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  Gus Van Sant's 1997 film Good Will Hunting — cowritten by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (who also star in the film) — follows the rise of a troubled Southie (Matt Damon) who works as a janitor at MIT where professors discover his unrecognized genius for mathematics. We first learn of the young man's talent for numbers during the beginning of the film when Stellan Skarsgård's teacher challenges his students with a complex math problem that he tells them it took MIT's greatest minds two years to solve. The equation is posted on a blackboard in a hallway, where Damon's Will Hunting quickly solves it. Skarsgård is amazed by the elusive prodigy. Nine Academy Award nominations later, audiences realized there might be something...

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