The Tuesday night premiere of Miramax’s “Good Will Hunting” at the Mann Bruin Theater in Westwood Village brought out young Hollywood’s leading lights. Co-star Robin Williams was a no-show, but thesps Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who wrote the screenplay for the inspirational comedy-drama, which is set in their native Boston, provided plenty of star power along with Minnie Driver.
The premiere benefited the American Film Institute, and AFI president Jean Firstenberg introduced Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, who lauded director Gus Van Sant for making a lovely movie despite Miramax’s legendary tight fists. Van Sant noted that his first film industry job was working for free on an AFI pic.
Afterward, partygoers trooped or limoed through the Village to the Westwood Brewing Co. for microbrews and Boston-inspired cuisine, from clam chowder to fried fish and Boston cream pies.
Also repping the film were Miramax’s Mark Gill and Meryl Poster. Spotted in the crowd were Matthew McConaughey, Claire Danes, Jacqueline Bisset, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Arkin, Julie Delpy, Samantha Mathis, Van Sant’s William Morris agent, John Burnham, and director Wes Craven.