NEW YORK, NY—In an interview with reporters shortly after his lauded performance as Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday Night Live, Matt Damon said that he consulted with his good friend Ben Affleck so he could learn how to play a wealthy white male accused of sexual misconduct.
"Affleck had a lot of great insights for me," Damon said of his friend who has been accused of groping women. "He told me how to have the right angry faces so we could really nail this Kavanaugh guy to the wall."
According to Damon, "getting into the head of a privileged white guy" was key to his acting on the episode of SNL. Talking with Affleck helped him develop his caricature of Brett Kavanaugh, exaggerating the mannerisms and "sense of entitlement" of an elite male facing serious allegations.
"It's important for any actor to do his research," Damon said as crew members removed his Kavanaugh makeup. "But luckily, whenever I have to play someone accused of sexual assault, I have lots of good friends to turn to for help."
At publishing time, sources had confirmed that Damon had also called up Harvey Weinstein, whom he's publicly defended from sexual assault allegations.