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MATT RAINS SUPREME.

H E'S one of Hollywood's blessed children.

At 27, Matt Damon has an Oscar to his name for his own film, Good Will Hunting.

He commands a multi-million dollar price tag, thanks to this week's big movie The Rainmaker.

And his girlfriend is the beautiful star of Little Women, Winona Ryder. Yet a year ago he was unknown, struggling to get his dream project noticed - the multi-oscar nominated Good Will Hunting, written with his childhood friend Ben Affleck.

The pair had sold the film script for pounds 300,000 but could have got far more had they not insisted on starring in it themselves.

Only when Damon-admirer and Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola chose Matt for The Rainmaker, did the movie industry's wheels start turning in his favour.

Since that moment they've barely stopped.

"I started writing Good Will Hunting when I was 22, now I'm 27," Damon says.

"I was in a playwriting class at Harvard and created this character I wanted to play.

"My agent read the script and the next thing we know we're in a bidding war."

The Rainmaker is the latest John Grisham novel to make it to the big screen.

Damon stars as an idealistic young lawyer in a sleazy law firm who redeems himself by pressing a case against a big, unethical insurance company.

Read how Damon has coped with rocketing fame and wealth in our movie interview on Page Three of your essential listings guide, the A list.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 24, 1998
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