"You Could Call Him Down to Earth"
by Robert Ito
The New York Times
January 3, 2016
In the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” Matt Damon faces an existential crisis: Stay in Southie and work construction with his pals — “what’s wrong with layin’ brick?” he asks — or use his prodigious mathematical powers for, well, who knows what. His best friend, Ben Affleck, promises to kill him if he squanders his “winnin’ lottery ticket” and picks the bricks.