I went to the University of Vermont because I had a kind of unrequited love for this high school girlfriend. She wasn’t even at the University but at another school nearby. But I thought if I went to a school near her, just maybe … I was really remedial about girls in so many ways.
Two weeks after I got there, I called her room, and some guy answered the phone. ‘Who is this guy?’ ‘He’s helping me study,’ she says. Sure.
Then, when I was playing an intramural basketball game, I fractured my hip. I was miserable. I was now on crutches in the coldest university in America, living in the dorm farthest from the main campus, and I didn’t know a soul, nobody! I ate by myself in the cafeteria, and my girlfriend had a strange guy answering her phone. You laugh now, but I couldn’t even sit down in the cafeteria. I had to kind of lean over to eat. Things were quickly going sideways for me. It was the worst two and a half months of my life. I had to get away!
It was Thanksgiving. Obviously, things weren’t panning out. I hadn’t been to Spanish class in five weeks. I didn’t have a car. I called Matt. ‘You’ve got to pick me up. I can’t walk that well. Come and get me now!’ Matt was there in six hours. That was the last I ever saw of the University of Vermont.
– Ben Affleck remembers how Matt Damon rescued him during the worst months of his life x