Matt Damon and Ben Affleck shared a bank account: ‘It was weird’

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Simply ask actors and lifelong greatest buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who appeared on The Invoice Simmons Podcast, hosted by Simmons, a sports activities author at The Ringer

Damon, 52, and Affleck, 50, met as youngsters of their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and have since gone on to monumental success in Hollywood. They’ve teamed up on dozens of tasks, together with the flicks Good Will Looking, Faculty Ties, and Area of Desires.

Damon’s and Affleck’s internet worths are every estimated to be $55 million, per Forbes’ most not too long ago accessible information (their fortunes have seemingly since grown), however success didn’t come so rapidly. For years, they informed Simmons, instances have been robust. 

Within the late Nineteen Eighties, as the 2 labored tirelessly to advance their appearing careers, they shared a checking account. 

“It was uncommon, however … we wanted the cash for auditions, for journeys to New York, in order that’s what the cash was for,” Damon mentioned. He added, nevertheless, that the 2 weren’t solely business-minded, and infrequently dipped into the account to pay for recreation or beer. 

At any time when both of them booked a task, they funneled these earnings into the joint account to go in direction of future audition prices, Damon mentioned. “You have been allowed to go to [auditions in] New York with the cash. You have been allowed to take out $10 and get quarters and go to [the arcade] and play video video games.”

The choice to separate funds stemmed from the pair’s mutual assist; when one wins, the opposite wins, Affleck defined. “We have been going to assist one another and be there for one another. It was like, ‘You’re not going to be alone. I’m not going to be alone. Let’s go on the market and do that collectively.’”

To separate or to not cut up

Whether or not or not you anticipate to be millionaires in the future, anybody can open a joint checking account. There are not any official restrictions on who can personal a shared account, in line with WalletHub. And everybody named on a given account has equal entry to its funds, no matter who makes a deposit. However that goes each methods: A joint account means joint legal responsibility if one individual overdrafts. 

There’s additionally the problem of Damon and Affleck’s ages; whereas they didn’t specify precisely how outdated they have been, minors (these youthful than 18) can’t open a checking account and not using a dad or mum or authorized guardian. Then once more, minors can’t purchase beer, both.

However the association, which each actors bear in mind fondly, didn’t final lengthy. Damon admitted that it will definitely grew to become difficult, and as soon as the 2 started incomes regular incomes, they closed the account. 

That was just the start of their collaboration, although. Previous to shifting to a string of Los Angeles flats collectively, in addition they lived with Casey, Affleck’s youthful brother, in an house in a Massachusetts suburb—that will or might not have been very tidy.   

“I do bear in mind one time, me and Casey in Somerville simply being like, let’s see how lengthy he can go [without taking out the trash],” Affleck mentioned. “Three days later we got here house, Matt was enjoying video video games, surrounded by outdated sushi bins.” 

And even with their shared account within the rearview mirror, the chums usually bumped into bother in Hollywood. “We’d get thrown out of some locations or we’d need to improve or downgrade relying on who had cash,” Affleck recalled.