Ben Afflek and I Owe Everything to Him.
Matt Damon sat down with Katie Couric to speak about how the late Robin Williams helped influence his life along with friend Ben Afflek's life.
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Damon, who starred with Afflek and Williams in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting," spoke about his experience with Williams and how it helped influence his career.
"Ben [Affleck] and I owe everything to him," Damon, 43, told Couric. "He said yes to our movie and he got it made. I could never thank him enough. I look around at the life I have and how blessed I feel and so much of it started with him."
The news took Damon as much be surprise as anyone else who heard it for the first time.
"I was shocked," Damon continued to Couric of his reaction to the unexpected death of Williams, who committed suicide this past August. "I hadn't been in touch with him and obviously he was battling severe depression."
Williams had kept his depression, as well as his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease quiet, putting on a brave and humorous face as he continued his comedic and dramatic acting career.
"I think it affected everybody in the country, actually," Damon added. "We all felt like we knew him and that he was a part of our lives… I think everyone who wasn't there with him at the end feels bad that they didn't see it coming."
Damon went on to speak about how he hopes Williams tragic death can be a wakeup call for people who want to help those who are suffering from depression, or those who need to seek help when suffering from depression.
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"I hope that it can start a conversation in the country about depression and just how serious it is, and what an exceptionally powerful disease that it is," he said. "I hope I become better at checking in with my friends. I hope that we, as a country, get better at checking in with each other."