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Matt Damon used to escape controversy, while Ben Affleck used to be the punchline. What changed?

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Damon’s first controversy erupted in 2015 during the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the reality show he co-produced with Affleck, where they awarded an amateur filmmaker the opportunity to make a movie. During a conversation with the selection committee, Damon repeatedly interrupted producer Effie Brown, the only Black filmmaker in the room, as she raised her concerns about the potential director, telling her, “When we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.” Social media went wild over Damon explaining diversity to a Black woman. He ultimately issued an apology and acknowledged, in retrospect, that the scene looked really bad.

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