Ben Affleck Says His “First Onscreen Kiss” With Matt Damon Was Cut From The Last Duel: “It’s Going To Have To Wait”
The famous BFFs are co-stars and co-writers of the Ridley Scott period piece, opening Oct 14.
Ben Affleck's kissing scene with Matt Damon was cut from The Last Duel.
The 49-year-old actor plays French nobleman Count Pierre d’Alençon in the historical drama alongside Matt Damon as French knight Jean de Carrouge and the pair were due to lock lips in a ceremony scene.
He said: "In the original actual version of that scene — the way that ceremony actually took place was that you kissed everybody on the mouth. And we had that in the script. That would’ve been our first on-screen kiss."
The pair were speaking to Entertainment Tonight when Ben chimed in: "It’s going to have to wait."
The scene was ultimately cut before filming, a decision made by director Ridley Scott.
Ben, who also wrote the script with Matt and Nicole Holofcener said: "Ridley thought it would be distracting, and his instincts are pretty good."
His co-star was quick to agree, noting that the characters "hated" each other so a kiss would be unrealistic.
Matt also went on to reveal a moment in the film — which was based on a true story — that was borne out of sheer improvisation.
He said: "Yeah, the two characters really hate each other and that was really fun. In fact, the scene where I kneel before him, Ben just improvised this thing where I started to say my line and he just interrupted me and goes, ‘Closer.’ And I have to kind of get up and kneel again in front of him. And that was just — he just did that and just kind of blurted that out, and it wasn’t in the script."
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