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For those of you already well versed in the history of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning breakout film "Good Will Hunting," this will be old news. But for everyone else, this will be a couple of interesting bits of "What Could Have Been..." Fifteen years ago this month, all the way back in 1998, "Good Will Hunting" went into wide release and to commemorate the occasion, Boston Magazine gathered together the principals for an oral history on the making of the movie, and it's a fascinating read. Along the way, there are some interesting tidbits about who almost directed the movie before Gus Van Sant came on board. And among them was Kevin Smith, who Affleck had already worked with on "Mallrats," and he helped kick open a very important door. "Ben gave it to Kevin Smith and said, 'Will you please save us? Will you direct this movie? »

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