and won the Scorsese Academy Award for Best Director.
Rainmaker:Renowned director Francis Ford Coppola gave this gem of a film in 1997 based on John Grisham’s novel of the same name. The film stars Damon as Dalit lawyer Rudy Baylor, who is up against corrupt judges, corporate lawyers and abusive husbands. The character of Damon goes against all odds to defeat a corrupt insurance company. His role as an honest, inexperienced lawyer, who is against all odds in his very first case, earned him much appreciation.